This is our final episode from the Indonesian island paradise (sigh of relief from some of you). We’re heading home, sore, battered from reefs, sunkissed, and memories of tubular perfection.
This trip was quite different to my 16 other voyages – lousy weather, funky winds, random spikes of swell from 3ft to 10ft in 24 hours. Every day we still found uncrowded pumping waves in the many nooks of the islands – but the forecasts were mainly wrong, making it challenging to point the boat in the right direction.
Being out there is incredible; it’s so remote, and we haven’t had much interaction with anybody the whole time. For days we didn’t see another boat.
Sadly, the Ratu Motu (our boat of choice for the past 6 tours) is retiring from the islands and returning to its original owner in the Kimberly – True North. If you have a 100-metre boat that you’re not using, let me know, as I have some ideas!
Titi means tattoo in Mentawai. The locals are famous for covering their bodies in ink, and were one of the first to do so and believed it gave them a fruitful afterlife.
The Bondi show continues tomorrow. Seeya,