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Asa young boy I used to travel from
Mosman to Queenscliff on a Sunday
to learn to be a junior surf lifesaver.
This was before Nippers. At the time I
was officially too young but Warren, a few
years older and a very big bloke for his age,
helped me to sign-up as it wasn’t until
you became a full member that you had
to provide a copy of your birth certificate.
One Sunday we all did everything
including using the belt and reel and by
the time we had swum, run and did the first
aid we were buggered. But the worst was
yet to come. We sat in the sand watching
the surfboat struggling to make its way
out through the heavy surf.
After it got out past the break, which
seemed to us a long way out beyond the
point between Queenscliff and Freshwater,
the boat placed three marker buoys in a
line. When that was done the sweep on
the boat signalled ashore that they were
ready for the surf races to begin.
They lined up all the juniors behind a
line drawn in the sand. There must have
been about 40 of us.
Alarm leads to
“Ready! Set! Go!”
I headed straight into the water when
Warren yelled to me as he ran along the
“Hey, Chaos, this way. We will use the
rip to help us get out the back.”
I followed him across the channel of
deep water near the beach, and then we
were swimming out with the help of the rip.
Looking across I could see we were
ahead of the pack.
“ Warren, we’re in front.”
“Not yet, mate. We still have to cut
across to the buoys.”
We had just reached the markers when
the pack caught up with us.
The shark siren on the beach went off.
We all stopped swimming and looked to
the sweep standing up in the surfboat.
“ You all stay out here. They’re signalling
that the shark is in the channel near the
beach. It’s a big one. I can see it. It’s huge!”
We seemed to move close together
as no one wanted to be on the outside of
the pack. I had a vision of all these mouth
watering leg-like tentacles dangling down
just waving to the shark to come and have
a bite. Suddenly one of the pack yelled.
“All on to the surfboat. Hurry up!”
It was a mob rush. The sweep yelled
he would hit anyone that tried to come
aboard. But it was too late. Over half the
swimmers were nearly on. The boat took
water and with everyone trying to stand up
the boat sank down. All those standing on
it were up to their waist in water. Around
them pushing and shoving and trying not
to be the one on the perimeter were the
rest of the swimmers.
I wasn’t worried. I was at the age where
I thought I was iron clad and nothing could
hurt me ... however, I must admit that only
lasted until I got hit by a car and spent a
long time in hospital.
I looked around and spotted Warren
treading water about ten metres away from
the boat. I swam over to him.
“ You don’t seem to be too worried.”
“ Nah, mate. I swim here every day and I
have seen lots of sharks use the channel to
chase fish, but I have never seen one come
after a swimmer. I have seen the hand-
boarders surf right over the top of them.”
“ Some of those swimmers trying to
use the boat are more liable to get injured
climbing all over the boat with all the oars
We hung around until the shark siren
went off further south at North Steyne
followed by our all-clear signal.
Everyone swam into the shore to be
met by the senior lifesavers who gave all
and sundry a dressing down for clambering
into the boat.
“ Let’s get out of here Chaos. We weren’t
involved in that malarkey. I’m starving.
Let’s go eat.”
24 green prawns, peeled, leave the tails on
250ml chicken stock
200g pre-cooked rice noodles
140g green beans thinly sliced
90g bean sprouts
100g laksa paste
1 teaspoon of crushed chilli
1⁄2 cup of fresh Thai basil leaves
Into a large saucepan add laksa paste and
chili and cook until aromatic. Add coconut
milk and chicken stock. Simmer for four
minutes then add prawns and cook until
Into ever y ser ving bowl place a pile of
noodles. Ladle the laksa mixture onto the
noodles; top off with beans sprouts and
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