That amazing “super moon” that lit up the sky a couple of weekends ago (some amazing photos on the Atlanic here) coincided with some solid south swell which meant hitting the road…
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120 degrees is just too damn hot. And having “survived” the Arab revolutions of 2011 hiding out in the little oasis of Dubai, I decided it was time to move on. So, when you’ve gotten to the point where it no longer raises eyebrows when you tell your friends and family you live in the middle east, what’s left to get a rise out of them? Easy: “We’re moving to Mexico!”
Although I will no longer be pondering the world from weird places in the middle east, I think it’s still worth keeping this site going albeit with a new twist (keeping the surf/ travel/ cultural commentary + sombreros, mustaches and tequila).
I’ve got a job down in Manzanillo, Mainland Mex. It’s a port town about 3.5 hours south of Puerto Vallarta and more importantly, 45 minutes north of Pascuales, home of large sandy tubes. I’ve watched a lot of footage of Pascuales and it definitely gets pretty heavy. But I’m sure in between the scare-yourself-shitless days there’ll be some epic tubes to be had. For now, here’s some sick footage from down the road:
Every surf website in cyber space has been freaking out about the new Rip Curl release of Curren and Co. scoring a barreling tidal bore wave in indo. If you haven’t seen the footage, it’s pretty insane
I’ve always been intrigued by these type of weird “surf” trips. I remember talking to Bill “Beaker” Bryan one time at Wavehouse and he was telling me about an insane mission he did into central Africa to find one of the only tubing rapids in the world.
When we were in Uganda we came across this one crazy section with a famous “tubing” rapid. This angle doesn’t do it justice but the wave is about as thick as chopes plus you’ve got about a million gallons of water pushing you down when you fall. Would love to see some of the boys try that one some day:
Old post from Oktoberfest river surf here
This was on the DVD bonus of Boundaries Redefined. Not too many A-grade clips but worth a look. From a trip back in ’06 with a couple of the boys…
Was sorting through an old hard drive and came across my photos from a South African adventure 4 yrs ago ( Can’t believe it’s been that long!) We drove from Cape Town along the coast up to the Transkei (aka “Wild Coast”) and back again and scored plenty of great waves.
A few things that stand out in my mind: (1) South African hospitality is amazing (2) there are world class waves all over the country(3) sharks ARE a serious issue (4) J bay is as good as you think- if not better, bru
Couple other highlights were surfing boneyards with a pre-WCT Jordy Smith, taking the Japanese guy in our hostel bungee jumping when he had no idea where we were going, and waking up to zebras outside our tent.
1.1 billion people, four thousand miles of coastline and the home of your phone banking customer service agent. With difficult transport and limited time, India as a surf destination had always been daunting to me. However, back in March I learned of this new artificial reef an easy flight away and it was instantly on my radar. A simple visa application and I was ready to go. Or so I thought… India and Pakistan have a heated history and the multiple Pakistan visas in my US passport made the usually-simple process not so simple. After phone calls, wasted time and finally an interview with the Consul General of India here in Dubai, they concluded I was not a CIA agent and just a regular tourist interested in visiting their country (and finding waves). I spent most of last Thursday night stuck in the airport trying to get over there. Unfortunately the airline gods were not kind enough to relieve me of my “stand-by” status so I went home defeated (that was the fourth attempt to get there- you win a few you lose a few). To be continued…
We spent a few days in Casablanca checking out what the capital had on offer. And then a quick flight to Agadir and we got what we came for: perfect right points, offshore winds and good ole north atlantic ground swell. Spent a few days missioning way down south and only scratched the surface of the potential down there. When we got back to Agadir it was forecast to be firing, and fire it did…
My good buddy Pern Choo was a solid member of Team Moroc and took some rad photos. Posted a bunch more CLICK HERE TO VIEW MOROC PHOTOS
I’ve had the pleasure of test driving several of Tom Lochtefeld’s waves in the past few years. Last fall he had the grand opening of Wave House Singapore which was a pretty awesome event. I literally ran from the airport taxi straight into the “wild card” round for the main event.
I had no chance of qualifying but I did get to compete against one of my childhood heroes, snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen. The other guys were doing backflip 540s and I was just sitting back in the barrel enjoying the view. Needless to say I didn’t make it through my heats but it was pretty classic.
The guys in the main event were going off and it was great to sit back and watch with my old buddy Richard who’s now an engineer for Waveloch. If you’re out in Singapore (perhaps on a layover en route to Indo) I’d recommend checking out the Wavehouse Sentosa– it’s a killer venue. Thanks Tom for sorting out the arrangements and the VIP pass!
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