Surfari

h3Surfarih3pShedresponsibilityandanswerthecalloftheswell...comeonaSurfariwithTimBaker.brbrWhatifyoucoulddefytheslowmarchofageShelveallyourworldlypressurespackupthefamilyandafewtrustysurfboardsandhittheopenroadfortheGreatAustraliansurfingroadtripInspiredbythedreamsofhisyouthsurfwriterTimBakerembarksontheBigLapinsearchoftheperfectwaveanddomesticbliss.brbrWhatfollowsisastoryforanyonewhohaseverdreamedofanalternativetothebusymicroscheduledexistenceofworkschoolshoppingandthedailydrudge.ItisastoryforanyonewhowantstoknowwhathappenswhenafamilyoffourliveintheconfinedspaceofacaravanforsixmonthsbrbrTheresultisalivelycolourfulaccountoftradingyourlifeforanothervarietyandthedelightsanddangersthatlayinwaitwhenyoudaretochaseyourdreamsandfollowanotherpath.brbrstrongTimBakerstrongisthebestsellingauthorofBustinDownTheDoorHighSurfOccyandSurfForYourLifeRandomHouse2009.HeisaformereditorofTracksandAustraliasSurfingLifemagazines.HehastwicewontheSurfingAustraliaHallofFameSurfCultureAwardandbeennominatedfortheCUBAustralianSportsWritingAwards.HeiscurrentlyaseniorcontributortoSurfingWorldTheSurfersPathUKTheSurfersJournalandUSSurfingandSurfermagazines.brbrAt45hehasworkedinthemediaandsurfingmagazinesfor25yearsandhassurfedandtraveledthroughoutAustraliaIndonesiaHawaiiCentralandSouthAmericaNorthAmericaEuropeSouthAfricaFijiTahitiandSriLanka.HelivesinCurrumbinQueenslandwithhiswifeandtwochildren.brbrstrongSurfaristrongbrRandomHouseAustraliabrAuthorTimBakerbrISBN9781864712131brPrice34.95brbrbrph3InterviewwithTomBakerh3pstrongQuestionstrongWhatinspiredyoutolivethedreamsofyouryouthandembarkonasurfingroadtripandthenwriteSurfaribrbrstrongTomBakerstrongItwasthememoryofabookIreadasanewlysurfstokedteenagerSurfariHighwayabouttwofriendsdrivingaroundAustralia.Iwasprobably15whenIreaditandvowedthenandtherethatassoonasIleftschoolandgotadriverslicenceIddoasimilartrip.SomehowInevergotaroundtoitsoat46IfigureditwasnoworwaituntilIwasaGreyNomadandIwaskeentodoitwhileIcouldstillsurfatareasonablelevel.Alsoourkidswereagoodagetopulloutofschoolandtakeontheroadat5and9.IputtheideatomywifeandGodblesshershelovedit.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhatshouldreadersexpectinSurfaribrbrstrongTomBakerstrongItsanhonestaccountofourjourneyaroundAustraliaforbetterandforworsemyownstrugglestostrikethatelusiveworklifefamilybalancejugglingwritingdrivingsurfingandfamilylifeontheroad.itryandpaintapictureofsurfculturearoundthecountryandtherichcastofcharactersweencountered.UltimatelyIthinkitsabitofalovelettertomycountry.Weliveinaparadiseandmoreofusshouldgetoutandseeit.IfIwastryingtosumitupIdsayBillBrysononasurfboard.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongCanyoutalkaboutthedifficultiesofafamilyoffourlivinginacaravanforsixmonthsbrbrstrongTomBakerstrongThelongdrivesaretestingforeveryone.WeboughtthekidsiPodtouchesforChristmasasonboardentertainmentunits.Remarkabledevices.RIPSteveJobs.Audiobooksandmusicandevenmoviesaregreatbutwefoundthegamesreallyspunouryoungboyoutabitafterawhile.Toomuchstimulation.ThecloseconfinesofthevancanfeelabitoppressiveafterawhilebutatsuchtimesIjustremindedmyselftostepoutside.Youareusuallysomewherebeautifulandthereisacalmingbushsettingabrilliantnightskyorstunningseascapetooadmire.Beingaroundeachother247canbeexhaustingandarealrelationshiptest.Ithinkwedidwelloverallbutwecertainlyhadourmoments.Packinghealthysnacksforthedrivesisagoodstrategy.MywifeKirstenwouldalwayshaveacontainerofcutupapplecarrotstickscelerysticksandthelikeinthecarandiftherewasnothingelsetoeatthekidswouldgladlyeatthemandbewaybetteroffthaneatinggreasyroadhousefare.Workingasateamisparamount.TherearehundredsofstrategicdecisionstobemadealongajourneylikethisandIthinkwhenKirstandIlearnttosetasidewhowasrightandjustconsultweendedupmakingreallygooddecisionstogether.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongIsthisatripyoudrecommendedforotherfamiliesbrbrstrongTomBakerstrongAbsolutely.Ifeellikewehavebeenreallybondedbytheexperience.Wearetheonlyfourpeopleintheworldwhoreallyknowwhatthatjourneywaslikeandwelltreasurethememories.Ithasbeenareallyformativeexperienceforthekids.TheywerealreadyquiteoutgoingbutIthinkithasmadethemmoresocialconfidentandadaptable.SomanyAustralianstraveloverseasbeforeseeingtheirowncountrybutthereissomethingquiteprofoundinreallygettingtoknowyourowncountry.Sovastandsodiverse.TheKimberelyandKakaduwererealhighlightsandprovidedsomeintimateinsightsandencounterswithIndigenousculturethatwellneverforget.TherewasagorgewalkwedidinKarijiniNationalParkthatwaslikeourentirejourneyinmicrocosmhavingtoworktogethertonavigatedifficultterrainhelpandbepatientwitheachotherencouragethekidstostretchtheirlimitsbutmakesuretheyweresafe.Whenwegottotheendofthishourlongwalkthroughaquitechallenginggorgewewereallonanincrediblehighandconfrontedwiththemoststunningviewimaginable.Ithinkatanydifficultmomentsinthefuturewecanhopefullysummonthatexperience.brbrbrInterviewbyBrookeHunterppnbspppnbspp


 



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