on one side I had the big blue full moon with such vibrant rays that you would swear that someone somewhere had the biggest floodlight you could ever see saturating the whole night sky. on the other, the orange sunset so typical of autumn and disappearing behind the great dividing range filling the moving water as you slide down another wave with what looks like the most brilliant shades of orange and yellow and purple you have ever seen.
for years i have heard rumours of a crowd of people who line up parallel to the sandy beaches of coolangatta a mere 100 metres out from the shore. it only happens under a full moon
people wonder why people get addicted to surfing. here is a brief reason why.. waves are tricky. you need to wait for certain weather a long distance away to become highly unstable.
you then need to wait for the ripples created by this chaos to travel to where your coastline.
then you need to wait for a tide which changes only twice daily to provide enough water above a reef or rock or sandy bottom which can in the form of a malleable solid.
the wind then has to come from a direction from the shore moving to the sea. for most people the time at which the wind does this does not suit their lifestyle.
then you have to make sure that you are in the right place at the right break at the right time.
then you have to have the right equipment fitness stoke and whatever else to ride the water that has moved from 1000s of kilometers away. that is surfing. now think about night surfing.... you have the wind, rocks, tides, boards, time and LIGHT.
the fullmoon surf was a little eerie when looking out to sea at the trawlers and not knowing how far or close they were. a wave would come and you would ride forever on 2 foot crystal glistening peelers around the rocks and into rainbow bay. the waves sparkle the whole way in by the lights from the apartments and hotels that surround the coastline around this part of the world.
the spring and summer time of year on the eastern coast of australia tends will bring with it warm and strong winds from the north. the northerlys do nothing for the majority of the australian east coast for creating good conditions for surfing. a place close to home however thrives in the conditions.
the reports looked good for the island. the northerlys were coming and despite the lack of swell, a small adventure a few hours north from my current little place in rainbow bay, i knew would be at least providing the best beach conditions you could ever imagine.
i got the message from a mate just as i was boarding the ferry, the waves were down but the weather was epic.
this didnt worry me. the island is simply one of the most beautiful places you could ever go. its a completely natural playground that never gets old.
the waves were very small..... so small that it looked like a lake.... so small that this often very dangerous place would easily deceive any daytrippers that were passing through into thinking it was probably one of the safest beaches theyd ever seen.
we snuck down to a secret little gorge jumping spot. mostly locals only know or those that have been going for years. the sun was hot, the water was warm and there wasnt another person in sight.