Thursday, June 10, 2010
I pay my bill, said my farewells and arrived at Mataram half hour earlier than I expected. The drive was great, especially, when we passed through a market in pone town. The traffic slowed and it was very interesting sitting on the inside looking out and the daily market happenings.
28/04/10 - sunny
I arrived and surfed afternoon at Lombok 1 at about ½ to 1 metre sluggish lefts.
29/04/10 – sunny
We caught a boat and surfed at Lombok 3 at about 1 to 1 ½ metre rights. The waves were excellent with fast steep takeoff and a long wall.
In afternoon, I had a surf Lombok 1 at ½ to 1 metre. Once again it was a bit sluggish but some of the rights were more exciting where they broke.
I surfed at Lombok 1 early at about ½ to 1m lefts. I then caught boat to Lombok 3 which was excellent again at 1 to 1 ½ metres.
1/05/10 – sunny
We had surf at Lombok 3 at late in the morning at 1 metre. It was a bit bigger on the sets.
2/05/10 – sunny
We had small ½ metre surf at Lombok 1 but it was short and sluggish. Later, we caught a boat to Lombok 2 for 1 to 1 ½ metres waves. The waves were powerful and fun lefts.
We had a surf Lombok 1 at ½ metre in morning.
Later in morning, we had a surf Lombok 2 at 1 plus metres. The peak kept shifting but it was still powerful and fun.
The swell had picked up and was looking good at Lombok 1 at about 1 to 1 ½ metres. Unfortunately, I had to leave for my flight to Bali. More unfortunately, I arrived early at the airport and the flight was delayed an hour so I really did have time for a surf. I had a magnum to cheer me up!
We caught a boat to a coral reef in the centre of the bay and while on the way I was explained equipment use and safety instructions.
Into the water we went and slow sank into the depths. The visibility was poor on the surface but at 3 metres it was clear. There were heaps of corals and fish.
The best part was being under the water for so long skimming just above the various coral formations.
I was a bit disoriented when I finished but it was well worth it.
The resort has a large entertainment and eating area. The menu has a large choice of meals. Down the hill from this level is another entertainment area with chairs, television and sound system. Below level is the small but nice swimming pool.
The rooms are situated in the gardens or overlooking the bay.
The day before, I checked the web for surf conditions then I booked flights to and from Mataram in Lombok. After that, I rang heaven on a planet resort in Lombok Ekas and booked accommodation and pick up at Mataram airport.
I caught a taxi to the domestic airport in Bali for 50 000 rupiah. I checked in at the Merpati counter then went to another counter to pay 52 000 rupiah for my surfboard. The domestic flight tax at customs was 30 000 rupiah.
The flight was very quick with no problems. The flight is so quick that they give you a snack box and water as you are boarding the plane.
Mata ram airport is well organised and I quickly got my bags and went through customs.
I met four other guys from Melbourne who were going to Heaven on the planet resort. We travelled about 2 hours in a van to get to Ekas. The journey was great passing through towns and countryside. People were busy doing work or nothing at all. The last part of the drive was through rough roads to a bumpy track.
I quickly settled into HOT planet resort. The entertainment area looked great, the room was excellent and the views awesome.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
There were some huge wipe-outs, some barrels that eventually shutted down massively and some perfect barrels.
A surf for the skilled, committed and gutsy.
There were waves around but messy towards the north. A large crowd going in various directions in front of the Terrigal surf club.
About four great waves bowled across from the yellow buoy while I was watching. Noone caught them!
Kelala to Waingapu - 500 000 rupiah
Air Batavia – Waingapu to Denpasar – about 700 000 rupiah
Denpasar domestic airport to Legian – 70 000 rupiah
I stayed that night at the Kumala Hotel for 250 000 rupiah.
15/4/10 – cloudy rain
I arrived late in the afternoon. The surf was wild but there were reasonably sized and good waves breaking all over the reefs and along the beach. Too late to surf but it was nice watching.
