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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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The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip: The (Almost) Curious Case of the (Nearly) Missing Artist

We have lost the plot. The Kupang to Flores Toast Surf trip has already receded into the mists of time billowing over this blog correspondent’s wonky memory. As I recall, I’ve written a dozen posts and we haven’t even boarded … Continue reading

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Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip resumes shortly, in the meantime

Your blog correspondent hasn’t been posting lately, initially jet-lagged upon returning from a trip attend his son’s wedding in San Diego, followed by an attack of acute laziness, compounded (today) by lack of wind and rising swell on Bali’s east … Continue reading

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Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip temporarily suspended until 12 Sept

This boy is getting married in San Diego. As father of the groom, and not in the custom of wearing suit and tie, I have my full-press batik shirt packed and ready.

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores, Part 8 — the Kupang Beer Crisis

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) There he was, waiting at the doors of arrival hall of Kupang’s El Tari airport, his porter’s uniform neat and tidy. Good old Nathaniel. He’d been … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores — I think part 7?

So far, I’ve left a lot of threads hanging regarding our surf odyssey from Kupang to Flores. What about the lurking beer crisis? And the snake lady, what of her? Was one of us lured to her lair by her … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores — some words from Murray “Muzzah” Bourton

I first met Murray years ago on a boat trip to the Mentawais, where I badgered him into fixing a ding on my board. Asking a surfboard sharper of Muzzah’s renown to fix a ding is rather like asking Michelangelo … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores, Part 5 — “There’s gonna be no surf in Savu, but don’t worry, be happy”

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) We had a situation. Six of us were trying to get from Bali to the Bajo Baji anchored up Savu. Three of us (Mike, Clayton, and your blog correspondent) were on Friday’s … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores — the saga of Steve the Deve’s soybean burgers

Let’s see, where was I? Ah yes, Robert Wilson and the Bajo Baji were stuck in Savu, pinned there by strong easterly winds that prevented the good ship from reaching our designated pick-up spot of Kupang. The rest of the … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang To Flores — Interlude

This past week I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest and haven’t had a chance to write more about the beer crisis and whether or not there is in fact surf in Savu. So for today … Continue reading

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