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Published September 11th 2012
Warning: Warnings in this article may put you off kayaking
Do you feel those first, slow, stirrings of a sizzling summer in the air? Do you feel like slipping out of winter hibernation and getting amongst sand and water? But you feel like the water's still just a bit too cold? And you feel like you've got just a bit too much winter pork on those bones to be working your cossie on the beach like it's January 2012?
If you answered 'yes' to all of the above, then why not address all four issues at once by hitting the water in a kayak? You can enjoy the sunshine and the warm air. Surround yourself with the beautiful blue water without actually getting the freezing stuff on your skin. And, wielding your paddle, you can burn off a bit of that winter pork.
Undoubtedly the best place for this is the Currumbin Estuary/Rivermouth area. You can hire single or tandem kayaks from The Boatshed on the southern side of Thrower's Bridge.
Don't worry if you're on a solo mission. There's plenty of Estuary to paddle up and down embracing the serenity all day. And there are plenty of pelicans to keep you company. (Warning: When I say 'keep you company' I mean 'stare at you with their creepy little eyes and intimidate the crap out of you.')
If you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend, you can make it a Romantic Couple's Paddling Adventure. (Warning: Couples who argue when they try to work together should not get a tandem kayak.) Stop off for a picnic on the beach at the Alley, or at one of the shaded duckboard platforms on the north side of the Estuary, which are pretty much made for romantic picnics. Maybe even indulge in some Waterside Hanky Panky Time. If you can keep it up under the disapproving gaze of the pelicans, that is. (Warning: DON'T make the north side of the river-mouth the site of your romantic picnic. This is a dog beach, where excited canines constantly run free, and you will most likely find your gourmet crackers and beetroot dip being mauled by Fido and Spot before your horrified eyes.)
Grab some mates and form a Kayak Gang. Create your own fleet. Take over the Estuary. Start a war with the Stand Up Paddle-Boarders and turn it into an aquatic battlefield, ringing with the clanging of water-sports equipment. Alternately, and more peacefully, have you ever thought of synchronised kayaking? Of course, the downside of kayaking with friends is there's always that one idiot who will spend the day splashing everyone and trying to tip them out. (Warning: It's all fun and games until someone's jugular is severed with a paddle.)
Whichever way you do it, your day will be filled with sand, sun, surf, and the toning of your biceps. All without getting wet. Until some idiot tips you out, that is. (Warning: Don't let anybody tip you out as a shark is swimming past.)