There are two words in SURF TRAVEL.
I can’t imagine many people don’t hope they’ll get good waves but some of my favorite memories over the years have been out of the water. A pumping trip can almost start to feel like work sometimes, and be so focused on 3 surfs a day that there is no time for other activities.
The turning point for me was in Padang. I was about to fly home after a great late season Mentawais trip on the Moon Palikir. We had 3 hours spare and I was tempted to chill out in the hotel, back on the wifi after 12 days of digital detox, but Shaun Levings, World Surfaris original founder wanted to check out the unique “Padang food” that he’d heard about over the years. So with the help of Kadu Maia from Mentawai Surf Charters, we found a great venue and the banquet that ensued is still as vivid in my mind as the best wave at Macaronis.