By Johnny Abegg
To be home!
A fifth-month journey, surfing and competing around the world, taking me to places I have been, many I have not.
To meet people, to see things differently, to feel a little different, to be another person.
My name is Johnny Abegg.
The purpose of this mission was the World Qualifying Series (WQS), a circuit that goes by at times unnoticed.
Competitive surfing is amazing to me, a version of control, of a sport that is ever changing, unpredictable and subjective.
Using one strategy in a heat and winning, using the same in the next and losing.
Our running track is unpredictable to say the least, trying to take control of our 20-minute heats the objective.
At the time, the journey was long, tainted with every variable you could imagine.
Almost every experience is like it is your first, being reborn, seeing life with curiosity.
Even in places I had been before, I found untouched magic, and sometimes in places I didn't think I would.
You just never know where you will be, or who you meet, appreciating every turn, good or bad, they go hand in hand.
Suddenly I am home again, in Byron Bay.
A place filled with magic, a place many have heard of, and that more will visit.
A congregation of people from all over the world, no face the same.
To be here now is also like a dream, stepping out of the time warp, back to where the journey began.
Subtle changes apparent, new buildings, new haircuts, new gossip and new happenings.
The place ultimately seems the same.
To break the routine has refreshed my soul, to come back to a place like Byron I can see it's spell.
A place that will always be home to me and one that we should all step back, appreciate and love.
Another journey begins.
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