Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kickin' it at Wavepark!

Hi all, greetings from wavepark! Got here today after a quite interesting journey here. A wavepark person picked me and the other three guests this morning at 9 from my hotel and we ll went to the airport in Padang to catch our flight. The plane was a small 20 person twin prop rig with two pilots and an attendant. The flight was a little bumpy but only 30 minutes or so. The landing was a little crazy, the airfield is quite short, so the descent is quick and bumpy. Then we boarded the two boats to the island. They are probably 25 feet long, but only 4 or 5 feet wide with two small outboards with tiller handles. They go probably around 25mph. The trip was mostly in the lee of the islands, but there were times when we were exposed to open ocean swells but the wind was easy and there wasn't much chop at all. The boat trip took two hours. The island has no dock so the boats are nosed up to the beach and you jump off. The resort consists of a main open air building where there is the eating area and bar with a pool table and ping-pong, as well as a big projector screen for movies and surf pics. There is also a large house with room s for guests and crew and two bungalows where myself and the other three guests are staying. They are also open air but very nice, but no AC.
We surfed this afternoon at a break called Bam-Bams which is an easy(relative)breaking left. The surf was overhead and fun, with nice 100 yard rides. The waves here are super powerful and breaking over the reef which is much more different from the beach breaks at home. Much more of the waves energy seems to be transfered breaking over the reef. I'm so used to making my own speed on waves which here is unnecessary. We had the wave all to ourselves until a crew from another resort showed up with 11 people in the boat! Anyway it was fun, and I'm looking forward to more!
The food here is great, the chef is an aussie and did some great burritos for dinner! More later, hopefully some video and pics soon!


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