For Sally and Bill staying fit, healthy equals happiness
ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT: Sally Hatton keeps active.
YES, growing up Sally Hatton was a fan of American surfer girl Gidget, but that wasn't the inspiration that had her hit the waves at the age of 55.
"It's all about staying fit, maintaining mobility and a sense of wellbeing," Sally said.
Before becoming a Kingscliff local, Sally and her Ipswich family spent school vacations in the family's holiday home at Palm Beach.
"I guess that's where it started and - ended," Sally recalled with a laugh.
"Dad bought a Midget Farrelly longboard for my sisters and me to carry down the beach.
"And we did that, but we never got off the beach."
The blue-eyed, 59-year-old blonde with a naturally inquiring nature and a glass half full attitude, presents with a ready sense of humour.
And that's what she says it's all about.
"I have an encouraging surfboard riding partner and we see it as having fun together.
"We treat it as an adventure."
Her surfing adventure gained traction when the couple holidayed on Lombok Island, off Bali, and hired a surf coach.
"Because it's a Bay - you can paddle around the waves to get out the back - which makes it a lot easier to learn," she said.
A few more holiday lessons later with more free time due to retirement, the former teacher and civil servant, was not only catching waves, but standing up and riding them.
"I've always been a water person," she said
"But instead of just floating around like a teabag - I can be more active now."
Not only has retirement bought her more time to surf, her lifelong passion for cooking has led her into the field nutrition and massage. Both Sally and her equally dynamic partner Bill are now a qualified remedial and kahuna masseurs.
"It's another avenue to keep you fit and healthy," she said,
Sally said her board riding progress can be measured in board size.
"I started with a 8ft 2", went to 7 ft and am ready to buy a 6ft 4" board - no metric in surfboards," she said.
Sally explained that a bigger board was easier to stay on, in contrast to a smaller board which featured more manoeuvrability.
Meanwhile, Sally and Bill are out of the water and on land about a quarter of the way through a Nepal trek.
PS: They have promised to keep us in touch with their trekking progress.