It happens sometimes you know. You get waves and then it tapers off. Even in Indo, Huey the surf god can't always provide swell for a whole trip. So what do you do? How about drink beers, fish, hang out with your mates and have a good time anyway. That’s what Shane Conwell’s boys did on their trip. And maybe just maybe, there was a rumour that when it did go flat, they cut the trip short by one night and headed back to Jakarta for a big night out….
One of Just Dreaming’s favorite guests Buz was back for the first of his two trips in 2018. And as the boys will tell you Buz always brings the waves so even though it was still only April, it seemed to come as no surprise that we motored into the bay on Day 1 to be greeted by 6ft One Palm. Lee, Brent and Kadu were straight into it while the rest of us sat back and watched the show. Highlights included Kadu's big set wave, Brent launching his lid into anything that moved and Lee “barrel” Limond getting more barrels than we could count including one “Timmy Turner” wave all the way through the moguls and into the inside bay. After that shot of adrenaline, we pulled anchor and surfed Napalms for the midday session. Followed by a short trip over the other side of the bay to surf Illusions in the arvo. Not a bad Day 1 huh?! That set the scene for the rest of the trip with waves every day, both lefts and rights and barrels and smiles all round. Thanks to the crew for making this trip a special one: Buz, Lizzy (who shot the photos), Mark, Lee & son Sage (Sage was on his first boat trip, surfing Panaitan Island at the ripe old age of 12!) Brent and Kadu from Mentawai Surf Charters (check them out of you want a great Ments trip).
So we don’t have much to report on this one as it was all a bit hush hush. All that we can say is that there were waves every day and beers every day and that the crew were stoked to have Bruce Raymond on-board (former CEO of Quiksilver) and also Anthony who was on the boat 22 years ago when Captain Manto was just a deckhand! Check out the old photo Anthony bought along with Manto on the outboard and the guests wearing some of the first Gath helmets.