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Where were you in 78? - Stories

Here at Saltwater we have celebrated over 30 years, and we want to share it with you.

Send us your best story, photo or adventure tale from 1978, and we’ll feature the classics in our gallery section.

It was summer 1978. My father had packed us all up to go camping. We had a trailer with everything we'd need for a couple of weeks holiday.  The days back then seemed to always be sunny and I remember the feeling of excitement, freedom and and anticipation of the fun that lay ahead as Dad drove for what seemed hours heading north...

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I was only four years old in ’78 so I was not really sure what the surf was or how to ride it but my older brother thought he knew the tricks. He had an old single stringer 6’7 pintail single fin that I think belonged to a mate, of a mate, of a mate but ended up becoming his.  Anyway as the story goes, he and a couple of mates were making their way from Opotiki to Whangamata for a bit of a weekend away “surfing”...

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“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes , and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean"...

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We’d never been in a tram before. But Mum & Dad thought it would be a good idea if my two younger brothers and I experienced how our parents got around on public transport. So, in 1962 Dad jacked it up with that most formidable of real estate agents, Mrs Iremonger, and we travelled to Whangamata in our FB two-tone blue Holden station wagon for our very first holiday there....

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Well, I'm also hitting thirty this year as it turns out, and in my time I have learnt one thing, and that is that Life is about each and every moment and what you do with it that makes up a lifetime. This story is about a few moments that did just that....

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