Indonesia has been pumping over the last 2 weeks and our little slice of paradise didn’t miss out on the action either. 3 nice swells in the space of 10 days poured into the island making it a really consistent trip with the boys clocking up plenty of time in the water, a few lads were averaging 6-8 hrs a day. We were straight into it on the very first day with the first swell for the trip peaking that morning, no time for easing your way into it and the legends from South Africa took it all in their stride jumping straight over board and racing for the line up. There was a couple of afternoons withnot a drop of water out of place, the boys were lapping it up getting barrelled pretty much every wave then hooting one of their mates into the barrel on the next one. Late one afternoon we seen an unbelievable barrel get made at the point, as the wave wrapped around the point we all thought Kimbo was about to be obliviated as he was super deep, he pulled up into a 6’+ seriously long slabbing keg, the wave sucked him back and up over the foamball set his line and continued to get barrelled all the way down the point. The crew were gob smacked, we ended up partying that night, getting stuck into the duty free and having a hell time, pretty sure we wouldn’t of got as loose as we did if we had not of witnessed that wave. Was such a good vibe on the boat the entire time, with a good bunch of boys and pumping waves you can't possibly not have the time of ya life!
Just dreaming sponsored the first prize for Ulladulla Boardriders for free trip for the most consistent surfer throughout the year and Petey the pirate Miers winning, so we were lucky enough to also have aboard some Ulladulla father and sons with a few more Ulladulla scallywags tagging along. Well we hadn't even gotten on the boat and it was on with a game of water polo before we set sail.
Well the first surf with some eager beavers jumping straight into bumpy napalms and Zane and getting the first introduction to the reef at Panaitan island while few opted for a slower start with nice 3-4 long easy lefts and of course not a soul around.
Before the trip Parso was silly enough to make a bet with me saying all he wants is a clean dry stand up barrel or his money back well that was the easiest bet I ever made with a wind change the bet was over after lunch on the first day.
With one of our favourites throwing down barrels for everyone all afternoon with winds swinging. We traveled and surfed a few of our secret spots with the everyone including the Don on the Betta truly getting introduced the Just Dreaming way of how surfing used to be - just hooting and hollering with only your friends around. Another swing in the wind and the boys wanted to go right so we jumped in the fast boat and rights is what they got with 3-5 ft indies and 3 of them even sneaked down to illusions which as always blew their minds. At night Geoff Geoff Hanson sponsored the tequila with coco loco going down and also the nightly prize giving ceremonies from best barrels to best fish and well pretty much and worst of whatever. There was some serious laughter going down and we all hit the sack early every night for we were getting up 30 mins before first light.
This was the first trip of the year when we got 2 days out at the palm and believe me it didn't disappoint as always blowing everyone's minds even the most seasoned surfer Mr Parsons. As always on Just Dreaming surfing with no one else around - something the boys adjusted to pretty fast after fighting with crowds in the Ments for the last few years and enjoyed taking turns in old school fashion. Yep each day didn't disappoint loosing track of barrels and turns even wearing out the fittest young grooms Ido and Zane with the Don having a session with just him and captain Manto surfing 3-4 ft perfect lefts - his first surf after double knee replacement well done Don.
I'd like to thank pirate Pete, Geoff, Geoff Parso, Ido, the Don, Zane and Mr nice guy Wild Bill for one of the funniest trips and of course a shit load of waves.
Thanks so much for your support - Toddy.
Just dreaming skipper John Olsen reporting.
Just got off my first trip after a bit of time off the vessel and didn't realise how much i missed the island, surfing napalms and illusions everyday for the first five days of the trip. conditions were perfect to surf the majority of waves around the area with tides and winds all working in our favour. Five frothers from the central coast of oz were the punters and they were averaging about 8+ hrs in the water each day for the first half of the trip. One special highlight of mine was from one of the boys Borgy, he pulled through the back of a wave at napalms, went over and snapped his board. He was filthy on himself and looking for redemption, which didn't take him long to find while not long after paddling back out scored the wave of the trip, long hollow tube all the way through kicking out, hands in the air, stoked. job done. Illusions was as fun as always long reeling smackable walls and even throwing out the odd keg or two. Playing 2up on the boat on Anzac day was a cracker, since we had no cash out there whoever lost had to shotgun a can of Anker fun times. Also snagged a few fish including a barracuda, job fish and trevally which our chef Danna whipped up one of his all time fish curries.