Anger, mental anguish and anxiety would follow immediately after I learnt the plans our government had for our nation. At the time, the questions I had seemed ignorant, selfish and maybe delusional, but how does one react to the worst global crisis in history that hasn’t started with a bomb going off?
For a person that started in surf travel during the last global financial crisis, I’ve sort of experienced hardship in a non-essential industry before. Back then a smart ass nineteen year old would observe the GFC as a reason for everyone to escape to paradise and leave all your problems at home (if you could afford it). But now, even if you have a reason or not, the fact is, we can’t!
For how long? Nobody knows….maybe early 2021?
A slightly more mature me, who now understands the world a little better and what travel means to a lot of people can only wonder what impact this crisis is already having and what lasting affects it has in the long term. Both negatively and positively.
For hundreds of overseas surf tour operators like Kadu Maia from Mentawai Surf Charters it means a complete hold on all operations across two reputable surf charter vessels that would otherwise be servicing their customers dream surf trips right now. “100% of our business has been affected, our boats cannot even leave Padang harbour, we are rescheduling all trips to 2021 and are unsure when we will be able to operate again. Right now, the plan is to live day by day, reducing costs where we can and surviving this”.