Lee Winkler of Lee Winkler's Surf School on the Coffs Coast tells me women are more intuitive when it comes to catching waves. "They just get when to stand up," he says. I can get up on my knees (although Lee stresses that's a bad surfing habit) and I can sometimes jump up into a standing position. Remaining standing… it depends on the wave.
I'm going to be drained come Monday. This weekend I'm squashing three surfing lessons – all at different beaches along the New South Wales north coast – into one weekend. When I chat to Australian pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons about women's surging interest in the sport she explains that most are attracted to the lifestyle. "I chose surfing [over athletics] professionally because of the lifestyle. It's a fun activity and the surfing community is really supportive."