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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip: The Curse of the Snake Lady

The Snake Lady lived high on a sinuous ridge, her lair hidden by day but illuminated at night by bright lights. The background hills looked straight out of the Stone Age, but a shiny road wound through them, lined by … Continue reading

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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip: My New Year’s Resolution is to finish this damn account

On New Year’s Eve, when the midnight firecracker bombs of the village youth were exploding all around the house and rattling windows and my brain, something shook loose and plopped into both my consciousness and conscience. Why, it was a … Continue reading

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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip: The Snake Lady, Guardian of the Mythical Wave

This is weird. Truly, a weirdliness beyond words. For several days now, I’ve been trying to get this post written on the Mystical Wave of Snake Lady Ridge. I know we were there. This is an absolute fact. We did … Continue reading

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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip: In Search of Albert Taylor’s Mysterious, Magical, Mystical Wave

If there be any one surfer on the planet who’s cataloged all of Indonesia’s world-class surf breaks, and most of the B-grade ones, then I’d say that person would be legendary surf boat charter skipper (and coffee plantation entrepreneur) Albert … Continue reading

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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Tip: The Boat People finally show up.

A large chunk of the history of Indonesia surf pioneering consists of unknown adventurers hiring local fishing boats out of grungy scummy harbors to find along islands and coasts what they could find where no surfer had gone before. In … Continue reading

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Interlude

Some friends have been in touch, asking about the silence of the blog. Am I okay? It’s called writer’s block. Trying to write anything these days is like clawing through granite with my fingernails. I’ve been surfing, going prone on … Continue reading

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The Kupang to Flores Surf Trip: Yes, there is surf in Savu

It seems to be a cosmic law that every feral surfer who pops out of the remote shoreline jungle upon the unexpected arrival of other surfers is named Dave. In thirty years of careening through Indonesia’s outer islands and along … Continue reading

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