Wednesday morning dawned, promising to be a glorious day on the Bay. I grabbed my swimming gear and sun protection and headed out the door to mingle as an extra, with the people involved in the filming for the program on Channel 7 “The Great South East”.
My friend Caroline was already sitting under the awning enjoying her coffee made by Kelly from the Move It, Move It Coffee Van. I joined Caroline and Kelly promptly asked me what I would like to drink. Service was excellent and Kelly, warm, friendly and hospitable.
Lance and Kelly Judd work together as an awesome team. Kelly manages the coffee and snacks van, while Lance hires out Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPS) and kayaks. He gives lessons to anyone who is interested in learning how to paddle or kayak and the cost is very affordable and incredibly reasonable.
Lance’s magnetic personality and quick wit is charming and immediately puts you at ease.
The Channel 7 crew arrived ahead of the people demonstrating their skills on the boards and kayaks. Unfortunately, an accident had occurred on the highway, blocking the road and delaying the paddlers and Lance looked to “the extra’s” for assistance. I know my capabilities and paddle boarding is not one of them.
Understanding the dire situation I offered to get in the kayak … knowing next to nothing and with little prior experience. Mmmm many years ago I had canoed in a double canoe, on the Zambezi River and seem to remember my partner was doing the paddling while I kept my eyes constantly and cautiously watching the wildlife splashing a bit to close for comfort. This had to be easier and far less dangerous. I was given a quick lesson, slipped into the life jacket, climbed into the Kayak and off I went. Matty, who owns the Segways, and I were instructed to stick together and paddle out to the yacht, which was sitting out on the water. Lance and Kelly’s grandchildren were on the paddle boards and ready to begin. As I slipped the oar into the water I immediately fell into a comfortable and peaceful mindset. It was sheer bliss paddling on the calm bay water with the warm sun on my back and the crystal blue ocean ahead. A seaplane was also buzzing around looking for a place to land on the water. It couldn’t get any better, or so I thought.
Thankfully, the paddlers arrived and before long the water was dotted with skilled paddlers of different ages manoeuvring their boards in and around each other. I was thoroughly enjoying myself and happily paddling on the outer edges until we were called and told we could come back in.
I climbed out of the kayak and was greeted with a congratulatory High Five by Lance.
Before I knew it I had accepted a quick flight in the Sea Plane over Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo and Horseshoe Bay and off I went. The varied blue colours of the water from the air and the stillness of the day took my breath away. Absolutely stunning is a word to describe what I witnessed from the air. All too quickly the flight was over and I was back on the water.
Kelly prepared the most delicious Mango Frappe and service with a smile is the most apt description of what you get. My morning was beyond expectations – what an unforgettable experience right here in Raby Bay!!
We all need to de-stress and unwind and I would recommend a few hours at Raby Bay Beach in the capable hands of Lance & Kelly. An incredible experience not to be missed. I have booked my Paddle Boarding lesson for Friday and I can’t wait to be back giving it my best shot.