"What a week! Who knew I'd like a water sport!? Surf Camp has been amazing and I made some great friends while I was there. Ramos, Beck and I teamed up and hit the front of the coach on the way there. Got the conversation going with a few of the others and made a few more friends before we got down to Seven Mile Beach, which is about two hours south of Sydney. When we arrived one of the instructors, Jord, gave us a run down of the week, the rules and what to expect. He tells us by Wednesday night we'll all be so tired we'll barely be able to lift a glass. We've jumped into a dorm with a few of the people we were talking to on the bus so there's no awkward first meetings while we are all getting ready for bed which is ace. There's a big group of people though, around 60, so it's a good mix of people from across the globe. Lesson one we covered the basics, getting on the board and pushing up into a push-up position. Nailed a couple of waves back to shore doing that. Our second lesson taught us how to get to our knees and things started to get a little more tricky balance wise. It s tiring, especially carrying the boards around and getting back out into the water, but it's exhilarating when you catch a wave! During lesson three we were finally taught how to pop up and try to stand. Here's where things get difficult. You have to be roughly central on the board, maybe slightly towards the back and getting your back foot up under you so you can push up and stand smoothly is difficult when you aren't very bendy! Or have a bit of a gut.... But, I still managed to nail one wave! What a rush! Granted I only stayed stood up for a few seconds, but man I was pleased!! After that it was just practise, practise, practise! I did start getting better at standing up but I fell off loads... And then, on Thursday, we did what you can only do in Australia for Christmas Day. Spend it on the beach! We had fantastic weather for the morning and we built a Sandman in place of a Snowman. It rained during the afternoon but we had a proper Christmas dinner washed down with goon and beers. Not everyone surfed the next morning unsurprisingly. I got up and get it one last bash, it really is an excellent hang over cure. Although, I was tired beyond belief when we got back to Sydney. But, this time I'm staying with Beau and don't have to worry about noisy roommates! Just a bloody cat."