An early ‘ SURFARI ‘
By Robert Wilson
What would ‘ Bali Surf Stories ‘ be without stories ..
I first met Martin around 1981, there were no real crowds in Bali however he already had a penchant for discovery and finding the virgin wave. I recall one day we took his 4WD and surfed a spot by ourselves between Greenball and Nusa Dua, had a ball.
In 1983 I was in Jakarta and did a little work with Martin for Dave Barnett, the owner and skipper of the salvage vessel ‘ Raider ‘, later to be renamed the ‘ Indies Trader ‘.
In April 1983, Martin, Wylie, Roscoe, Chitty & myself pooled some money and Dave and his adopted first mate, Kiwi Pete took us on a trip to Panaitan and Enggano, here’s a shot I took the day we arrived at Panaitan.
Whether Panaitan had been surfed before we don’t know, it’s quite possible the intrepid Peter Troy and others had been before us. We gave it a shot but in all
honesty didn’t do the wave justice, we all came out unscathed though which
was a big plus,.. No Medivac in those days …
Grub [ Mc Cabe ] was supposed to have come along but couldn’t make it, he would have been more than up for the challenge.
Classic trip, good mates, great waves and one of the first Surf Discovery voyages in the region.
The rest is history.