OutdoorUAE - July 2011
25 summer escape. The water temperature is generally very comfortable and warm but a short wetsuit is sometimes needed. The perfect temperatures, good swells and reliable winds make the whole section of coast popular for those in the know within the regions’ surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing communities. However it seems those in the know are pretty limited as breaks were relatively deserted while we were there. On the Thursday evening our numbers swelled to their maximum at 13. We were a fantastically international group - Carl and Mike (South African), Riley (Australian), Linda (Slovakian), Piedro (Italian), Jerome (Swiss), Roger (Lebanese), Joy (Taiwanese), Jeppe and Sten (Danish), Andryas and Smile (Indonesian) and myself (British). We were all united by a common bond: the desire to surf. Immediately we all fell into the pattern. Up early to catch the morning surf then back to camp for breakfast and a doze. Back out surfing before lunch, lunch then a post lunch nap, a mid afternoon session before a rest then finishing off with a sunset session. It would then be back to the camp for dinner cooked over an open fire by Carl. Honestly could our days be any more perfect?!?!? By the dawn of Day 3 my shoulders and core muscles were screaming and I’ll admit I had a steady day. I was beginning to get to grips with both the long board and the SUP and it was great to be feeling the new skill acquisition starting to take shape. When learning a new skill there is no good substitute for time spent ‘doing’ and this trip was the perfect kick start I’d been hoping for. The last day, Day 4, came around all too quickly. After the ‘normal’ dawn session and breakfast, camp was packed up then there was time for the last blast before lunch. Our vehicle left around lunch time and we were back in Dubai for around 7 after a pretty non stressful drive back (good navigation Linda!!). Big thanks to Carl and his team. I had a great weekend and I’ll be back. If you’re interested in joining one of the Surfaris you can contact Carl on info@surfadven- turesuae.com or by searching on Facebook for Surf Shop Dubai and Surf Adventures UAE for their groups. As well as the Oman trips there are also trips leaving for Sri Lanka and the Mal- dives.