Two solid hits of South West swell ensured an abundance of waves for our three guests this last trip. Let’s meet ’em:
Meghan Connelly and partner Kirk Foster. A super friendly and easy-going husband and wife team, out here celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. Based in Florida and both working in anaesthesiology, these guys live and breathe the active lifestyle. Megs is a champion giant slalom skier and Kirk a committed snowboarder, and they transferred their hard-charging experience on the slopes (and athleticism) to the challenging theatre of the Telos under solid swell bombardment. These guys went for it.
Marc ‘Spike’ Neumann. You wouldn’t know this Gold Coast based steel magnate was pushing into his early sixties. Fit as a bull and still keen to pull in, this was the ol’ Spikeroonie’s first experience of a ‘land camp’, as opposed to doing the charter boat thing. The verdict was a big thumbs up from Spikey. From barrels at JayRods to speed runs at Max’s Left to searing backhand hooks at Le Ba, Spike was all over every session.
This trip was guided by Alex and Dingo, both of whom inspired with ripping of their own, Alex swooping barrels up the reef at JayRods, and Dingo’s uncompromising power in the pocket reminiscent of Aussie pro surfer Trent Munro. The lads did a brilliant job finding quiet lineups when some of the more obvious go-tos were populated. And having just three guests on hand… well, it was magic.
Such were the waves everyday we never even stopped to think about a Telo Tour or any other expedition. It was just Surf, refuel on Chef Hendra and Jefferson’s amazing cuisine, get on the massage table to let Sinta piece the tendons back together, enjoy a few sneaky Bintangs and Margaritas, and collapse back in our deluxe-o villas and recharge for another day’s waves of dreams. By the time our crew climbed on to the charter flight back to Medan, we could barely raise our arms to wave goodbye.
Guess we’ll just have to come back then.