When I saw Surf Camp on the itinerary I’d already assumed this would be my favourite part of the trip...
We arrived at Coffs Harbour and we each had our own little cabin right on the beach front. There were plenty of boards to choose from so we each got hold of a “foamy” and got in the water as fast as we could. Even with only just enough swell to long board it didn’t disappoint! There were certainly a few little waves to catch but the best part was having the whole Contiki Storytellers crew out on boards together. There’s nothing better than doing the best activity in the world with friends.
Each day on our Contiki trip we got to experience beautiful parts of Australia’s environment, always constant reminders of why we need to protect the land and sea we love so much.
The visions I have in my head for the future consist of a lot of surfing, sailing and diving. All of which I want everyone to experience in an environment that reflects the love I have for it. I’m excited to watch our generation make a positive difference and it starts with taking your own bags to the supermarket, saying you don’t need a lid on your coffee cup, buying a reusable water bottle (and using it) and encouraging the people around you to do the same.
Meeting up with @surfrider in Avalon to learn about their awesome initiative to get rid of plastic bags. They get the community to donate materials and then work together to sew and create 'share bags'. Bags that you can borrow to take home your groceries! Meaning that if you forget to bring your own bag to the supermarket you can just borrow one instead of using plastic. Bloody brilliant! Let's get something like this happening in NZ #contikistorytellers @contiki ✌️?
If we stop consuming plastic, we stop the need to manufacture it. The best part of all of this is the creative section of our brain we’re going to get to use to come up with better and more sustainable alternatives.
Jamie McDell is a singer, songwriter and YouTuber from New Zealand. Jamie was one of nine Contiki Storytellers who travelled to the East Coast of Australia in late 2015 to see first hand the impact plastic pollution is having on our ocean, and the marine life who call it home. Watch the full documentary below…