Arrived “Down Under” – Australia Update #1

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hdr_00008_1I left home on Thursday evening, after 24 hours of traveling and one long 15 hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, I arrived in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday morning. After a short 20 minute car ride I arrived to Stoney Park in Telegraph Point. This is where I will be training this week and it is the site of the 2014 MasterCraft Australian Open. Jason Stone developed the park in the early 2000′s. There are 2 man made water ski lakes; both lakes have a ramp and the front lake even has a few wakeboard obstacles. One of the lakes runs north south and the other east west; so one lake is always skiable. They also offer housing. You can rent a bunkhouse, two different types of cabins or even camp.

For the first time, my dad is traveling with me to a pro tour event. It will be great to have my practice driver and coach with me as I continue to get ready for the Australian Open and Moomba Masters.

20140224_193357The last few days I have been skiing and I am enjoying being able to ski in just board shorts and a vest. Back home I had been skiing in a drysuit November through mid January and the last month or so I have been in a full body wetsuit. Last night my dad, Brooks Wilson and I ventured out to explore Port Macquarie. I was able to see a lot more of the city than when I was here 2 years ago. Port Macquarie beaches are known as the official Bodyboarding Capital of Australia. We walked a few miles along the port, saw some great views and had a great dinner. Even though Blockbuster Videos have gone out of business in the U.S., they still have a presence here in Australia. I am taking today off of skiing to give the body some rest. I plan on going to the BILLABONG Koala and Wildlife Park today so look for a post about that and other posts about my stay in Australia, the Australian Open and Moomba Masters events.


Sunset in Port Macquarie20140224_174200




Brian DetrickArrived “Down Under” – Australia Update #1