Nusa Island repeat offender ‘Woody’ recently snapped this shot of NIR’s legendary surf guide Lou. Lou Gromadzki has been the surf guide at Nusa Island Retreat for over 10yrs. Here's his thoughts on surfing PNG.
Favourite wave in the area?
"Got to Be Nago lefts ...has to be one of the most user friendly hot dog waves around. When the conditions and all the elements come together it's just so much fun."
What’s the best thing about PNG?
"Compared to a lot of other destinations, it's still pretty laid back, there's a lot of history that relates to Australia, that being the War period, the history of both the German and Australian Administrations, and the connection with the original Chinese that came out and stayed and hung in there through all the adversity ...and the characters one meets. It's often said PNG is full of Mercenaries, Misfits and Missionaries. Kinda sums it up ...it definitely aint 9 to 5, and the diversity in local identities ...physically it's pretty stunning in its own way ....and still no major development. It's worth checking out at least once as it's a close neighbour. There's an abundance of seafood like crab, lobster, fish, and good quality tropical fruit, so the food is Good."
Best thing about surfing in PNG?
"The Surf Management Plan for sure and the way we structure our boat movements so that even if we are full house, there is only one boat on one break at a time, so that means on average not more than 6 to 7 guys on a particular break at a time. Localism hasn't really got a hold yet, and surfing with locals can be a lot of fun. It's kind of like surfing in the 60's."
Advice for guys coming up?
"Chill out and try and get on to Island time, things fall into place, there's plenty to do if the waves aren't on, but you can usually get in a surf most of the time and you can be pleasantly surprised with how much fun you can have. If you happen to be here when a solid ground swell hits, it's as good as anywhere. If it's in between swells then what we call small local pulse swells can be a lot of fun. Drink plenty of water and use plenty of sun cream, and read the Info sheets on how the place operates. Keep an open mind and expect the unexpected.
Really the reason most crew travel is to get away from the hoards and the hassles in the surf... See you soon in PNG!"