Local connect over surf at Fishery Bay

SURFING: Pete Tomlinson and his daughter Maeve Tomlinson were among those who hit the waves at Fishery Bay on Sunday. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
SURFING: Pete Tomlinson and his daughter Maeve Tomlinson were among those who hit the waves at Fishery Bay on Sunday. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Surfers and members of the Lower Eyre community gathered for a day of waves and social bonding at Fishery Bay in an act of 'karakia', or blessing to the whales and to welcome in the new season.

About 60 people gathered for 'Whales and Waves' on Sunday with many paddling out for some time amongst the waves and later sharing stories over lunch and by a campfire on the beach.

Local woman Ngahuia Trewartha organised the event and said her family came out each year for 'karakia', or to send blessings for the season that had been and to the season that was approaching, and to wish the visiting southern right whales a safe journey from the area.

"Our family felt our community family could do with an extra 'karakia', or a blessing together," she said.

"It was our way of giving back to the community, and bring some positivity to this country on the coast."

Mrs Trewartha said the day was about sharing stories about what the location meant to people, to be out together as a community for a paddle out into the waves and supporting each other, which was the 'aroha', or the heart of everything.

"We want to change the narrative in the community and talk about aroha," she said.

"We do this as a family and it keeps us strong through the seasons."

Tulka resident Ian Smith was among those who came out for the day and said surfers like himself usually went out individually rather than as a big group so it was great to see something like this which brought people together to enjoy the waves and each other's company.

Barngarla-Nauo woman Evelyn Richards was also among the visitors to Fishery Bay on Sunday and said she felt everyone there had the same vision of caring for country and for the community.

"It's something positive, bringing everyone together in harmony and to enjoy the country as it is without any noise except for the wind, the ocean and enjoying a good yarn," she said.

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