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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/matthew-barclay-15-missing-feared-drowned-in-rough-seas-at-australian-surf-life-saving-championships-at-kurrawa-on-the-gold-coast/story-e6frf7jx-1226313246208

wow.. so much has happened...
I admire the way aussies , especially the surf lifesavers , have dealt with this tragedy...
the parents wanted the games/carnival to go on
so it continued today at a much calmer beach ..Kirra Beach...
I was still hearing the helicopters early this morning..
i woke up and went out on the search myself.,,
a small chance that I would find him as I swam with my goggles
and green jersey..
so others could see me..
I chatted with stu and then went back in...
I came out and then found out that they found him about 2kms up the beach
he had travelled that far with the strong current overnight...
it was sad and you dont know what to say to others...
dealing with tragedies... and ecstasy... or momentary happiness
being on the wave and feeling her..
we started off with another fantastic Aussies (australian surf lifesavings championships)
I volunteered the start of today with lifesaving patrol...
with no clue about the future ...or maybe a morbid fear or anticipation of accidents happening out there in the impending, sometimes inpenetrable surf...
I watched intently as they battled through the waves, first waves of 15 year old and younger youths swimming underneath the waves and then with boards..
they were all excited about their lives and coming to the coast while they have a little vacation away from school..

with no idea what was impending...
I watched with my binoculars a little worried when I saw the boards fly high into the air
and making sure they didn't hit a child
if they did would I swim out to the sand bank with my rescue tube?
or would I ask them to radio the man on the skidoo or the Irb??
I imagined the accident wi…
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all of it.. this month... signs, perhaps... a vision of something wonderful,...perhaps...
the butterfly effect... we can have a ripple of        positive... but learning how to ride this wave...
I caught the wave in this race
to come from behind into the middle of the pack
I can race with the best of them when I put in the effort...
and believe for wonderful things to happen...
the turtle, a young man riding a shark, my good friend, Stu, saving a man's life before my eyes...
are there angels to guide you.. or little notes sent to you from heaven...
a wonderful birth on this wonderful island                and perhaps, John Garvald,
if you take that wave

I had that sense that I was in that wave....
and there was that extra power...
happy I had a few practice waves in the early morning warmup...
 it will happen...

AUSSIE TITLES!

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As usual, i passed out early..about 8pm after much beer at the Surf Club and some socializing...
not the best regime for champions the day before the race...
so I woke up at 130 am not able to go back to sleep..
i thought that i wouldnt need half a sleeping pill (night time excedrin)...
so I took the half at 130 and it didnt even make me drowsy...
I was still awake enough to do well in the surf race in the over 55..
I was 15th among 28 swimmers and finally beat Leonard Cook, and missed out on Bill Haylock..
they have beaten me in all the other races this year...

http://aussiesresults.sls.com.au/2012/event_results.asp?compid=25&event=1205

so I know that Im at least peaking...
I felt like I was winning in the tube rescue race, but swam to the wrong buoy , perhaps missing out on winning a medal in the final... oh well...
but I feel now that I can beat at least half of my competition over 55 in Oz!
a little more intensive training and I'll be winning in the masters!

so im discoveri…
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I was talking with one of my best friends and mentor, Stu, about all the bizarre occurences and coincidences about the last few weeks...
  it is only human perhaps, to analyze all this input.... I talked with Stu about my dad taking a pic of me      standing on the turtle as a young excited 9 year old... leaving the plastic sand mold of the green turtle
at the edge of my dune vegetation perch... (now my child watches the little dvd player with  his favorite movie and my wife sleeps...)
Im about to go for a swim after my liter of                 freshly ground expresso coffee to motivate me...
I'm a little to relaxed to  prepare for the Aussies...
happy but not satisfied with 2 4th places  in the state  championships for the surf swim and tube rescue races...
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A man was attacked by a shark on the Gold Coast this evening.


The victim was a 20-year-old student, who was mauled after falling off his surfboard.

He suffered a 30 centimetre bite wound to his calf, and was treated on the beach before being taken to hospital.

Witnesses have described the moments following the attack.

“He came into the beach and he was waving his arm around, I thought he was joking, like he was a playing a practical joke.”
http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2012/03/20/man-bitten-by-shark-on-gold-coast/


Yesterday was a bizarre day. I wondered if something was going on down the beach in the early evening before sunset. A young bloke was surfing doing acrobatics when he landed on a young bull shark. The shark did not enjoy the impact of the board on his back and bit the unsuspecting young surfer. The surfer was able to swim to shore and get help when he arrived. He could have easily lost his leg when being shaken around by the shark. The shark fortunately swam off after…

Day of the turtle!

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I had visions of my encounter with a gigantic turtle when I was 9...
and the slides of me on the turtle as a young eager boy awaiting the world
and then seeing another turtle, perhaps much older than me
being washed up on the beach alive...

I was internviewed by KC of NBN news with the camera
punking me as I look up to see the camera on me for perhaps my 15 minutes of fame
I mentioned that the lifeguard Stu could bring out the defibrillator if the old animal needed reviving...
and my experience with a turtle being washed up almost a half century ago...
barnacles were encrusted on his back...
I touched his shell to perhaps say hello to him and let him feel my connection to him..

It was strange how I left the turtle mold for son's sand creations at the edge of the dunes, as if we were waiting for him
and then again seeing my son's "baby can read" flash card with turtle fall down in front of me...
and the images of me seeing a turtle as a child and in my dreams..
a good …
It's a big day for the state titles ..
I woke up and now I can't get back to sleep ...
it will be up the road at Broadbeach..
I was thinking that with the full moon and the recent saving                 of a young life right before my very eyes...
and then such beautiful moonlight romantic evenings      stiting in our little "Abo tent" ... an affectionate term for our little encampment on the beach!
I was feeling psychic that maybe this moon brings positve things throughout the world..
perfect days and nights for the weekend..
hopefully , it will culminate with a win in the surf race this weekend!
lets pray I wake up refreshed!!
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RELUCTANT HERO!

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A Gold Coast lifeguard had to revive a construction worker after he was shocked by 6000 volts of electricity on a building site today.



Veteran council lifeguard Stuart Keay was patrolling Mermaid Beach when he was called to the aid of the concreter at the construction site of a house on exclusive Hedges Avenue.



"My friend who is a builder on the site ran down to me and said, 'come quick, one of the workers is dead from electrocution'," Mr Keay said.



Advertisement: Story continues below The 58-year-old lifeguard reached for his defibrillator, oxygen mask and bag and ran to the scene, where he found the worker lifeless on the ground.

"He was cyanosed, he was blue," Mr Keay said.
"The builders were working on him. He was on his back and they were doing heart massage and resuscitation.

"I told them to take his shirt up and I put the defib pads on."
Mr Keay and other workers stood clear as the machine shocked the man once.

"We started the hea…
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While getting some coaching I witnessed one of the most fantastic things in my life. Seeing a life being saved!
Congrats to Stu Keay for saving a young man's life today after he was electrocuted by 11000 volts while working on the house near the surf club! He hooked him up to the defib and the man's heart was beating before the 3rd attempt from the defib.
Stu remained calm and continued giving cpr in between attempts. The man started speaking as the parameds walked up asking what happened.http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/03/07/397481_gold-coast-news.html
2 3rds and a 2nd in the relay...
Gold Coast titles were fun, but I       could have been in much better condition...and beaten my opponents in my age group!
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