Day 1: Red Eye’s revenge in Indo

Day 1: Redeye Revenge

We start out the trip meeting Skip and Kane at Octane surfboards in Pompano Beach, FL.  Skip had flown in from the Bahamas the day before.  Kane was still sanding his boards and spraying them….. with our flight taking off to Paris in 3 hours.  We booked it from there and we made it with plenty of time through MIA security.  First leg was Miami to Paris, easy 8+ hour flight.  Then Paris to Kula Lumpor, Malaysia about 13 hours.  Got about 1 hour of sleep.  Both flights were redeye flights.  Once in Kula Lumpor it took about 3 hours of collecting baggage, catching buses, rechecking baggage, two sets of customs, a search of my bags with my housings and then had about 3 more hours before we took our last little flight to Padang, Indonesia.  Nader and Cliff also met us just before boarding and the group swelled to 6.  Eventually there will be a total of 9 of us on this trip.  I went to a vendor in our terminal and asked for the largest empty box they had.  Earlier I had taken a blanket from the last flight in hopes to get some rest somewhere between flights.  My eyes by this time were blood shot.  Sleep was calling my name!  Super loud announcements, tile floors, tons of people walking by and I was still sound asleep.   The time came to board and we were on our way to Padang, Java.  A quick 45 min flight and then met up with Tim the cook on the boat and also were united with the 7th surfer on the boat Christian, and Aussie now living in Bali.  We all crammed into a van and headed to the port to meet the Indies Trader 3 and its crew by about 5 pm.  Wes, the 8th surfer from Oregon was already on board and had been in Padang for a few days.  Once aboard the boat after a small tender boat ride out to the Trader we settle in, unpack and get underway for the 11 hour trip into the night out to the Mentawai Island chain.  Somehow on my carry on, one of my 1d Mark 3 bodies had a cracked screen.  $500 loss to start the trip kinda was a bummer.  We all sat down and had a nice dinner and listened to the stories of our legendary capatain, Martin Daly.  Martin pioneered surfing the Mentawai islands 30 years ago.  Without a doubt a legend in the history books of surfing.  Sleep was long overdue and I settled into my bunk and the rocking of the boat.

Ben Hicks

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