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December 27, 2008

CK party

Just before Chrissy, I was invited to go to a Calvin Klein party , held on Cockatoo Island in the harbour. Catching the boat across with other photogs, Richard , Peter etc..PC170030
Danielle from Ck and Mark from Mark Cavanagh welcome us on the islandPC170031
Inside , they had a great lighting installation with modelsPC170033
all wearing Ck of coursePC170034
Patty , taking notes for her blog
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Mi Mate Derek Henderson is herePC170042 PC170043
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Jumping of da Rock at the wedge

Nice little wave at the wedge todayPC140017
Big enough to jump of the rock ( save paddling out through the breakers )PC140018
Just have to time it right , to jump off just over the wave, jump too early and wave will just wash you back up on the rock ( not fun, as in lot of cuts and bruises )PC140020
Nice size summer waves, bring it onPC140021
My turn to jump offPC140022
After this setPC140023
Quite a few guys out , profiting from the fun waves PC140024
Waiting out the back for the setsPC140026
Pro boarder Mandy Zieren is out here as well, always bump into her every summer (check out this little vid on her )

December 25, 2008

Merry Xmas everyone

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December 22, 2008

Tedd Rall


December 21, 2008


Dropping of some files at Oyster, and everyone is really busy trying to get the last issue of to the printers before the Chrissy break. Rachael, busy on her 'puter

On our way back to Sydney

Wanted to go for a swim somewhere after the temple, but it was so windy now, that it was not pleasant even though the sun is out, but no waves and lots of wind, so we drive into Royal National Park instead, to check out WattamollaPC030002
Down at Wattamolla, as we head to the beach for a swim, I bump into some kids that just grabbed one these lizards. They are quite common around here, bathing in the sun on the rocks close to the water

Nan Tien Temple

Well, after that rush,something a bit more serene ? At Wollongong is the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere, and see-ing Jac's kids are Buddhists, why not take them a little visit_AUS2380
It is very serene here, and nice to just walk around_AUS2383
The bell of gratitude_AUS2403 _AUS2404 _AUS2417

North Beach Wollongong

After that extreme adrenalin rush, I need to just sit down , have some brekky, coffee and absorb all that information of that rush I just had 20 minutes ago. So we all have breakfast at this kiosk/cafe on the beach

