Ohope is around the headland from Whakatane and
said to be one of the safest surf beaches in NZ therefore good for a first
lesson. Skipper was easily talked into having a go.......
Don't remember what was so funny but all seems
quite easy with the board on the sand and fins snug in holes we dug for
The picture of the Haka-hula dance may have been
edited! Beaver (guy who runs the Salt Spray surf school) describes the
stance as a combination of the Haka, better known from the All Blacks
version prior to a rugby match, and the Hula dance also better known as the
dance of grass skirts from Hawaii.
Some wobbly attempts and A gets the very basics,
more practice and lessons along the way with a bit of luck.
The grin seems to go with the