Salamat Pagi From Krui / by craig levers

Sumatran Pipe-shallow and sharp

Sumatran Pipe-shallow and sharp

I'm writing to you from Krui, which is in the south of Sumatra, Indonesia. I'm traveling with 4 other Kiwi surfers; Brent Alexander, Sam 'Calfy' Ryan and the Strom brothers, Barton and Hayden. We're half way through our most excellent adventure.  And it is excellent. 

At this juncture of the adventure there was a hope/expectation that this post would be filled with stunning first hand accounts of surfing prowess. Sadly [or maybe luckily for you] this is not the case. The wave quota, thus far, stands at 5 rides. 5 very medicore rides at that. Just over a month ago I tore my hamstring, and while the recovery had gone well, standing on a wave is too painful. 

This surfing trip has defaulted to a photography trip. To be really honest it is gutting. But what can you do, there's no point in dwelling on what should have been. I'm lucky that I have the cameras to fall back on, a secondary passion. 

So rather than bleat on too much about what's been going on here's a visual account. Next week there'll be a full wrap up of the hows and whys. 

First evening in Kuta before the transit flights and 5 hour drive to Krui

First evening in Kuta before the transit flights and 5 hour drive to Krui

Yum, Padang

Yum, Padang

The two connecting flights went pretty well, the boards arrived in Sumatra at the same time as us

The two connecting flights went pretty well, the boards arrived in Sumatra at the same time as us

Now for a mellow drive through rain and flooded roads for five hours in 3rd gear 

Now for a mellow drive through rain and flooded roads for five hours in 3rd gear 

The pay off

The pay off

Barton firmly focussed on Hayden's next dart

Barton firmly focussed on Hayden's next dart

When it rains around these parts you'll know it

When it rains around these parts you'll know it

Early morning reef blurs 

Early morning reef blurs 

Brent Alexander lining up the section at Pipe 

Brent Alexander lining up the section at Pipe 

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The Pipe's room with a view 

The Pipe's room with a view 

The local lads 

The local lads 

The peak in fine form

The peak in fine form

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Calfy between sets  

Calfy between sets  

Hayden in the happy place 

Hayden in the happy place 

Our guide and local photographer Dedi, check out his instagram   @dedilock

Our guide and local photographer Dedi, check out his instagram @dedilock

Out in front 

Out in front 

According to the speedo I'm a pretty slow rider 

According to the speedo I'm a pretty slow rider 

Fair to say from where we'd all rather be 

Fair to say from where we'd all rather be 

Pipe doing its thing. Tomorrow the swell jumps 4x in size. Ok, big boy pants on

Pipe doing its thing. Tomorrow the swell jumps 4x in size. Ok, big boy pants on