I'm delighted to make you all jealous because I'm half way through a truly special surf trip on the Telos (pronounced Telo) Islands off Indonesia's northern reaches. We flew to Singapore, to Medan on Sumatra, then by private charter plane to Telos. That plane trip alone was worth it, as we flew past volcanoes, over massive fresh water lake with an island the size of Singapore in the middle. The mountains dropping into the lake were simply spectacular. Then we left Sumatra and cruised over this group of postcard islands onto a tiny strip. A ten minute boat ride skippered by that Gold Coast ripper Dane Pioli dropped us at Telos Islands Resort, The kind of place you dream about. Just four thatch roof buildings, the lagoon lapping at their feet. The sandy beach, the coconuts, and a perfect right ripping by just out front. Fantastic.
I was greeted by the part owner/ manager my old mate and total ripper Dave Simons. He sat us down and informed us that the seven of us are the ONLY surfers in the district.
The guys thought the left around the corner would be best, so clambered aboard the fast boat and hit our first surf. It was Green Island with warm water, a great wave.
The next day and yesterday we plundered two great breaks at Schoolyards and Kindigartens. The former a long long bowling right like small Sunset Beach, including the frantic inside bowl. Kindis was more like Off the Wall, definite North Shore power. Stand up barrels dominated. Then a little zipping right like old sixties Kirra, fast 100 yards of screaming zippers.
Now I'm sitting here in the early afternoon, limbs thrashed after 4 hours of strong right kegs. Out front the right is looking great, but Dave and Dane say Bam-bams will be better, so I just have to go surfing, with a belly full of the best fish, chips and salad you could ask for. Tonight we'll have a few Bintangs and tell crazy stories, as usual at Telos Islands resort.
I've been surfing my 8'8" Stepdeck single fin exclusively, and it's propelled me at high speed over many serious walls. Cool!
The people at Perfect Wave have sure excelled themselves with this package. The connections were all perfect, and an overnight in Medan at the super Marriot took all the sting out of the journey. Cool. where else can you surf with just no other crew to share or hassle? This one's a winner!
I gotta go. The boat is leaving to the next island over to hit Bam-bams. Seeya!!
All photos courtesy www.teloislandlodge.com