The 2023 season flew by and the year really had it all for ANZA Nippers: comradery, sportsmanship, laughter, travel, a visit from Santa when December hit and – of course -sausages! There were many highlights, but one standout was the highly anticipated surf trip to the beautiful Desaru Coast at the end of November. Liz Moran reveals what went down over the weekend.
“There were 45 of us from the ANZA Nippers community who met at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal early Saturday morning for the Batam Fast Ferry. The place was buzzing with groups of cyclists, golfers and families gearing up for their respective adventures. Leading up to our departure, our WhatsApp group were trading tips for dealing with seasickness, but we needn’t have worried. We reached the Desaru Coast terminal after a smooth 90-minute journey and the sun was shining. Our group then boarded a bus for a 15-minute ride to Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.
After check-in we hit the pool. Our kids were extremely impressed by the music system. They certainly had a point – listening to tunes underwater is pretty cool. My eleven-year-old suggested this might have been the best hotel he’d ever stayed at. While I’m not sure about that, we appreciated his enthusiasm.
Quick dip completed, it was back to the lobby to board a bus to the beach for our group surf lesson. Our driver took us to Wild Boar Bay, a secluded spot ten minutes drive from the hotel. We were met by a team from JomSurf who set our riders up with boards and talked them through the basics before entering the water. The three-foot waves were ideal for the group and the surf instructors were fantastic. Before long, the surfers (both children and parents) were standing up and beaming.
After two hours in the surf, it was back to the hotel to change before a Seafood Buffet Dinner with the group. Lindsay, our coordinator extraordinaire, had booked us a private room and the young Nippers quickly took charge, instructing the parents to sit on one side while the kids sat together on the other.
On Sunday half of our group went surfing at the adjacent Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast for a day of rides and slides. While there we met up with other members of the Nippers gang and buddied up on the Roller Coaster, Swinging Ship and Surf Wall. After some cajoling our children agreed to return to the hotel for a tasty Mexican lunch before going back to the adventure park for our final few rides. Then it was back to the hotel for a speedy change before our ferry trip home. We docked in Singapore at 7pm on Sunday night.
While we were only gone for a weekend, it felt like a much longer break. Not only was it a terrific family getaway, we were grateful to share the experience with such a great group from the ANZA Nippers community.”
New Season Incoming!
We cannot wait to find out what 2024 has in store for ANZA Nippers! As our community grows and the club goes from strength to strength, we look forward to more trips, events such as our famous Trivia Nights, barbecues and competitions! The 2024 season of ANZA Singapore Nippers kicks off on 3 March, 2024. Registrations are now open.
Simply the best
Once a year, we come together to celebrate and thank everyone who helps bring Nippers to life. We couldn’t be more grateful to these mums and dads who sacrifice their time for ANZA Nippers on top of work and family commitments. Whether they run an age group, assist the age manager, help with the gear, or grill the sausages, their support and encouragement is what keeps us running, week in and week out. Plus, they’re a good-looking bunch!
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