When it comes to sheer nostalgia Evans Head on a Sunday morning takes a lot of beating.
I’ve said before that going to Evans Head is a real trip back to the 60s and 70s – even the 50s! Not in every respect, of course, but in lots of nice little ways that appeal to people like myself.
On Sundays the old-time mood is even more intense because it’s when local families and those from the surrounding countryside head for the beach. This last Sunday there was an Over 8 malibu board contest going on – lots of little suntanned kids with zinc on their noses and cheerful young parents and scruffy, much-loved boards scattered on the grass at the base of the clubhouse. A clubhouse which, by the way, must be one of the few in Australia not to have become poshed up with a bistro and all those modern trappings that have turned the dear old surf club of yesteryear into something more resembling a country club (think Noosa!).
Anyway, I was sufficiently enraptured by this sunny Sunday scene of families enjoying the simple pleasures of the beach, just as we used to do …in Brisbane they’d probably be taking the kids shopping at the Direct Factory Outlets instead!
Paddle boarding is becoming pretty popular – I’m just not sure where it rates skillwise compared to ordinary surfing. Shall have to ask my surfer son and grandsons. This not-so-young paddle boarder was doing pretty well in the very small surf at Evans Head on Sunday, unaware that my lens was upon him!