On the table at TJ’s restaurant in Kuta stood an advert placard pronouncing that “The Anne Judith II Is Here!” As I delicately nibbled my tacos, in the manner of a starving feral trying to mind his manners, I contemplated the photo of the elegant vessel, her owner and operator Brett Haysom offering surf charters in style. 1985, this was. (More information on Anne Judith II history here)
The Anne Judith II wasn’t the very first surf charter boat. The Moana Manu, renamed the G-land Express, offered direct sea access to what was then the most exotic newly discovered surf break.
The Bali Hyatt at Sanur had a catamaran vessel that was available for hire, skippered by an expat whose name I can’t recall, but that vessel wasn’t a dedicated surf charter boat.
In the early 80s, Made “Ricky” Musma of Lembongan sailed surfers on his big, double-wide outrigger to Lombok and Sumbawa. The surf charter business in Indonesia has always been dominated (almost exclusively so, I would venture to say) by foreign surfer owners and surfing investors. Ricky was the first local surfer/owner offering full surf charter packages.
The Lady Luck, another massive outrigger powered by four outboards as I recall, and owned by Americans, did the Bali-Lombok-Sumbawa circuit, but not for long. She swung on her anchor at inside Desert Point one night, and the shore dump there pretty much pounded her into an unsalvageable state.
Only a partial listing dragged up from the murky depths of my memory. What other surf charter boats, does anybody remember? (Let’s say prior to Martin Daly’s famous 1992 Mentawai trip on the Indies Trader).