Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Limitations of the Pass

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Limitations of the Pass

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I FIRST surfed at The Pass 30 years ago on a wave ski, or goat boat, as they were so uncharitably called by surfers in those days.

But happily I quickly saw the error of my ways, ditched the ski and bought myself a longboard, starting an ongoing love affair with surfing.

It was in the white water near Thommoas Rock, well away from the point at The Pass, where I learned to surf and even today I can still relive the thrill of standing up for the first time. However, knowing my own limitations and being a mature-age learner-surfer, it was many months before I was confident enough to venture anywhere near the point.

Back in those days, you mightnat have known their names, but you knew just about everyone in the water and there was a degree of wave sharing and surf etiquette.

Given a dicky shoulder, which makes paddling difficult and painful, combined with disenchantment with crowded breaks, my ventures into the surf these days are sporadic.

And when I do go the chances of surfing anywhere near the point at The Pass are zero. …

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