Usually at this time of the year we are celebrating the joys of surfing from every corner of the globe. Regular reports from our operators from Indonesia, The Maldives, Samoa and other Pacific Island nations light up our screens with highlight sessions and more than one memorable moment from our range of surf adventures.
Unfortunately that has all been taken away from us, for now.
But, in all of the turmoil comes a few positives. For the first time, maybe ever, local surfers are paddling out to empty lineups and taking their pick in waves they have shared for decades with hungry tourists trying to get their fix. Flailing eco-systems are finally getting a chance to breath after years of continual tourism growth and we are definitely feeling a lot more appreciative of once being able to pack your things and head off on holiday without a care in the world.
Many of the operators who send us regular content are back in their home countries, waiting out this mess. BUT, Local guides and ex-pats who have decided to wait it out, are capturing world famous surf breaks, that have become more well-known for their crowds rather than their quality, absolutely pumping... they are completely empty or surfed with a handful of locals out hooting one another into perfect waves for hours on end.
Below is a small taste of what we are all missing:
Michael Hill and his family have packed things up from their Bali residence and moved to Lakey Peak Haven to wait things out. A great time to fix a few things up around the haven and prepare for when tourists can come back. Michael has also been surfing perfect uncrowded lineups like Lakeys, Periscopes and Nungas for over a month.