Meet the Fraker: Part II

-

- Advertisment -

The temperatures are high here in Australia, as are our spirits. It’s been two weeks since our arrival. We’re still trying to find Bailey a cheap/decent bike. And a job. We flew with my bike and her skateboard which lands the energy demand of our primary transportation on my legs. Most days I ride solo to the course for my workouts, but when we go to the grocery store or any where else together Bailey holds onto the seat post of my bike and is pulled along closely behind me. Luckily she’s is skilled enough and the ground is flat enough for this to be a viable technique. We get a lot of funny looks.

Many of my trips land me in random places far from anything cool except for a slalom course. As most of our courses these days are artificial and can be built anywhere, they are often the only attraction. All too frequently the desire to rest and be close to the internet to stay in touch with family and girlfriend pulls me into my room where I spend most non-training minutes on my laptop. I’m sure that sounds ridiculous, but I’ve been living this lifestyle for so long that it’s easy to take the chance to travel and see new things for granted. Sometimes I even resent it. This year is and will remain different. Partially because my girlfriend is here and is not content to spend my non-training minutes with me on the laptop.

This past Sunday was my first day off. It’s a popular day to take off, and some friends were planning to go to the beach near Sydney and then into the city for sushi after. Roommate Chris, Bailey and I decided to jump in on the group adventure. Our excursion, lead by Italian friend and 2010 World Champion Daniele Molmenti, was awesome. We jumped off cliffs into the ocean, got sunburned through the overcast Australian sky, and gorged ourselves on great Japanese food.


In the words of Chris, “I’m not sure how much I actually rested today, but that was an amazing mental recovery day.” I guess the moral of the story is resting can be overrated and bringing people you care about along for an adventure is always worth the trouble it takes to tow them on a skateboard.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a French-made watersports icon, BIC Sport merged with Tahe Outdoors to...

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood...

2021 Photo Contest Entries Are In

2021 Photo Contest Entries 2021 was a great year to get out and paddle. Check out some of the incredible...

Win a pair of Loyak water shoes from Astral

    More sweepstakes from Astral Win a BirdDog PFD from Astral Win an Astral E-Ronny PFD  
- Advertisement -

And In This Corner, Weighing In At….! Alpacka Hits the Water Running in 2022 With New Lightweight Boat Line-up

Yes, it sounds like a boxing announcer, and for good reason. Pack raft maker Alpacka is packing in a...

Hellooh 2022: Slew of Acquisitions Lead to Changing Face of Paddlesports

In the past few years, there’s been a changing of the guard of sorts in the paddlesports sector, with...

Must read

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We...

Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you