A bye for coach Colling in July opened the door for a weeks break at Narooma on the Sth Coast. Trigg’s from the Shaping Shed loaded up his quiver of 5 boards alongside Gary’s three into the van. Unfortunately it wasn’t a Kombi, but fittingly labelled a Transporter (long wheelbase, 4wd turbo diesel). Both journeymen had owned Kombis in a previous life back in the 70’s, Gary personally boasted as many as 10 VW beetles and kombis. During our stay he in fact offered as much as $50,000 for an absolute Cracker discovered in the Dalmeny industrial estate (see pics). Such was his romantic fantasy with the Kombi that whenever he drove we ended up at the factory to make another offer.
Overall the surf proved to be a disappointment this year. Apart from Dalmeny the shallow banks had been dredged away by overflowing rivers at the Breakwall and Carters. 1.5 meters of swell would simply disappear as it approached the shoreline and just dump. Even surfing some fun peaks at middle beach with Phil Coates on the first day ended up being swallowed up by the rising water. The low tide was the only chance and the highlight of the trip came at Kianga reef with 2m freight train left handers kick starting off an almost dry section of nasty reef. My Gnaraloo 6’4″ pintail was perfect for a late drop and when returning to shore one of the parents of a brave 14y.o.grommet made the comment ‘what you needed was a gun out there son’.
Previously we have seen superb waves in this area, but at least the sun was out every day (bringing with it a surprise visitor – a black snake. Mrs Colling’s neighbour spotted 60 of these one summer) and we surfed all 8 boards stowed for the Journey. I guess when you think about it there’s not many reef breaks until you approach the Ulladullah area, whilst Victoria boasts a plethora, mind you some of these can also be pretty average.
As we headed back to vicco for more footy and a cooler ocean, we day dreamed of better waves next time and pondered why VW didn’t show some imagination when naming their new Models. The Kombi, now that’s got a good ring to it.