It’s been a busy few months at Big Motive recently so in keeping with tradition, we decided to get away for some well deserved R&R and mark the summer season before it passes us by. I live by the mantra – work hard, play hard so to clear out the cobwebs, we decided to shut the studio down for one day only and hit the waves of the North Coast for a spot of surfing!
We kicked things off with a breakfast meeting in the Anchor Bar in Portstewart, our HQ for the day. For some of us this was a walk down a very hazy memory lane, reminiscing on student days when the Anchor was a place of refuge – somewhere you felt you were getting off free by not paying rent!
Following mid-morning brainstorm (and devouring the biggest apple and cinnamon muffins I have ever seen) it was time to let the boards do the talking as we hit the beach. The East strand at Portrush was our playground and I have never seen it look as good. The weather was unreal, the beach was packed and you could have easily mistaken it for somewhere in Spain. After checking in (Foursquare leader boards were on fire), we squeezed into our wetsuits and headed for the water.
It was such a blast, that our two hour lesson flew by and our instructor had a hard time getting us all out of the water (particularly the two Andys). Having just about burnt off the calories from the morning mega-muffins, we headed back to Portstewart for food and beers al fresco. The ‘prom’ was a glorious sun trap and a few of us (stand up JP) were actually ducking for cover and cursing the heat.
Nonetheless, not wanting to miss out on an amazing sunset, we bounced into cabs and headed into Portrush. The Harbour Bar, right on the port was the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. Better than any I have seen at Café Mambo, the view was truly breathtaking – the perfect end to a brilliant day out.
This of course is the edited version and I have left out the madness of the reggae night in a run down basement of an abandoned hotel as well as a minor brush with the law… Certain members of the team are pleading the fifth on this malicious rumour.
With sun kissed faces the next day we headed back to Belfast, keeping the tour talk to Monday morning when there was a few more red faces – not necessarily caused by exposure to sun.
A welcome exercise in team investment and a good time was had by all. However if this trip sets a precedent for future excursions, we probably ought to think about some additional insurance!