Robert Parker in Bali

Robert Parker in Bali
blog contributor Robert Parker Surfing Bali

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Unfinished Business

After nearly thirty five years of living on or near the Southern Ocean I have now belatedly returned to live on the Australian Pacific Coast. This was my first home, the mystical the place of my youth, where I first earned my spurs as a surfer, but I ultimately left the small coastal town I came from to pursue work and career opportunities.

While I have been fortunate to enjoy half a lifetime of great waves with good friends in many fine places, I always felt I left a lot of unfinished business back in the water where I came from. Favorable circumstances have now allowed me to return to my origins and I am back in the subtropics living within a five minute walk to the nearest break.

From the first moment I stood upright on a board I became completely committed to never leaving the water until they carted me out. At the age of 55 I am more determined than ever to make good on that commitment. So I am traveling full circle and betting the mellow, warm water waves that I remember from my youth, if combined with plenty of stretching and healthy living, will allow me to log a lot more time in the tube for an awful lot longer.

2 comments:

  1. So where on the Southern Ocean of OZ were you residing! Vic?

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  2. I lived in South Australia, Mainly on Southern Yorke Peninsula, the South east Coast and capital Adelaide.

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