Day 8 – Barrels and the bottom of the reef!

Day 8 – Barrels and the bottom of the reef!

The morning started off pretty good for me, as everyone slept in and I paddled out to 10 straight waves to myself at Moots.  It was about chest high but glassy.  When your out there by yourself at sunrise catching wave after wave, life is pretty good.  As soon as the boys awoke I paddled back in, grabbed some breakfast and then proceeded to get some shots from the boat of the guys.  The tide was getting higher and the wave count was going down fast.  Part of the crew left to go over to McFrights in the tin.  I missed that boat over and stayed back since the majority of the guys were still where I was.  The Trader eventually lifted anchor and headed over to McFrights.  By the time I had gotten in the water that crew was done.  Shift change as Nader, Wes, Cliff, Skip and Kane paddled out.  I shot from the water as the barrels piled through the lineup.  10 mins in a 6ft set caught us all off guard and got me on the inside.  Bounced off the reef twice, both times off my back.  I had my rash guard on and didn’t get any cuts but did hit hard enough to be a bit shaken up.   On every deep breathe I felt a pinch of pain, hopefully its not a cracked rib!  We continued to shoot and get some epic moments on film for another 2 hours.  Exhausted myself and was spent from the day.  I came back aboard the Trader and shot a bit from the boat as the boys continue to get shacked.  Nader snapped a board on one of the barrels earlier and the second half was still on the reef.  Rather than leave it, Doug and I decided to venture on the beach to get it.  Getting there meant a drop off with the tin about 30 yards from the beach and a swim in.  I had my drybag backpack and camera gear in had and carried on my head as I swam in.  We both had booties on since the reef is razor sharp.  On the beach we realized there was a small tent just inside the lavish bush under the towering coconut palms.  We find out later they were there to harvest coconuts for the village across the way on another island.  Walking up the beach onto the dry reef to retrieve the snapped board we were inundated by biting flies in the 90 degree heat.  While there the wind had turned on shore and McFrights was done for the day.  We headed back after the short swim to the tin.  Martin lifted anchor and brought us across the way to ship wrecks where the wind was offshore.  The waves were a bit inconsistent.  A few paddled out but most of us were to tired for another sesh unless it was barreling.  From there we headed back to our mooring for the night in between a mangrove inlet where there were calm waters.  As usual Tim the chef brought smiles to our bellies by serving up another beast of a meal.

Ben Hicks

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