Cyclonic Kronic by Tom Nagle

The move

From the clement waves and lifestyle of Australia’s East Coast to the muggy tropical savannah of coastal West Kimberley

The doubt

Take a look at the location, the shallow continental shelf and the swell shadow of Port Headland... Really? You really expect me to believe there is surf in Broome, at Cable Beach? And with all those nasties in the water! Forget it mate, i'll stick to fishing!

The opportunity

"Hey mate, theres a cyclone comin ya know!"

"She'll be coming in at cable beach mate!”

“Yeah go check it out mate, gets sooo good here aye!”

The storm

TC Narelle

(even the storms have bogan names)

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The edge of TC Narrelle
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The dangers

Irukandji, box jelly fish, tiger sharks, saltwater crocs, dehydration, stone fish and shame!

 Boxy, they reckon it's like getting whipped with a molten bike spoke...mmm nice

Boxy, they reckon it's like getting whipped with a molten bike spoke...mmm nice

 The council leaves out vinegar for the hardy...FOOL HARDY

The council leaves out vinegar for the hardy...FOOL HARDY

The decision

'Fuck it, maybe a once in a lifetime experience? I'll only go out for one.. Just to check, just because, I mean.... I don't really want to, but it's there... And I'm here..so why not?!'

The protection

Not pretty! Tights left over from NYE (Thanks Juz!) party, a 1mm neoprene rashie: black = HOT (temp not sexy)

 Here goes!

Here goes!

 Photo: Madelaine Dickie

Photo: Madelaine Dickie

The experience

So hot you can barely paddle, tights filled with sweat before you get to the waters edge. Waves coming from every angle, duck diving a hundred times, terrified about what might brush past your face or hands, the unclothed areas. Duck-diving half arsed because of it and getting twice as belted because!

Buuuuuut, there was a few goods ones amongst them! Definitely a turn or two to be had and the odd solid drop.

 Cable Beach 'bottom turn'. Photo: Madelaine Dicke

Cable Beach 'bottom turn'. Photo: Madelaine Dicke

 Photo: Madelaine Dickie

Photo: Madelaine Dickie

 Photo: Madelaine Dickie 

Photo: Madelaine Dickie 

 my 5,11 Treehouse Jungle Bird helping me make the most of it. Photo: Madelaine Dickie

my 5,11 Treehouse Jungle Bird helping me make the most of it. Photo: Madelaine Dickie

The camaraderie

Lots of crew on it, pretty friendly atmosphere and heaps of dudes in boardies that clearly weren't concerned about the aforementioned 'dangers'

Lots of handshakes, met new people... good fun, great vibe.

 Doing the walk around because of a hectic current sweeping down the length of Cable Beach (22kms). Photo: Madelaine Dickie

Doing the walk around because of a hectic current sweeping down the length of Cable Beach (22kms). Photo: Madelaine Dickie

The transition

All of a sudden, Broome is a surf town! Every 4WD has an old board in it, less boats, bikes and more boards! Work emails revolve around high tides and east wind predictions not low tide, Barramundi hunting missions. The surf froth is back. Whose texting who from the pre work check? Whose keen for a lunchtime sesh? Who is going to dodge that meeting for a surf cos the tide is right!

`The same?

Mmm, no. Not that relaxing or predictable but a bloody good experience. Will definitely keep my eye out for the next one!