A BIKE, A BOARD AND A SENSE OF ADVENTURE : BY LUKE KENNEDY
As a ve-year-old I was given a brand new, red bike for Christmas. By the time I was six the training wheels were long gone and the streets were mine to roam. It was a time before many parents felt compelled to double-wrap their kids in cotton wool and a gang of us soon discovered what wanderlust meant. There wasn’t a bike-track, jump, water-slide, swimming pool, park or creek between Burleigh and Broadbeach we hadn’t explored. I don’t think I’ve ever known freedom like it since.
By the time I was eight we’d moved to Sydney and I’d discovered sur ng, and the only place I was interested in meandering was the beach. It seemed the waves at my local break contained all the mystery I needed to be fully preoccupied. However, like most surfers, after a time I yearned for a different kind of bend in the ocean and began to venture further a eld – over the headland, down the coast and up north. Perhaps the best thing about this newly discovered, irrepressible urge to travel and surf was that it put me in touch with that same childish sense of wonder I’d felt as a six-year-old who needed nothing but a bike and a sense of adventure. The board had simply taken the place of the two-wheeler.
With a view towards capturing the oft-forgotten spirit of unrestrained exploration, we decided it would be fun to send two surfers around Australia on an adventure, with only a roughly sketched plan.
Over three, separate legs our core crew of Mikey Wright and Luke Hynd will endeavour to traverse as much of Australia’s surfable coast as possible, rendezvousing with friends at various coastal nooks and encountering a host of colourful characters on the road. Their travels will culminate in a major lm project, which will be released with January Tracks, but for the time being you can keep tabs on their travels via Instagram #wanderlust, at tracksmag.com (look out for the teaser) and in the mag.
This month’s issue features the east coast leg of the cross-continental epic. Already our team have been lost amongst Byron’s melting pot of sur ng tribes, scored dreamy bowls at Angas with Goodall and Towner, had a win on the dogs at Kempsey, dodged semis along the Paci c Highway, raced along empty beaches in their twin Isuzu 4x4’s, gone feral for a few days round the camp-site, raged in Sydney, visited the Wright’s family abode on the Sth Coast and learnt a few tricks from Mikey’s big brother Owen – basically all the crazy encounters, curve-balls, epiphanies, banalities and barrels that are necessary for a legitimate sur ng sojourn.
Hopefully you enjoy living vicariously through the travels of Mikey and Luke, and perhaps feel inspired to start plotting your own adventure into the wild, blue yonder.