Ever dreamed you could surf, snowboard and skate in one day?
We are only limited by our own imagination and where our priorities lie in life. There is a huge world out there with so much fun to be had and if you want to, if you really want to, you can achieve whatever your imagination dreams up.
The “triple threat” Australian style!
I had heard about the triple threat – where you attempt to surf, snowboard and skate in one day and document it in film. The triple threat is possible in a number of places across the world: Chile, New Zealand, Canada, California (to name a few) but I’d never seen it done in Australia. The last few snow seasons have seen me bang on about the concept to friends. This year, with the vision, enthusiasm and support of my four closest friends, we made it happen.
The long road out of Sydney
To pull this off we needed to get as close to the mountains as possible, but still in a spot that was going to pick up the sizeable south swell that our surf forecaster friend at Swellnet had predicted. We headed south for six hours with just a pin drop on Google Earth as our planned destination. It wasn’t until well after midnight that we arrived, weaving past all these cute little sleepy fishing towns on the way. I don’t think I’ve ever dodged as many kangaroos in my life. I was terrified of hitting them – unpredictable little shits, they bounce everywhere!
It’s pumping and it’s perfect!
I had no expectations. Not a clue as to what I was going to wake up to. Falling asleep just off the beach, I could hear the waves darting up and down the coast from my car, so I knew it was going to be big. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit apprehensive about the impending pounding I was going experience! And when we woke up: it was pumping. Sets rolling off the headland, protected from the wind, backlit with the pink glow of sunrise. It was ON and there wasn’t another soul in sight… just us. Five great friends and unexpected, good waves…waves for days and days! I got slammed paddling back out after my one wave and gave up, but the boys had one of the best sessions I’ve ever seen. Froth levels were high. Super high. If we didn’t have an incredible day mapped ahead of us, the boys would’ve stayed out there till dark.
The Snowy Mountains and multi-faceted Australia
In just a short drive everything changes: the trees, the landscape, the light. The coastline is dusty and deserted that far south but just a few kms inland there are lush forests, farms and quaint little towns. There is this old school feel to the South Coast that makes you want to re-locate and set up shop.
About three hours later we could see the snow on the peaks and the familiarity of Lake Jindabyne welcomed us back. We suited and booted into our snowboarding kit and got up that mountain as quickly as we could. We had three hours of shred time until they shut the lifts. And shred we did. In that sweet Thredbo springtime, sunny slush that we come to love in Australia!
Lake hangs and Swellnet
We have a friend that embodies the title “frother”. Though we are all partial to the title (my nickname is ‘Frothenberg!), Craig aka Swellnet (he is a forecaster for the surf website), is one of the most excitable frothers we are blessed to call a friend. On a last minute whim, he got into his car and drove the six hours to join us for the end of the day, catching the last moments of dusk by the lake. ROMO is strong in this one (reality of missing out!).
Truck-lit skateparks into the night…
Our lake hangout session gave us a moment of rest that we desperately needed. It was 7pm and we had been giving it 110% since dawn. We were beat but keen to keep pushing it and getting the shots we needed to make this great film. We gathered our cars and flooded the skatepark with their headlights. It was just us; cruising the skatepark and creating abstract shadows across its stark concrete. Barefoot blow-tail after barefoot blow-tail, the skate session really cemented the day. Just a group of friends out to challenge themselves in the sports they love, in a country that can offer us so much.
9pm and officially knackered, we cracked a beer, blew some bubbles and reflected on That One Day that will sit in our memories forever. Man what a day….
A dream realised…
I couldn’t have completed this lifelong dream with out the incredible energy of my four amazing friends: Mark New, Blake Lindley, Luke Bedford and Tristan FS. To be surrounded by such positive energy and never-ending encouragement is something that I am so grateful for. A special thank you goes to Tristan FS who jumped into this project headfirst, exploring every creative execution and camera accessory he could muster. Again, I am so blessed to have someone in my life that shares the same creative vision as I do. Thanks Tristan. I have the upmost respect for you buddy. You are brilliant. X