Surfer saw Cape Canaveral rocket
RAINBOW Beach surfer Noah Lane has seen a lot of weird things while on his board waiting for a wave, but last Saturday morning at the Gold Coast was his strangest ever.
Noah and friend Chris Bennett had got up early, preparing to head to Stradbroke Island for a morning of surfing.
“We were in the car park of the Southport Seaway getting our gear ready,” Noah said.
It was then the budding professional surfer noticed a bright light in the sky.
“It was bizarre. It was a bit bigger than a star and moving quickly across the sky.”
Noah said it was really strange with everyone in the car park stopping and staring into the sky.
“We started joking, saying imagine if this was the apocalypse or something.
“I had never seen anything like it.
“I didn’t think it was aliens – I thought it was a meteorite or something, ” he said.
It wasn’t until Noah got back from surfing that day he saw a report on the news saying the bright spiralling light, was a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral. It was spotted in skies across Australia’s east coast just before dawn on Saturday.
Astronomers said the timing was right for the SpaceX rocket to have travelled over the Atlantic Ocean, and Indian Ocean and be in skies over Australia at the time the spiralling light was seen.
The home-grown surf star is getting ready to head to Aragon Bay in Sri Lanka this weekend for a six star World Qualifying Series surfing contest.
He has had a bit of time off from the surfing after injuring an ankle.
“I tore some ligaments so it has taken a little while to back on the board,” Noah said.
“I should go all right, though.
“Aragon Bay is a right hand break similar to Schnapper Rocks,” he said.
Schnapper Rocks is close to Noah’s base at the Gold Coast and he surfs on it regularly. The practice should hold him in good stead for the swell in Sri Lanka.