A castle in the Solomon Islands

john at papatura

The Location: Papatura Island Retreat, Isabel Province It is close to dusk at the end of a 22-hour boat trip when I realise I’m not sure where I am. As the ship’s tender approaches a bay I spot a man in boardies, probably in his sixties, standing alone on the typically tropical beach. He gives [...]

Pinged for oversize, overweight baggage with Air Asia?

How does Air Asia handle oversize, overweight luggage?

It’s our first experience flying with AirAsia.com and we were pleasantly surprised! We weren’t expecting much after only paying US$60 for a ticket from Kuala Lumpur directly to Phuket based on previous experience traveling on low budget airlines with surfboards. We arrive an hour and a half before departure time, checked in and were only [...]

Surf, lamb chops and a camper: a NZ road trip

Mikey, punches through the lip

Dunedin is special for two reasons: it is consistently battered by great southern ocean swells and it’s colder than the hair on a polar bear’s arse. So when we wake to a cranking northerly swell and a warm sunny day we’re left blinking in bewilderment. “It’s on,” I’m told, but where? The swell direction is [...]

Burleigh Heads fires

Keri at her favourite break (so far)

It’s crowded, but we love it. This is a picture of Keri taken circa 2006 – five years later not much has changed. The waves keep rolling in, the southerly sweep attempts to thin the crowds as they paddle in and out, and the usual suspects weave their way through and along the point’s three [...]

Surf Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Urman slotted, thanks Silas Hansen from Kiwi Surf Mag for the shot

  I listen to a young Aussie yak yak yakking away as he commandeers the peak, I listen to a swarthy group of Lakey veterans reminisce latter years’ lack of crowds and kooks, and I listen to a professional photographer/writer bemoan the fact it’s just another surf trip, who cares? (He doesn’t know what to [...]

Oh yeah that’s the ticket

Fiji's cloudbreak says Bula!

By Keri Algar Surfing is life. You let go and go for it at the same time and if things are moving a little fast then all the better cos it doesn’t leave you time to think about it too much, you act on instinct. It’s the best way to score though sure, sometimes you get smashed but [...]

Bits and Boobs

Laura Enever in Stab's spread of hot

By Keri Algar Here is where we will add images of the weird, wonderful, hot, or not characters we meet along the way. From the Argentine ranchero Juan, whose smoldering gaze bedazzles us the wine and dine way, to the lusty babe whose butt swallowed her weekini we’re into it. So show us your tits [...]

Liberated in PNG

The minx after a couple of beers

A soundtrack to PNG could start with David Bowie’s Space Oddity because as one salty sailor said, “It’s damn remote out here” and a queer place to arrive at. Then anything by Norah Jones to fall asleep to in the warm tropical breeze and bam! Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up blares as your camera is [...]

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