Tales from the Underground: Episode 1 “Time Travel and the Un-Anticipated Change in Reality”

Its that time of year again and South Florida’s flattest season is upon us. The time has come to GTF outta here. Usually “normal” people would prepare for a trip halfway around the world far in advance, 6months to a year of anxiety and anticipation normally preceding it. This group if far from “normal”. With Pompano natives and seasoned travelers Cliff Maddock and Nader Taha leading the last minute charge of insanity, it would be only be safe to assume that such endeavors would attract like-minded “characters”. So with only a few weeks notice, a motley crew of pirates consisting of Andre “The Giant” Dreyfuss Esquire, male model Robert “The Hearth-Rob” Martin, Christopher “The Bandageman” Mckinley, and of coarse the all-knowing dark deity and master of the greatest surfboard brand known to the world of man, NightmareShapes, me…Kane Barrie…have indeed come together to embark on another quest to seek out some world class surf.
The beauty of such short notice is that theres no time to get anxious because you suddenly become so busy trying to get all your stuff together before taking off for two weeks that the deadline almost comes too soon. Hence you are never plagued with this “I cant wait!!!” hooplah. For instance in my own experience…38 surfboards in 4weeks, multiple all-nighters, and far too delirious to think about the prize at the end of the tunnel means: you’re on that plane before you know it and welcome 30+hrs of sitting down and doing nothing…
Miami, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, jetlag, time travel, airports, hotels, hangovers, and a diverse taste of multiple cultures bring us to the port where the Indies Trader 3 makes birth. Here we are joined by the rest of our crew: Xavier Bastian and Jesus Morgando…two legends and close friends from Australia, as well as Lensman extraodinaire David Burden, The Culinary Wizard Tim Everingham, our fearless leader Capt. Martin Daly, and the rest of the Indies Trader Crew.
We motor off into the vortex that is the Mentawais Islands. With Capt Martin steering us well off the beaten path we set out to do what we are destined to do the next 2 weeks: Rape, Pillage, and Plunder the saltwater playground where nothing else matter besides feeding our selfish inner-childlike thirst for good surf…because for the next two weeks that is the only purpose of our existence…
The first morning we are greeted with a magical little right hander that wraps around an sandy atoll in the middle of the ocean…some would even say “Snapper Rocks, Australia in a fish tank with only you and your friends”…I would say…pretty accurate description and the perfect warmup to shake off the months surfing 1-2ft powerchop…All the boys were on it and getting their fill. After hours of destroying ourselves we motored off to a left to appease the goofy footers to close out the day. Capping it off with a few sunset Bintangs and an insane Spanish Mackeral Curry feed by Tim, we pretty much were all around winning on Day 1…and with a new swell on the way things only seem to be on the up…Will our heros succeed in their quest? Will they get completely kegged off their faces? Or will they end up being grated into fishfood when the swell switch turns on? Find out over the next 2 weeks on NightmareShapes presents “Tales from the Underground”