Surfing in Indonesia

So this weekend has not provided us with any good stories. It rained all of Saturday. Sunday turned out sunny, but the winds were too strong to head out on the boat. Ryan’s finger is still on the verge of splitting re-open, so he could not go kitesurfing.

Instead, we have a video of one of Ryan’s past adventures. In August 2011 he made boys trip to Indonesia to go surfing. They spent 10 days on a boat off the Mentawai Islands, the place for die-hard surfers. This is where those islands are located:

This basically involved a group of guys on a boat surfing all day long along the reefs near the Islands. Ryan would come back in at the end of the day, have a beer and fall asleep. No real energy left for any sort of other shenanigans.

The waves ranged from 2ft to 8ft. One day Ryan was waiting for a wave set, when he heard a loud horn go off on the boat. He learned that this horn meant a wave set too large to surf was on its way (14ft waves). His choices were either to paddle his heart out towards the wave and get over the top of it, or get caught in it and be ripped to shreds on the reef, holding his breath for as long as he could. He took the paddling option, and just made it over the top. That was lucky. If he had not made it then he would have been caught in the wave, and used all of his breath in the paddle. That would not have ended well when dragged under the water.

Of course, the trip was ended with the usual Bali Party before coming home.

If you want to know any details about the trip, how he got there, or the company he went through for the boat charter, drop us a comment and we will do our best to get back to you.

In the meantime, here is the video:

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