The Kangaroo, the Camel, and the Surfing Contest
By Davey Tross
Vincent was the best surfing kangaroo in his mob. All the other kangaroos would watch in amazement at the waves he would ride and the tricks he could perform.
In the wet season, Vincent and his mob would go to a secret surf spot. It was in the middle of the desert, hidden between three mountains. Mount Glass - which was made of glass, Mount Possum - which looked like a possum, and Mount Seal - which looked like an…. emu!
Every wet season Vincent would go there with his friends and surf the giant waves. They would build sandcastles in the morning, surf all day, and then play their didgeridoos at night.
But one wet season, Vincent and his mob got a huge surprise!
There was a caravan of camels surfing the waves at the secret spot. The kangaroos were upset that the camels had taken their spot. “Don’t worry fella’s” said Vincent. I will speak to their leader and ask if they will share.
So Vincent spoke with the leader of the camels. His name was Gough.
“G’day Gough” they shook hands. “We have been coming to this secret spot for hundreds of years, do you mind letting us ride the waves with you?”
Gough said, “Let me speak with the other camels.”
The other camels told Gough that they did not want to share with the kangaroos. “We were here first they said”. “Finders keepers” said another. Gough felt bad, but he told Vincent that the kangaroos could have the smallest part of the wave all to themselves.
“That does not sound fair to me” said Vincent.
Gough thought for a moment.
“I know, why don’t we have a surfing contest?” said Gough. “Whoever wins, can surf here for the rest of their lives.”
“OK, let’s do it.” said Vincent
The first wave was too small, and both animals fell off.
The second wave was too fat, and both animals ducked under it.
The third wave was full of crocodiles so they ran out of the water together.
The fourth wave was full of box jellyfish, so they helped each other to safety.
The fifth wave was full of blue bottles so they let it go.
By now, Vincent and Gough were having so much fun that they had become good friends.
The waves stopped appearing for a few moments then all of a sudden, the sixth, seventh and eighth waves combined to form a… TIDAL WAVE….
Both Vincent and Gough paddled on their surfboards as hard and as fast as they could. But the wave was so big that Gough’s surfboard snapped in two. “Quick, grab my tail” said Vincent.
They both rode the wave all the way into shore. All the animals were cheering.
Gough then picked up a handful of sand and gave it to Vincent. “Thanks for saving my life and being a good friend. This place is now yours forever.”