There was a time when my perfect Saturday was one spent in my restaurant kitchen prepping for the evening seating and the Sunday rush. Apron, knife, fresh veg and the weekend menu. Heaven.
Now that I am on a little restaurant break my Saturdays are spent on Chintsa Beach with family, friends and the kids of The Unstressed Surf School. A different kind of heaven, but heaven none-the-less.
Chintsa Beach is different to the beaches that I spent most of my time on as a child. Chintsa Beach is just the right amount of wild.
This beach is not tropical enough to draw a regular crowd. It has no super-wave to be called a surfers paradise, nor provides enough man-made entertainment for the townies. So wild it remains. These benefits are well understood and we don’t complain. The peace and the sea-scape holds us.
Saturdays on Chintsa Beach come with regular surprises. Recently Tom The Clown honoured us with an ad hoc visit after his Saturday morning surf.
He took the kids through their circus moves.
Surfing requires balance and focus but sometimes it requires circus acts…
On any given Saturday, even now with the season’s change and the winter west blowing its chilling off-shore breeze – the locals are out.
Taking it in.
Seeping it up.
Making it their own.
Chintsa Beach, A Saturday in May, 2012