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Coasting : Issue 15 September 2010
6 central coast • new south wales COASTING COVER STORY Shop 4/165 The Entrance Road, The Entrance Phone 4334 6844 Fax: 4334 6855 34 Karalta Road, Erina/former A-Mart store Phone: 4365 6600 Fax: 4365 6055 Next door to Good Guys, parking at rear HELIUM TANK RENTAL 0.6m3 (approx 50 balloons) - $3999 1.2m3 (approx 100 balloons) - $6999 3.5m3 (approx 300 balloons) - $13999 THESE PRICES INCLUDE HELIUM TANK HIRE ONLY ( 5 DAYS HIRE) BALLOON HELIUM PRICING STANDARD FOIL BALLOONS - $299 1-12 - $1.25 EACH • 13-24 - $1.20 EACH 25-36 - $1.15 EACH • 37+ - $1.00 EACH SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS 50c ADDITIONAL PER BALLOON (INCLUDES RIBBONS & CLIPS - BALLOONS NOT INCLUDED) Conditions Apply - Enquire Within c8739407-2Sep CHILLIN': The girls take a break from the water. Picture by Simon Williams. firstname.lastname@example.org w Sounds like a reality TV show in the making, right? Fox Sports thought so, too. A 30-minute documentary on the June trip, A Surfer's Paradise, is due to screen on the channel later this year. Melting pot Joining Woods aboard the Mangalui-Ngula (which is skippered by Terrigal's Matt Cruden) was a mix of girls from surfing's World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the elite World Championship Tour (WCT). Former world champion Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Paige Hareb (New Zealand), Claire Bevilaqua (Australia), Sage Erickson (USA), Claudia Concalves (Brazil), Ornella Pelizzari (Argentina), Serena Brooke (Australia), and Sarah Beardmore (United Kingdom) each brought aspects of their respective cultures and backgrounds into Woods' melting pot. "Sometimes on the [WCT] tour girls gravitate into little groups," Woods said. "But we had girls on the trip who didn't know each other. But some did." When the girls surfed off the Mentawai Islands, there were no series points or cash on offer. Not that you could always tell. "We were definitely still competitive in the ocean, which was kind of funny," Woods said. "There was no relaxing on the waves. Everyone was still trying to out-do each other -- only it was really light-hearted and more of a party environment. "That kind of free surfing is really fun, and it's kind of what I live for. A lot of the girls on that boat will be lifelong friends now. They were awesome, and a really cool group." Personalities tested The surfing was heaven sent, and the partying epic, but the trip was not without its challenges. "Having one bathroom with that many girls on board was probably the worst thing," Woods laughed. "We were all in one cabin with nine beds, and by the end of the week there was just basically crap everywhere -- clothes and wet swimmers... you name it, it was in that cabin. It was pretty crazy." Being in each other's faces for days on end also revealed plenty about each girl's personality. "And generally girl surfers have pretty strong personalities -- to basically put up with all the crap that we have to put up with in the water all of the time," she said. "So getting to know the girls on a more personal level was interesting."
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