Opposition leader Tony Abbott catches a wave in Coolum. Picture: contributed
Opposition leader Tony Abbott catches a wave in Coolum. Picture: contributed

Abbott catches a wave in Coolum

IT WAS a bit too cold for the budgie smugglers so Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott borrowed a wet suit to have a surf at Coolum Beach on Saturday.

Mr Abbott was in Coolum to address Consilium 2011, an annual think-tank presented by the Centre for Independent Studies, at the Hyatt resort. He was to talk about practicing his faith while holding office in a secular government.

Coolum Surf School proprietor Chris Kendall was the man appointed to look after Mr Abbott.

“I was asked to take him surfing, more for support than a lesson, as he already surfs,” Mr Kendall said.

“He was quickly recognised in and out of the surf, with most people not believing their eyes and having to take a second or third look.

“I would say he was a down-to-earth guy with a lot of expectation on his shoulders and he handled it well.

“He did say he would like to come back to the Coolum area.”

Coolum Surf School gives beginners to intermediate lessons daily. Phone 5446 5279 or visit http://www.coolumsurfschool.com.au.


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