Birthday jump

So here's the deal . . . , my sneaky girlfriend has been planning this for 4 months, even the kids knew about ( yes, they're good at keeping secrets ) So for 4 months Jac's has been telling that for my birthday she would take me to this great secret surfing spot south of Sydney, that she swears I have never surfed before. The closer it came to my birthday she would get me to check the long range surf swell forecast and kept saying " Oh you're going to get a good surf, you will be getting barreled for sure " So I was thinking, it has to be pipe down near Jervis bay or something. So for 4 months she's been telling me as well, that you know, it's not a big present, I just want you to have a good surf etc...etc..., so I was totally suckered into thinking I was going to be going surfing and was really looking forward to finding out where this magic secret surfing spot was that she was going to take me to. Already planning future trips to this spot again if I had a good surf there. I did find it strange however, that the night before, I find out that the kids will be taking the day off school as well to come with us ( there goes the romantic idea of the two of us on some secluded secret surfing spot ) Anyway, we had to leave early in the morning and are driving to Sydney, across the harbour bridge, and the whole time Jac's is a bit stressed out with all the traffic, and it taking so long to deal with this peak hour traffic ( before we left, I was still occupying myself with watering the garden, thinking, well, the secret surfing spot is not going anywhere ) Once we were on the highway south , and the traffic was smooth, I though why don't we stop at the Bulli Pass lookout , great look out , could show the kids Wollongong. A flat resounding no was the reply from Jac, she was a bit stressed for time as she has me booked in for lunch at this great restaurant down there, and she just wants me to be able to have a good surf before lunch ( A restaurant, a good restaurant, so close to a secret surfing spot, weird ) Well, to cut a long story short, when she took the Wollongong exit, I was sort of thinking, well , no secret spots down here, and when we got to North beach and I saw the swell coming in ( small ) I was already resigning myself to having a mediocre surf, but thought not to complain about it as Jacs went to so much trouble to bring me to this " great, secret surfing spot " right on the main beach ( I was thinking, Jac's clearly does not understand the secret part of a secret surfing spot ) But then she just blurted out , you're not going surfing, you're going skydiving !! Huh, what .. ? But, ...but ... well, why did we bring the surfboard ? I was shell shocked, and 5 minutes later I was in my spiffy outfit. ( that's why Jacqui was so stressed, as she had me booked din for a 9 am jump, and we were running late, they actually called her, just as we parked the car ) So, the above photo, is me, about 15 minutes later after finding out, still a bit shell shocked, like yeah, this is really happening, always wanted to do it, but never got around to looking into it , let alone booking it. So it was weird, because this is it, you are doing it now, no time to wind yourself up about it , you know a week or even a day before, no this is happening now. After this shot , we went on a bus, and drove about 20 minutes south of Wollongong to an airport where a plane was waiting for us. So me very brief instructions and on the plane we went, Dan was my "teacher/tandem jumper"  When we got to the airport I was amped, still somewhat apprehensive , but still amped, YEEEEEAAAAAAHHH, let's do this  . . . . . .! ! ! !Sson_on_beforefreefall_034
On the plane ( very cramped) not a fancy plane with seats, just the empty space for us to sit on the floor and get ready to jump ( don't let that smile fool you, I'm still a bit apprehensive/nervous, but also really keen to do this, I mean , it is now 9 thirty or so , and still have not had a coffee, and just found out 30 minutes I'm jumping out of a plane at about 35 thousand feet , wooohoooo )Sson_on_beforefreefall_069
I'm so glad Jacqui has booked me in on the jump at Wollongong, as opposed to Bilpin/Richmond/Windsor/Bankstown areas. The view would just have been some cow paddocks, now I get the best view of the coastline, and yes, I was frothing not to be able to have my own camera and take some shots ( maybe next time )Sson_on_beforefreefall_072
Just look at the view ( and yes, if i took the pics with my canon it would look a lot better )Sson_on_beforefreefall_074 Right on top of Wollongong now, I AM AMPED TO DO THIS NOW , bring it on !!!! The landing zone will be just on the left of frame, dark rectangle shaped area on the beach just to the left of the headland sticking out /\Sson_on_beforefreefall_077
Here we go, second one to go out , man this is gonna be a big buzzSson_on_freefall_094
Oh my, we are so high I'm thinking, look at it , I'm just checking out the heightSson_on_freefall_097
This is about the time, you see me as a black dot in the photo in the previous postSson_on_freefall_098
I'm loving this , I don't use the word hardly ever on my blog , but FAAAAAAARK, this is awesomeSson_on_freefall_100
Heading straight downSson_on_freefall_102 Sson_on_freefall_105
Fark, look at the view ! ! ! ! !Sson_on_freefall_109
In this photo , and the next , you can actually imagine me mouthing
aaaarrrrkkkkkkkSson_on_freefall_115 Sson_on_freefall_118
Now the real fun startsSson_on_freefall_127 I get to " fly" spin and turn , but the smallest of hand movementsSson_on_freefall_130 Sson_on_freefall_131 Sson_on_freefall_183 Sson_on_freefall_202
I'm having funSson_on_freefall_203 Sson_on_freefall_204 Sson_on_freefall_208 Sson_on_freefall_220 And now the chute opensSson_on_freefall_229
That free-fall was a blast, but we still got a way to go down yet Sson_on_freefall_230
And in this part , there is still a lot of fun as well, as we maneuver the chute in tight circles giving a spiraling downwards feel as we descendSson_on_postfreefall_241 And by pulling on the strings on the chute, we do such tight turns that we end up parallel to the ground, so we are nearly perfectly face down to the ground underneath us, what a buzz !!!Sson_on_postfreefall_247
The park on the left on the beach is where we are aiming for Sson_on_postfreefall_276
But not before I get a go at pulling the strings, oh man, this is so much fun, and look at the view, all that darker area as you look north, is the Royal National park south of Sydney, what a glorious day to be doing thisSson_on_postfreefall_278
There is still a lot of pull on those strings to get a good turn in, and I'm just so fixated with looking around at the ground beneath me, never been on this height and not be going at 600 or so km an hourSson_on_postfreefall_329
nooooooo, it's over already !Sson_on_postfreefall_334
That was such a buzz, and stoked to have done with the very chilled and fun Kiwi Dan, who , I'm sure , put in a few extra turns in for me. How do I know this ? Because we were the second out of the plane, but about the 6th to land, as we were " surfing " on the way down !!!!Sson_on_postfreefall_366
So here's the gang back on ground, Jac's took pics as I was coming down. Jac's happy to see me in one piece and not splattered on some patch of grassSson_on_postfreefall_380
So guys, have you got such an amazing girlfriend  that can pull of such a big surprise for your birthday. As I found out later, Jacqui was so stressed about it, especially the last 2 days, she had restless nights of sleep, worrying that I might find out , ha :-)

December 20, 2008

Oh yes I did BB

That little black dot right behind the plane, that would be me_AUS2349s
After about 30-45 second freefall, I chute back down to earth_AUS2350s
My first time parachuting, so first timers always have to go tandem_AUS2365s
And back on the ground, woauw, that was Fun with a capital F