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Week #5 in Indo by Millerslocal.co.za – Millerslocal’s Blog:
Plenty of snacks on board as well to ward off the mid morning/mid-arvo munchies. And Oreo’s. Lots and lots of packets of oreo’s! They’re evil lil bicci’s. Once someone opens a packet, boom, they vanish into tummies immediately. The Aussies have even got a whole bunch of ways to eat ’em, that includes opening ’em up and peeling out the filling and sandwiching a whole bunch of fillings on top of each other between 2 biscuits.
A number of Oreo-eating competitions evolved. Like how many oreo’s in a stack can you fit in your mouth, or just how many in total you can shove in. Managed a stack of 4. Went off Oreo’s completely after that!
He decided his cap didn’t cover the problem area sufficiently, so ended up pulling the neck protector up and over his head – looked a bit like a condom on his head! Took plenty of abuse for looking like a surfing Taliban, but did succeed in keeping the sun off! Will remember to pack the rashie with the built-in hood next time.
Hopped on my shoulders for the paddle in, and was then stoked to hook a quadruple-overhead wave. Couldn’t wipe the smile off his lil yellow dial!
Closer inspection revealed a nice head-butt to the reef and 3 lil tiger claws across his forehead. Head wounds have the propensity to bleed and look worse than they are, and after deciding I couldn’t see any bone he should be just fine to paddle out and grab another wave. Bit ‘o blood never hurt anyone! Worked out well cos he scored one of his best waves after that.
I’d been feeling a bit guilty about sending him on a wave that ended up hurting him, but turned out he’d made the wave OK, but had straightened out and ridden it too far up the reef. He was drydocked and saw the next wave coming at him and had decided to dive under it! Never a good idea in ankle deep water! Ended up diving straight into the coral! Did learn an important lesson though, and doubt he’ll make the same mistake again!
However, neither can be achieved without Larry the Labrador joining you for company. The ultimate water dog. He loves the elevated position that being on the kayak & SUP provides, so he can scope out for fish. Once he spots one he dives off and tries to chase it. Crazy dog!
You physically have to pick him up and drag him off, or try tip him off, the board – as once it’s on the sand at the waters edge and ready to go he’s on it, and no amount of cajoling will get him to move an inch. he’s going with whether you like it or not!
Still went out and got a wave the last 2 days, even though it was by far the worst conditions we’d had over the whole 5 weeks. Bit onshore and only chest high. Had to catch a few waves so it could count as a “surf”, cos wanted to have surfed every single day of our trip – that made it 5 weeks (35 days) of non-stop surfing. Stoked! But buggered! Shoulders certainly gave in a bit towards the end of the trip, with an achy rotator cuff to contend with.
Love outer island travel. Get to try all sorts of odd forms of transport. Like the weird bike contraption that drove us from the jetty to the airport. Boards get there on a trailer towed by a dude on a bicycle. Check-in entails filling in your details on a blank piece of A4 paper at the “check-in counter”
Then it’s onto the trusty Cessna for the hour’s flight back over to Padang. Flown by a dude from Slummies. Saffa’s everywhere these days! He reckons it’s not a bad job – get to fly over the Ments all week scoping out potential surf spots, and then zip off to surf them on your days off.
Til next year Telo’s.
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