THE SURFLASK

By BRIAN BOWDITCH from burra, a Stanley user for 20 years

I GOT MY FLASK AS A 21ST BIRTHDAY PRESENT A LONG TIME AGO. DOWN HERE IN VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) IT WAS THE ONLY THING THAT COULD COPE WITH BEING FLUNG INTO THE PASSENGER FOOTWELL, OR BACK OF A UTE, LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN THE YEAR. AFTER HAVING COUNTLESS GLASS FLASKS SPLIT,CRACK, OR JUST PLAIN OLD 'GO COLD', IT WAS A GODSEND TO HAVE A STEAMING HOT CUP OF TEA (ONE TEA-BAG,ONE SUGAR) AFTER A FREEZING COLD WINTERS SURF SESSION DOWN AT RINCON OR BELLS! I'VE BEEN THROUGH SEVEN WETSUITS, FOUR BOARDS, AND THREE CARS BUT I'M STILL ON MY ORIGINAL FLASK! ('THOUGH THE STOPPER HAS A BAD CRACK AT THE TOP, AND THE CUP IS RUSTING REALLY BADLY) UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T LIVE NEAR THE BEACH ANYMORE, AND I WORK OUT IN THE DESERT IN THE MIDDLE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. BUT I BREAK UP MY TRAVEL TO AND FROM WORK (800K ROUND TRIP, EVERY FOUR DAYS)

WITH A SHORT BREAK AT A PLACE CALLED CARRIETON, WHERE I 'UNLEASH THE BEAST' AND GET MYSELF, YET ANOTHER, HOT 'CUPPA'.

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