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"Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets."
-Kelly Slater

Great morning for a surf lesson at Burleigh Heads today; here is one of our Godfathers of the Ocean coaches Owen with one stoked customer! Charlie

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Gold Coast forecast for the weekend surfers.

The swell is coming in from the ESE up to 2 to 4ft over the weekend.
With a15 to 20 knot ESE wind forecast throughout the day, the best conditions will be in the morning with a possible cross to offshore wind for those keen to crack the dawn patrol.

Find a fun little sand bar along the beach breaks early, or on one of the southerly-protected point breaks of Burleigh, Currumbin, Coolangatta & D’Bah for the more experienced.

I will be coaching this weekend for anyone wanting to re-ignite their surfing or just to give it a first time go, come and see me at www.godfathersoftheocean.com or phone 0402911146 to book in.

Godfathers of the Ocean philanthropic efforts are back!
We will keep you updated with our ventures and causes for humanity, animals and the environment. A brief recap of our history:
Godfathers of the Ocean have always been great supporters and generous in helping charities worldwide. Whilst we have travelled the globe during Munga's rewarding surfing career, we soon discovered the poverty and deprived conditions of the many people in remote locations around the world.
We were inspired to take this involvement one step further by bringing the Worlds top professional men and women surfers together to form the ‘Godfathers Foundation’. Munga with his wife Krista Barry, a former Australian Swimming representative who too has brought together the patronage from many of World’s top Swimmers and Ironmen in supporting this organisation.
Uniting the water world champions together was an integral part to structuring the foundations for the Godfathers of the Ocean to be capable of achieving their primary goal in raising awareness and funds for various charities worldwide.
In the past 15 years, Godfathers of the Ocean has not only raised over $100,000 towards various charities without the aid from Government assistance or grants, they have brought global attention to many charities and causes. Godfathers’ solely run by support by their sporting identities, the surfing/ surf lifesaving, and swimming communities.
Godfathers of the Ocean will endeavor to grow and flourish in the future to achieve their objectives, and it is with the additional support from sponsors, celebrities, family, and friends that will eventuate into an international contribution around the world.
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Image: Mick Fanning; Nathan Hedge; Joel Parkinson and Taj burrows, sign autographs for the Godfathers of the Ocean Celebrity Auction 2003

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Layne Beachley, Surfing world champion

"Back in 1995, I watched Munga Barry catch a huge wave at Sunset Beach in Hawaii," Beachley says. "It made such an impression that I have a photograph of it

in the loungeroom of my home in Sydney."

At the time, she had only been on the professional circuit "a couple of years" and the Gold Coast-born Barry was one of her mentors. She'd been shopping in Waikiki and came onto the deck of the house she rented with some other surfers when she saw him tackle a ferocious wave.

"I'd grown a huge affection for Sunset because of its unpredictability," she says. "It's both a threat and a challenge. If you don't respect it, you get kicked in the arse.

"The swell was about four metres and the wave-face height about six to eight metres. The trade winds were howling offshore, which makes it very difficult to see because the wind picks up the nose of your board.

"As he paddled into the wave, his head was down and his eyes would have been shut. He was paddling by feel. Then he took off so late he seemed to defy gravity. I have no idea how he made the drop. He seemed to be free-falling. I know how hard it is to surf Sunset regardless of wind and swell direction. But when you've got those up against you, plus the pressure of competition, well, to make a wave of that critical nature is just remarkable.

"Watching him inspired me. It taught me to attempt the impossible - and to take off late at Sunset. It takes a lot more than physical ability to make a drop like that."