P is for Pohnpei, P-Pass and Paradise

P-Pass, Micronesia

Give me a break His dream begins with an aerial photograph in a National Geographic magazine printed over thirty years ago. “It was a stunning shot, taken looking down at a new runway built on top of the barrier reef, surrounded by beautiful ocean. There was a perfect right-hander peeling off the runway. I thought, [...]

Surfing the Sollies

Beautiful Lolita at Vavaghio. Credit: Ben King

A summary of surf in Solomon Islands: (This was first published in Pacific Island Living Magazine, issue 8.) On the western edge of the Pacific lie scattered 992 islands, wonderfully remote, fringed by reefs, and exposed to ocean swells year round. For the adventurous surfer, Solomon Islands is matchless in the South Pacific. Tourism is [...]

Experimental Gentlemen: exploring surf in the South Pacific

PNG Sing Sing

The year is 1770. The place: somewhere in the South Pacific. Writes James Cook: “For here they are reefs of coral rock, rising like a wall almost perpendicularly out of the unfathomable deep…and here the enormous waves of the vast Southern Ocean break, with inconceivable violence, in a surf which no rocks or storms in [...]

Finding fortune in the Solomon Islands

Out the front of Vavaghio. Credit: Ben King

There’s gold in them thar hills… Empty barrels! They’re about a kilometre offshore from a new village that has been recently settled by Gary and his wife Lydia. Vavaghio is home to their typically extensive island family and it features two guest houses for the intrepid surf traveller. Located on a freckle of land on [...]

Hey, miss! You want massage?!

Herman and his very welcoming keluarga (family)

The cat calls in Bali (Indonesia) can be a hassle. But in West Java there’s a lot less international tourism and finding a massage means keeping your eyes peeled. We are in Cimaja and the surf has been pumping non-stop. There is a lady who we’ve both got a couple of massages from – she [...]

The unmissable Kagata surf retreat of the Solomon Islands

We didn't get too many good surf shots, but unlike other surf trips, the surf ended up peripheral

Thanks to our avid aid worker, surfer, traveller and friend, Eddie Burton, for providing this insightful and inspiring feature on the Solomon Islands. Towards the end of Eddie’s tale are his reflections, which will pull at the chords of every seasoned Island traveller. As I sat out the back alone, the last person in the [...]

Tim Baker’s ‘Surfari’ around Australia

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  Tim Baker is so stoked that he can’t put his wetsuit on fast enough. Somehow, in the middle of his life, the prolific surf scribe has slipped one past mediocrity to live the adventure he wished for as a teenager. Balancing life on the road for the best part of a year as a [...]

Slating Kelly

Kelly Slater, suiting the red shirt in Arica, Chile 2007 (Andy Irons won that one)

I wince while watching a video replay of Kelly Slater jumping switch-foot between 6-foot barrels at Padang Padang. He’s so awesome and yet I’m so over it. This twenty-year long adulation has become a little schizophrenic of late, a little up and down; I think I have Slater Fatigue Syndrome (SFS). Not to be confused with [...]

Kuta Bali hit list: we say YES!

Saul at Bingin, Bali

For fear of being mistaken as an Elizabeth Gilbert wannabe, author of Eat Prey Love (Groan, Sigh, Moan), we’ve opted to avoid the trendy jungle town of Ubud in Bali, where we’ve been told naval gazing woman armed with laptops and a vision to write crowd the free Wi-Fi cafes. We cast our eyes away [...]

Mexican Pipeline Dreams

Mexican pipeline bikini girl

It’s flat. So I sit, drink a Balinese coffee and listen to the flirtatious conversation between two middle aged Californians at breakfast. The southern Cali twang is unmistakable and unusual next to the more common Aussie accent. Bali is to Australians what Mexico is to North Americans…good waves, a cheap holiday, contrasting culture, and white-skin [...]

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