This bushie is on board with our great surf life­savers

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GROW­ING up in western NSW, a trip to the beach wasn’t re­ally an op­tion.

Now I’ve moved closer to the coast, I’ve de­cided it’s time to hit the beach and even learn to surf.

Be­fore you wax heads go pale at the idea of a grommet like me blun­der­ing on to your waves, I opted to by­pass the likes of Bondi for some­where quiet. I hit the jack­pot with gor­geous Toowoon Bay on the Cen­tral Coast, a shel­tered beach that’s per­fect for kids and for surfers sport­ing L plates.

I was warmly wel­comed by mem­bers of the Toowoon Surf Life Sav­ing Club, who helped me get the hang of it. Or should I say the hang 10.

But the only hang­ing go­ing on was my head – be­ing a tad top-heavy makes it hard to stand on a board.

I fig­ured I’d be more com­fort­able on the sand than in the wa­ter so I gave some of the young­sters a run for their money in the beach flags.

The club just marked its 61st an­niver­sary, along the way sav­ing many lives and help­ing count­less peo­ple.

If you’re at the beach, re­mem­ber to thank the surf life­savers – many of them are vol­un­teers who give up their time to keep you safe.

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