Kawana Surf Life Sav­ing Club vi­cepres­i­dent Bob Clements loves any­thing to do with the surf and the peo­ple who are in­volved with his club.

He has been a part of the club for years and he says he lives for the com­mu­nity within it.

What is your favourite time of day?

Early in the morn­ing. It is the best time to go for an early-morn­ing surf and to lis­ten to wildlife around the wa­ter.

What’s your favourite sport?

Any­thing to do in the wa­ter. I’m heav­ily in­volved in surf life­sav­ing so I en­joy watch­ing that. I also like watch­ing the Olympic swim­mers and we have plenty of great tal­ent here on the Coast.

What is your best child­hood mem­ory?

I grew up around Bris­bane from the ages of five to 12 and I had the free­dom to roam around the Enog­gera Army Bar­racks and in moun­tains and hin­ter­land all day long. Some of my great­est mem­o­ries of my child­hood were just roam­ing around with all my mates. It was a dif­fer­ent world back then and you made your own fun.

Where were you born?

I was born in Gympie. We moved to the Coast in 1970 when I got trans­ferred from Mt Isa to Bud­erim to work in the bank. We moved away for a while and then came back here 10 years ago to re­tire at Bud­dina.

Where would you like to hol­i­day?

Cur­rently, I am look­ing at go­ing back to find my an­ces­tors in Den­mark. I have just tracked down my great grand­fa­ther’s his­tory and so that’s why we want to go to Den­mark so we can find out a lit­tle more about him.

Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?

No pets. We travel a fair bit and they just haven’t fit­ted in to the fam­ily at this stage. Hope­fully one day, but un­til then, we have plenty of wildlife around to en­joy.

What would your dream job be?

It would have to be a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist be­cause of my love of the ocean. I should have pur­sued it but ended up be­ing a banker in­stead. It would have been an in­ter­est­ing job.v

What’s the best thing about liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast?

The peo­ple, and the way of life. We are very for­tu­nate we have all the fa­cil­i­ties we have. It’s great to see the place grow­ing and ex­pand­ing and that more and more peo­ple are en­joy­ing the life­style here. We re­ally are blessed.

What’s the best part about be­ing in­volved in the surf life­sav­ing club?

I like watch­ing peo­ple learn new skills. I cer­tainly get a thrill watch­ing the young ones come out of the nip­pers and watch­ing them progress and grow up. I like the ca­ma­raderie and mate­ship. We just have a beau­ti­ful bunch of peo­ple in com­mu­nity.

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