Over 70s along for the ride
WAX your board and show the world that age doesn't stop you getting out and having fun.
That's the aim of the first event in the Odyssey Grand Master Series at Currumbin Alley on Sunday, March 29.
As well as the main over-70s surfing competition, the Odyssey Senior Surfing Day will include over-70s and over-80s beach-to-buoy paddle races, and tandem or tag-team events with the grandkids.
"It's a way to stimulate that family connection from the youngest to the oldest, with everyone out doing something they enjoy," organiser Phil Usher said.
The plan is for later swimming, golf and tennis events to complete the series, all aimed at over 70s.
Founder of Robina's new Odyssey Private Aged Care, Phil said he wanted to "stimulate our seniors to not hang their boots up just because they have reached a certain age".
It's part of his goal to help residents "live life on their terms and make the most of every day".
"There's no reason to fade away … let's go out with a bang," he said.
The first event not only unites two of his passions in surfing and aged care, but almost brings his life full circle.
The name Odyssey harks back to his first business as a teenager in Western Australia with now legendary Gold Coast board shaper Nev Hyman.
The two surf fanatics set up their board-making business, Odyssey Surfboards, straight out of school in 1975 on the back of $120 each borrowed from his parents.
They built up quite a following before Nev moved to the Gold Coast and started Nev Future Shapes, which would ultimately become Firewire Surfboards, and convinced Phil it was the place to be.
For the past 20 years, Phil has been involved in aged care, co-founding Tall Trees Care Communities in 2002, which was bought out by Freedom in 2015 and since by Aveo.
Odyssey Private Aged Care, opening in July, is the new and improved version, which Phil described as "five-star … really top-shelf".
Residents will each have their own large one- or two-bedroom apartment, their own furniture, "invisible care", hotel-style facilities and power over their own lives.
That includes couples staying together, grandkids sleeping over and keeping your own pet if you want to, and no outward signs of "trolleys" and other care equipment.
The Odyssey Grand Master surfing event is free to enter and will run from 7-11am at Currumbin Alley, with soft boards supplied, so all you need are your swimmers, rashie and sunscreen.
For details or to enter, go to https://www.odyssey privateagedcare.com.au/news/, email melinda@ zakazukha.com or phone 5551 6720.