This summer we took the big kid out boogie boarding at Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW. The surf there is mild, predictable, little kid starter waves. I thought he’d balk, he’s no daredevil that one, but he proved me wrong. I should have known. Put any piece of sporting equipment into this kid’s hands and he has a handle on it in minutes. So by the second wave he was turning toward shore and catching everything in. It was a joy to watch him fly. Next summer I think he’ll learn to surf.

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