Ok, so back in college I was lucky enough to study abroad in Australia and my time down under will always hold some of my favorite memories. I’ve tried multiple times to convince my family to drop everything here and move back with me, but it has yet to work. Anyway, before my trip I tried to surf almost every day to get ready for the killer waves that I would encounter. I thought I could prepare myself, but the waves were bigger, faster, and more powerful than I could have imagined. While I was there I had a few spots that I had to hit up. Bells Beach, Victoria was one of them. Some of the biggest surf contests and best surfers come from Bells. I wanted to check out the surfing, but wasn’t quite confident enough to “give it a go”. This painting is from a photo I took there.
Down the road from Bells is a town called Torquay, the birthplace of Ripcurl. While we were visiting the town we stayed in a little hostel right around the corner from Ripcurl headquarters, where I was asked to do a Ripcurl Girl radio commercial in an “American” accent. For our payment we were able to pick whatever we wanted from their store. That night I introduced Mike to pizza with egg and ham, an Australian tradition.
Overall, the natural beauty and experiences I had in Oz are incomparable. The people have an extreme respect for their environment and thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. They also have adventurous spirits, which makes life unpredictable!
As for painting, I was really in the mood, so I decided to paint a wave too. They are harder to do than they look, I think I still need some practice, but I had fun throwing some other colors in there.
Random bit – Mike came home while I was still painting and was like “that is too weird” and just stood there. He told me he was going to ask that morning for me to paint a wave, but didn’t. It’s kinda weird how everything is connected and sometimes you don’t know why you are doing something but feel compelled to do it anyway.
Shout out to my surfer friends – I know we all still have the passion for it and I can’t wait until we can get back in the water together!
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