Searching for waves, not too hard in Indo

Lighthouse Rights pulsing.

As we have passed our midway point on the trip, the reef cuts, bruises and sun starts to really take its toll on our unfamiliar bodies.  Still the sessions are long, 5 hours yesterday morning and then another 3 in the evening.  The swell charts weren’t too accurate, and has caused us to search for the waves.  But with one of the best captains in the business, Joel always comes through with epic Mentawai surf.

Joel with the barrel of the day at Lighthouse Rights.

Yesterday we scored again though at Lighthouse rights and then headed to an island over  to our west back to the hole for a sunset session.  I shot entirely from the boats to give my body some time to heal.  All the guys have been charging every wave that we go to.  Dimitri was able to return to the water after being on the DL for two days from reef carnage.  The crew onboard has been all time!  Taking there time for any “want”  that we may have, though none of it is “needed.”  Dende, one of the Indo mates gave us all a great show at the hole.  He paddled out on his boogie board with Tim the chef at mid to high tide.  The wave is a barrel and thats it.  Lets you out right onto dry reef.  Just as he paddled out the set of the day, according to Tim, came through and poor Dende was left bobbing nearly onto the beach after taking set after set.  He was fine but a little shaken up after being picked up by the tender boat.
No broken boards today, which is a good thing along with no new broken people! Another detail about being out at sea and being around the locals is they all smoke.  Its amazes me that at such a young age too.

Samer eyeing the pocket.
As small talk consumes much of the time on the boat, it came up that a couple of us (not me) felt and earthquake last night!!  Jeesh!  Yeah, so that’s when Joel told us.  There was in fact and earthquake, 5.6 that struck just below us.  He gets an alert on his phone when anything happens.  They say you don’t really need to worry about anything until a 7 or so.   The plan would be to cut the anchor and head out past 50 meters depth in the boat.  They say you get about 15 mins, give or take time until a tsunami would hit.  The area that we are in has been hit before in 2010 and a bad one in 2004.  It all made us think a bit more about our trip!

The conditions yesterday were beautiful.  As I shot in the channel on the tin boat in about 20 feet of water you could watch all the fish swim in the reef.  It was glass conditions and the water was iridescent blue.  The biting flies were my only complain and that is was boiling in the sun, other than that, it was an amazing day.  Skipp ended the day by taking the helm and driving us back to our mooring in between an island pass.  The swell is suppose to drop until our last day on Wednesday where it is forecasted to pick up.