16/4/10 – sunny
I had an early 1 metre plus surf at low tide on the left over the reef. It was a good wave that continued onto the beach and ended on sand.
At about mid day, I surfed at a right that formed up directly in front of the resort at high tide. It was about 1 metre plus with a good takeoff and a long fast wall that ended full in deep water. It was a lot of fun and the water was very clear underneath.
In the afternoon, I surfed on the beach rights which were okay at about ½ to 1metre.
I had early surf on the left at about 1 metre but it was a bit sluggish and closing out on the beach section. The waves were far between.
I paddled off the reef and down the beach where there was a small ½ metre right peeling for a short distance close to shore.
After that, I decided that the swell was dropping too much for this venue and would try my luck at Sumba 2.
17/04/10 – sunny, cloud, rain
I arrived late afternoon. Surf was breaking well but a long, long way out to sea.
18/04/10 – sunny
Long and fun head height waves for morning surf and afternoon surf.
Morning surf was ½ head height and a little bumpy.
A boat arrived in the afternoon with a number of friendly Austrian surfers. I had a fun ½ head height surf with them late in the afternoon.
20/04/10 – rain, cloud
I was starting to get a cold.
Surf was very small though the Austrians got themselves a few fun waves early morning before they left on their way to Bali.
21/04/10 – sunny
I took some flu tablets for the cold. I had a later morning surf in half head height waves that were fun, fast and breaking close to the reef.
The afternoon surf was excellent with head height plus waves.
Took flu tablets but I felt like crap.
The surf had picked up to double head height. The take off was fast and furious and there was a lot of water movement. My first wave was looking good but ended up bad with me being dragged under for ages and pummelled by endless sets after that. I managed two more waves but I was stuffed.
Back to Sumba 1
Not encouraging enough to surf.
The window of surf opportunity opened in the afternoon with the left breaking 1/2 metre off the reef into deep water. The wave was breaking deeper on the reef so the ride was long and fun.
No waves, too small.
When the generator, which provides power, was off, there was mobile phone coverage in the resort. Still, the drive was worth it.
Cost - 150 000 rupiah per night with three meals. Coffee is available all day.
Marten’s is run by Marten, who is a friendly guy. His wife runs the shop at the front of the ‘resort’. There are a number of people working there but nobody seemed to be doing nothing much.
The car/driver from Waingapu is 650 000 rupiah for a three hour journey which is quite rugged in the last hour.
On arrival, it took awhile to get the room organised. Marten collects your money, etc and you each count and write in on a piece of paper and sign. He then puts it in safe keeping. No money is needed while here. Things bought in the shop are written in a book and you pay at the end of the stay.
There is a shared bathroom and toilet.
There is a large entertainment area with a few chairs, lounges and tables. There is one power socket which works when the generator is working. Locals come in the evening to recharge their mobiles. The meals are served in this room and guests eat in groups of four sharing a number of Indonesian dishes.
The staff is reasonably friendly and helpful to a certain degree.
Buy these things in Waingapu
A mattress, a pillow and fruit, especially, oranges
Get a lightweight hammock in Bali about 100 000 to 120 000 rupiah
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Waingapu to Kelala 650 000 rupiah
This was a long drive.
As the crow flies, the distance isn’t too far but the roads in Sumba are different. The drive from Kelala to Waingapu went via the south and east coast which is relatively flat. It lasted 2 ½ hours.
The second leg of the journey from Waingapu to Tarimbang involves hills and badly maintained roads during the last hour. The drive was 3 ½ hours.
There was a lot of rain which isn’t much fun in steep and windy roads which are deeply potholed.
At Sydney again so I decided on a kayak along a part of Cooks River and Wolli Creek. It was a bit difficult finding a place to launch...
I woke early and drove with lights on so it was pretty early. I passed the beaches and there was enough light to see that it was an onshore ...
I had a great wander around this morning checking the surf in a number of spots - Wamberal Beach, Blue Lagoon, Shelley Beach, pelican Beach,...