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 Originally Posted By: Creek Boy
those waves look freaking awesome!!! **Droooool**




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 Originally Posted By: SG
 Originally Posted By: Creek Boy
those waves look freaking awesome!!! **Droooool**




no no no, it should look like:

thats bout how I feel looking at those waves \:D
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Those Indos can frustrate the shite out of you. I sympathize with ya Spook. Sometimes you feel like strangling them, it's a different world over there. I've always found them to be very good natured and friendly people but also very simple.

That wave looks sick. Next time you paddle out in ya boardies, think of me zipping up my 3 mm steamer with a cold breeze snapping around my ears.
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 Originally Posted By: SG
photos like that make me want to take up surfing!

hang in there spook, make the most of it while you can, when you back cooped up in a office you'll wish you were back in the islands.


 Originally Posted By: Mantas
Those Indos can frustrate the shite out of you. I sympathize with ya Spook. Sometimes you feel like strangling them, it's a different world over there. I've always found them to be very good natured and friendly people but also very simple.



yep, totally agree. i just need to get into the rhythm of it all a bit more. cultural differences are always so hard.
and then this evening everyone has been super cool. faaark, i was just having a tough afternoon. working, eating, and living together makes it tough, but we're getting there!
i'm living on a tropical island for heaven's sake, i just need to keep reminding myself that!

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 Originally Posted By: spook

i'm living on a tropical island for heaven's sake, i just need to keep reminding myself that!


indeed you are, so was this guy!





and he lasted 1500 days alone with a volleyball but no surfboard, I think you can last a few more..



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loving the pics mate.

I'd love to try surfing, every time I see pics like that I think,
"right, this year I am DEFINITELY learning to surf"

We'll wait and see if it ever happens though!!
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Just remember, they work on Jam Karet. (Rubber Time).
and there are a lot of cultural differences.
You will need to understand what those differences are.

the cultural differences are quite large and they see things a lot differently than we do.

I used to spend most of my time at the warungs just talking all day.
You soon get to know what is going on.

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Nice waves..

Welcome to Indonesia with your hassles!! Can send you stir crazy the way they do things. Don't let it get to you though.. or you may end up leaving early. (I'll be ready to move in as a temp!)

A place I stayed at used to have ant problems, so they doused the WOODEN cottages in kero to get rid of the ants! Only in Indo...

Beng bengs looks mighty fun and sessions you get like that by yourselves gotta seal the deal.

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we use diesel on the floor to get rid of flies. i now associate the smell of petrol with cleanliness and actually quite like it.
everything is good now. my mate and his indo colleague are back on the island and all the crew have lifted their game. really positive vibes and heaps of great stuff is getting completed.

yeah, jam karet, i'm down with that. i can happily sit around for hours talking, playing dominoes, all that. and i know that we have very different approaches to work. i think everyone just downed tools when the big bosses went back to the mainland.

enough of that thgouh... the surf has been cracking. some nice tubes tonight and am throwing down some icy bintangs. everything is siiiiick and i wouldn't trade places with anybody

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Tubes, Bintang, domino, laying around....................prick!
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>>A place I stayed at used to have ant problems, so they doused the WOODEN cottages in kero to get rid of the ants! Only in Indo...

thats mad!!! Hope nobody lights up...
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"Hello Mister"

That did my head in after months in the jungle!

Jam Karet... live by it!
(rubber time for the non indo speakers)

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How is the Bahasa going Spook. I got a lot more out of my Indo visits when I got better with langauge. Often there was a logical explanation for what was going on (often not) It's a great langauge to pick up. Very easy
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yeah mantas you are right.
I did so much better than my mates because I spoke (or tried to speak) the lingo.
Indo is way easy compared to other languages.. and if you get it you won't get skunkt!

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The only problem with that Indo is your mates are constantly asking you.
"What did he say" and "Mantas, tell him this......"

I actually did a course early on and just went from there. I remember one day in Timor, I was sitting down with an old guy and having a conversation in Indonesian about his time as a POW and he also told me about the day he saw a huge Japanese squadran fly over head.Two hours later Darwin was bombed.
It was a fascinating insight to his life that I wouldn't have got if I didn't speak Indo.
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 Originally Posted By: spook
pics pics pics



fabulous.

more pics pics pics pls

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Have you spent a bit of time in Indo Ewok?
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Spook, what is the season like down there? Whats avg size? Those just above look like like 4-5ft. How big are the biggest sets?

Thats a beautiful wave - does it close out to the right?
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CB you'll find most waves in Indo are either left or right. Not a great deal of peaks.
Up there in the mentawais they get surf like spooks pics pretty consistently. Alot of perfect 3-8ft waves. Powerful, but due to the distance the swell travels, it's usually picture perfect rather than RAW power like Sth OZ or Hawaii. Over 8ft it changes though...

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Id be so happy to ride a wave like that right now, Indo. Thats picture perfect, breaking lovely, nice lip to play on, does it barrel over or just break? Guess that just depends on the (type of reef) break/size factor huh? If I could have waves like that year-round (maybe a bit bigger), then I'd be in heaven. That looks freaking sweeeeeeeet
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