st Leu: It seems absurd to go to a tropical island where you look out at one of the best left point breaks in the world from your breakfast table. It is crazy to watch line after line double overhead perfection chasing through from dawn... unridden!! In a previous life this was Nirvana. As a student I fantasised about this wave: Warm water on my front-side as a goofy footer. So here I am, thirty years later, with the place to myself. The only problem is I have no board and surfing is more-or-less banned on account of sharks and I'm here to fly paragliders. It was with more than a little reluctance that I dragged myself away from watching a handful of locals ripping this peeling point perfection to go and compete in a paragliding competition.
I was completely preoccupied with the surf which was visible all day from the air. Imagine my surprise, therefore, as I stumbled into goal in the lead after 70km of to-and-fro. I decided to treat the day as a ridge run. Not really the best strategy after telling my compatriots to stay high, but there you have it.
We are seven South Africans at this event and it is shaping up to be a blast. The entire team made goal and we are in third position as a nation!
pics to follow