The Sydney weather had turned a bit sour and I found myself paddling alone on a grey ominous day with dark clouds and rain imminent. I decided to make it a quick paddle and headed up into the glassy waters of Middle Harbour. Fairly quickly however I found myself looking for a little excitement, and it came via a slow-moving pleasure cruiser that steamed past me. On a whim, I turned and raced into the boat’s wake, jumping up the first wave and plunging my nose into the following wave, before throwing up sheets of water over myself – all whilst laughing like a maniac at the spontaneous fun of it.
For the rest of the morning I zig-zagged across the waterway chasing any passing boat so I could dance around in their wakes. Sometimes I’d surf them, sometimes I’d plunge into them, but all the while I was giggling like a school-kid at the silly fun of it all.
The traditionalists might say I’m being juvenile, but this paddling caper is supposed to be all about having fun, right?? Just get out there, get wet and have a great time outdoors… I promise you’ll come home with a smile on your face. Cheers! – FP
Nothing like boat wakes to liven up a flatwater paddle. As a young bloke I got in trouble with the water police for surfing tugboat wakes under the harbour bridge. These days I’m too slow to cath them 😉