When it comes to playing in the water, Cowaramup has immediate access to some of the best surfing, kitesurfing, fishing and wine. We return to Ben”s farm from our trip down South and are rewarded with days of swell and wind.
Augusta just South of Margaret River is a sleepy little town that has a rivermouth and a long sandbar, which is perfect for kitesurfing on a SE to SW wind, as you can glide along on crystal clear glassy waters in 30 knots of wind. You glide at full speed along the inlet, just meters from the sand dunes.
A bit further North is the famous wave at the Yallingup Reef. I caught one wave outside, then tried to escape the next big set, and was magically presented with two boards. Fortunately, the locals know how to fix these things: the board now has two stringers and is in better shape than ever. Because of the strength of the waves boards here have much stronger layers of fibreglass on them, and are also heavier.
The only mellow break is a spot called Huzzas in the middle of Cowaramup Bay. Luckily, Ben gave us his classic longboard for a ride while our board was still in the hands of a magic board doctor in Gracetown.
Prevelly down at Margaret River does not only offer a world class surf wave, the bay also offers beautiful options for kiting. The locals don”t even bother with the flat bit, they go straight to the large walls of whitewater and play.
Everywhere we are reminded of the concept of conscious living. This corner of the world is very special, because of its unique natural beauty and the spirit of the people. One example is Samudra, a blend of relaxing cafe, yoga, surfing, and food for life (see www.samudra.com.au).
Our good friend Ben made us feel at home. Our time here was very special. We shall return!
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