The Captains log: surftrip

Explore - Oz

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Explore - Oz

Another batch from a while back! Easter in OZ, spend some time down in Syd + Melb :D

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Explore - Bali

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Explore - Bali

A lil photodump of a recent trip to Bali! Managed to do some product shots while we were there but we'll save those for later :p

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Explore - Elyu

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Explore - Elyu

Photo dump of some pics from a recent trip to La Union in the Philippines over Chinese New Year to escape the (not too) chilly weather!

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explore - taitung

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explore - taitung

Here is a collection of pics we managed to take over a very tiring long weekend in Taiwan! We drove over to Taitung and surfed Jinzun every session as Donghe had its banks moved by a earlier typhoon. Hopefully that will sort itself out soon! Anyway, super fun size, awesome crew = good times!

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Typhoon Stalking 2.0

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During the months of July and August is the perfect time to go swell chasing in the Philippines. The monsoon on the West Coast and the Typhoons on the East coast can provide tons of waves, its just a matter of knowing when to go.

With the effect of La Nina, the anticyclone was active mostly on the South China Sea which means less or no storms at all during this time of the year. Luckily some low pressure started forming on the Pacific Ocean side and intensified the southwest monsoon on the South China Sea.

First stop is Baler, one of our favorite local spot. With the short swell period we managed to score just a day of swell.



With the swell picking up on the west coast, I decided to pack my board and started the 12 hrs long bus ride from Baler to Zambales via Manila. The forecast didn’t look so promising as the wind will be blowing at 10mph making the beach break choppy.



Then Mac (Ramos of Crystal Beach Resort) tagged me along to check out this cove which is half an hour ride by banca (local outrigger) and we were not disappointed. The swell was perfectly aligned to the cove which is protected from the wind, giving us glassy head to overhead perfection.





Surfers – (wahine ) Bea Vega
(Pinoy power) Mac Ramos

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Explore - Bali surf check

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Quick run-down of a recent Bali surf trip! When we arrived the forecast was off the charts showing 12ft+ at 16secs interval, which sounded a little much for those of us who have been out of the water for some time. We spoke to some local guides and they suggested Balangan should be working well, not too big and maybe about overhead and epic conditions. So after a 45 minute drive we caught a glimpse of Balangan and our jaws dropped to see it double over head with only a few guys out.

 

 After deciding to pass on that, we headed on to check Padang Padang. Here it was around 10ft but was breaking super fast.

We finally met our boat guide and he brought us to Toro Toro, a right hander reef that breaks nearby to the airport. It was super fun around 8-10ft and long lulls but heavy crowds. Apparently Toro is super mellow during big swells and is a favorite among beginners and advance alike.

The swell has dropped overnight and the next day it was around 4-6 ft so we decided to go back and check Balangan again.  It was packed, but luckily it can handle large crowds as the break has several different peaks.

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