Hola Amigos, welcome to another report from down here in San Juan del Surf. The tropical storm ( Mattew) is still crying a lot, so we are getting lots of rain in the last few days. Once again we stick around the bay because when we have these kind of weather patterns it is the best spot to paddle out. It was running about waist to chest high on sets with pretty strong onshore winds, but the bay it is kinda protected from the winds and there were many small but fun waves rolling in. Check it out!!!
The rain was pouring the whole day but it's stopped for about an hour. On the way to the beach I got to snap this unfortunately accident. It happened when it was raining cats and dogs and the pavement was very slippery.
We were so excited because the weather was looking better. We got to see some sunshine and we were able to snap some ok shots with decent light. This is La Bestia Calderon going big with an amazing backside maneuver.
Sometimes when we get these kinda wind patterns we drive to one spot south of San Juan del Sur called Remanso Beach but right now the roads are pretty bad and it is hard to make it there. Even the kids that lives around that area, decided to make it to the bay today.
Meanwhile, on the complete opposite side of the Globe, I'm still hanging out in Padang and making friends. I've been here for three days now and I'm going stir crazy. Here is my new sidekick, Riki Tiki Tavi (Roberto, I gave him that nickname myself - are you proud of me or what?). RTT saw me waking around and decided to follow me so he could practice his English. When he saw that I had a camera, he wanted pictures to post on his facebook. After an hour, I told him I had to go back to my hotel - I already had an email from him requesting the photos. I'm ready to go surfing now. Fortunately, I leave tomorrow morning for the Telos islands.
One time in Nicaragua, I saw a family of 6 on a motorcycle...but I didn't have my camera with me. When this "5-pack" passed by, I just had to snap a shot. 5 people, one motorcycle, zero helmets. That's how we get it done in Indo.
Just outside of Padang, it turns from a crowded to city to rural farmland. These are the traditional rice farmers working in the paddy. It's hard to describe just how many different plants and trees grow here. It feels like I went back in time when I look up the steep mountainsides. It's very green, very lush and full of life. There were even monkeys playing on the side of the road.
Indonesia is the 4th largest country in the world (by population) and it is predominantly Muslim. The girls start wearing their head coverings very early - elementary school or so - and it's not uncommon to see groups of them walking to and from school. They must study at least a little bit of English because each time I passed a group of them, I would hear "nice to meet you mister" or "have a nice day mister". They were all very nice and I didn't feel the least bit uncomfortable. When they saw my camera, the asked for a photo - you guessed it - for their facebook. These two refused to smile but as you can see, I almost got the one on the left!
Indo taxi drivers are stoked on their rides. They like to paint and sticker them up as much as possible. It's hard to tell from this shot, but this van is about the same size as one of those double golf carts. You still wouldn't want one to hit you because they whip them around pretty fast. Crossing the street is a huge challenge in Padang.
Everybody smokes here. I ate at a restaurant and requested the non-smoking section. We were in a tiny room and my table was the one right next to a smoking table. At least they are trying. This guy was driving a horse-drawn carriage and I thought he looked cook with is cigarette. Classic indo man.
This will be my last shot from the beach in front of Padang. You can't see them from here, but if you go straight out from this beach, you will run straight into the Mentawai and Telo islands - arguably the most concentrated collection of the best waves in the world. I'll be out there tomorrow...