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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores, part 3 — A crisis of beer (and is there really surf on Savu)?

(Part 1) (Part 2) **** There was trouble brewing about the beer. Robert Wilson, who’s as efficient as an atomic clock, had started his usual meticulous planning months prior to our departure on the Kupang to Flores Toast Surf Trip. … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores, Part 2 – introducing the boys

Any of you remember Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, that hilarious comedy about a stiff-shirted marketing executive (Steve Martin) and a zany salesman (John Candy) trying to get from New York to home in Chicago for the holidays? What’s normally a … Continue reading

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The Toast Surf Trip Kupang to Flores, Part 1

On a sunny Wednesday morning, I was working on a story about an asshole who didn’t want to be an asshole anymore, but my mind drifted. In a few days on Saturday, six of us old Bali Bulé Boys were … Continue reading

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Wait, we’re not quite dead yet — The Toast Surf Trip 2016, Timor to Flores

14 May to 2 June on the Bajo Baji. An account to follow. In the meantime, as a teaser:

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And then we came to the end…(plus, why the green surf hat)

The old adage says that if you wear booties and surf-hats in the line-up, you’re a kook. The booties mean you don’t have the self-confidence and skill to avoid the reef. The hat means you just look goofy. Me, I … Continue reading

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Bali dawn patrol surfers: Beware of thieves

Your blog correspondent is sitting out today’s swell, lumpy but solid overhead sets at Serangan upon his daily swimming check. I don’t want to risk the tumble and whirl and wrenching my still-tender shoulders. So in lieu of anything historical … Continue reading

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Swimming and swimming and swimming — getting back to my body surfing roots.

For the past two weeks or so, as part of a physio rehab program on shoulders, your blog correspondent has been swimming and swimming and swimming (obviously without the slings)*. Laps in the pool are too boring, so I’ve been … Continue reading

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Update to last week’s holy Day of Nyepi (did anyone go surfing)?

Wednesday last week was the Balinese holy day of Nyepi, wherein everyone stays indoors and does nothing that is not slothful (well for expats), such as listening to that strange remarkable sound that is the silence of motorbikes and traffic, … Continue reading

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Happy Nyepi! And no, you may not go surfing (and the swell will be up, too). Plus, a foolish thing to do, young man!

At Serangan the other day, where I am swimming in the waves (with fins) because swimming in still waters is very boring, until such time as my shoulders are healed and I am allowed to surf, I overheard one Balinese … Continue reading

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Surfers to Mentawais required to pay “surfing fees”?

An article in the 12 Feb edition of The Jakarta Post has snagged attention in the surfing world. Here is a screen-grab of the online edition’s article headline, with the rest of the article as the italicized text (with my … Continue reading

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