Tiger Moth Joy Ride at the Gold Coast

Here is a brief video that I took on our little Canon Ixus 100 during my recent joy ride in a Tiger Moth.  The airfield is at Pimpama in what appears to be a cow paddock with a shed (just big enough for two planes).  The guys running the show at www.tigermothjoyrides.com.au were terrific and my pilot for the ride Norm did a great job.  The flight was really smooth and even the loops were gentle.  It was a great day and I highly recommend anyone to give it a go.

A Flight with a Difference!

For Andrew’s birthday I gave him a Tiger Moth Joy Ride voucher.  While on our holiday he took his  flight.  He did a Surfers Paradise Aerobatic Flight.  This included a thirty minute flight over  Surfers and before landing a couple of loop the loops and barrel rolls.

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Andrew loved it.  He is always up for a bit of adventure (I am a bit of a chicken!). Here are some very poor photos of the loop the loops.  I was day dreaming and didn’t hear the plane come back and missed my opportunity to change lenses.  This is the best I could do….. but you get the picture.

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His pilot was Norm Horner.  He was fabulous and delivered Andrew back to Ben and I in one piece…..thank you.  Andrew highly recommends the flight.  My Mum booked in for a flight ….. GO MUM!  You can find more info on the flights here.  Andrew also took some short videos while flying.  He will share them soon.

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Zorbing on the Gold Coast

Recently we went to Zorb® Gold Coast.
Belinda, Benjamin and I went with Claire and Al as Al had a gift voucher to be used.

Big, Round, Wet and Very Fun !

Al started off with a hydro zorb where the rider is set free inside the Zorb with 40 litres of water. The rider starts out standing and maybe even running but in most cases ends up sliding inside and very wet. Al lasted maybe five meters and it was all downhill from there (literally).  Big wide grin = Excellent.

Next up I tried the harnessed zorb (dry). Strap in and roll, bounce, roll, bounce all the way down.  Another big grin at the end and I laughed all the way.  The zorb actually bounces right off the ground due to the eccentric weight (me).

Finally Al and I did a double hydro zorb.  First they pump up the pressure, fill it up with water and then we each dive in.  Not very graceful but even that was fun.  We tried to stand as long as possible but gravity and friction (or lack of it) took over and we tumbled laughing uncontrollably to the very bottom of the run.  It seems to go a bit faster with two people inside.

The exit from a wet zorb is very interesting.  Much like birth or perhaps a young Alien bursting from a victims abdomen.  First the water breaks.  Then a body part appears and finally whoosh out we come whole.  Al exited in the conventional fashion feet first.  Apparently I didn’t read the rules or listen to the zorb man.  I exited head first into a somersault on the wet grass.  It wasn’t quite as graceful as I hoped as the zorb rolled over me as I came out.  Nonetheless excellent fun.

I highly recommend Zorbing to anyone.

While we were there Claire, Belinda and Benjamin watched from below and took the photos.  Benjamin was a bit restless so we popped him out on the manicured grass.  At first he was not too sure about the grass and tried his best not to touch it.  He soon got used to it and crawled around everywhere for a stickybeak.

It was a really good afternoon.