By Lyndon Wake
Devon pro surfer
Lyndon Wake surfing in Bali before heading to Sydney
So we're almost a month into the new year and things really have kicked off with a bang.
So obviously Christmas and new year were the normal kind of thing...lots of food, drinks and evidently a little winter layer of podge!
After that it was back on the straight and narrow for my last few weeks in England before I got to the warmer climates of Indonesia and Australia.
The surf was fairly poor in the beginning of January.
As a result, I was mainly doing a lot of running and during the biggest snowfall ever in north Devon a hell of a lot of tobogganing and snowball throwing!
Thankfully, Croyde gave me a little present before I left with one last good surf on low tide.
On 8 January 2010, I jet-setted across to Indonesia for a quick week stop-off and scored some good waves and prepared my skin for the harshness of Australia to come.
Lyndon did more snowboarding than surfing while back home in Devon
We were lucky - a fairly decent swell came through while we were in Bali, which is quite uncommon at this time of year as it's not their prime season for good waves.
When we saw the forecast, we headed north to a left hand point break called Medewi and as we arrived it was pumping with 400m long lefts.
A few more days in Bali and then we flew into Sydney were my friend and top WQS surfer Glenn Hall picked us up from the airport. He was freaking out because the best swell of the summer was hitting that day and with any luck, his favourite wave would break on the swell.
With a quick little warm-up surf at a beach called North Avoca, I was ready for the swell.
Glenn called his friend and he buzzed to the launch point to put the jet ski in the water and took us to an out-to-sea sand bar called Box Head which again was firing with long lefts barrelling all the way down the point.
The Aussies were freaking out, saying things like: "You lucky Pom! You don't understand how lucky you are to score this wave at this time of year and none other than the best it's been for years."
The next two days, we had waves as good as they get.
And now here we are: the waves have gone a bit small now but I've been doing heaps of training including circuits, boxing, skipping - and on the hottest days of the summer here in Australia, a whopping 43 degrees.
So, to round things up it looks like my luck might be changing and 2010 could be a seriously good year.
More to come from down under