In semi lockdown I'm finally sorting through a lifetime of photos and inspired by what Craig and Andy recently posted I thought why not.
We travel a fair bit and there has to be some crackers in the vaults.
Good if we follow the Swellnet tradition of not naming or being too obvious.
Jamy, love that last place, the kids were racing each other down the beach, a good memory.
Chook, rode a Ducati 1200 multistrada.
Was a bit big on some of the switchbacks but had plenty of torque so would punch out of the corners easy.
Was riding for 15 days all through the alps and the lakes region north of Milan with three mates, great roads and you didn't need to be looking out for cops all the time like here. You could ride fast as you like as long as you aren't being a dickhead and slow down through the towns and villages.
Indo Dreaming, that was '88. June, July, August.
You parked your 125cc in Pecatu and hiked for 45min. Those two little warungs were the only infrastructure I saw on the coast between Uluwatu and Jimbaran.
I surfed Bingin with the same 4 guys most days. Never saw anyone else there. One day, I thought I'd try my luck up the coast and arrived at Canggu, only to find the same 4 guys out at the rivermouth, haha.
Ulus had 20-30 out. Padang well subscribed on good days (10-15). Didn't see a soul at Balangan.
What year was that roughly?
Was already much more built up than that when i first went there, but still pretty basic and a far cry from what it is now.
Id love to make a website or even start a facebook group or page to collect all these old Indo photos so they are collected in one place."
People. Turkey, Syria, Jordan.
Great photos MOS
Gives a perspective of normal life in some of these places which we normally only see through media in a mostly negative way.
For a different perspective on Pakistan, and if you like mountains and adventure, watch this. Highly recommended.
mugofsunshine, when were you in Syria? My partner, her daughters and myself were due to leave today to go there via Lebanon. Was on to a local agent to arrange everything... then obviously had to shelve all plans. Keen as to visit.
Great pics everyone, this is a ripper thread.
Due to go to Syria today?!
That’s not something you hear everyday
Hey Pat, we were there in 2009, just before it all kicked off. Loved it. Friendly, clean, amazing food and a hip cafe scene in Aleppo. Only time we had issues was on the coast at Latakia where we mistakenly drove into a military exercise at night. Lot's of young men with big guns screaming their heads off and simultaneously shitting their pants. That took some talking...
You heading there for family reasons?
Hawkesbury river, Sydney
Even managed to get a surf while I was there.
syria does sound beautiful, lot of roman, greek and other ancient ruins.
i recently read "the seven pillars of wisdom" by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). his descriptions of syria and allepo in particular were very evocative. it's one of the best books i've read. great for the lockdown.
mountian climbing...i went camping for a few nights in the blue mountains. my mate brought along his neighbour who had done a lot on mountaineering. as we are driving up, he tells us to pull into a servo so he can get food for the trip. we were stocked up with expensive dates, macadamias, assorted flat breads etc. he comes out with six boxes of yogurt dipped museuli bars. breakfast, lunch dinner...the same cold musueli bars. gave me an insight into mountaineering.
cmc...must have been amazing riding around that area of italy on a ducatti. and i bet you did have a bit of torque from a 1200cc ducatti. i'm a bmw rider, so never have much of a problem with police...just cruising.
Fun Beachie from last year (excuse the lopsided horizon, just taken with my phone, not edited)
Ski touring in Aosta Valley with Ms Island Bay.
Indo, what state is that? Looks phenomenal.
Island Bay - magnificent. Haven't done a lot of touring, but done enough to know how good it is getting away from resorts. Bloody magic stuff.
Down the road at a merry place - 2/9/87
Back yard wonder around '96
Well known point back in the 80's
WOTL, man that dude's about to get smoked! What a lineup.
And IB, oh man, everything that I love! How good is touring!
Top one Vicco Westof? Guy paddling over the 2nd wave about to cop a hiding.
Naa Bnkref, near Newy NSW. There's a sharp hint in the title though.....very well known :)
Ole' Mbay - the biggest hoax in newy!
Ahh yeah got it. Looked like it could have possibly been Bells or one of the other reefs further along the GOR. Ripper of a shot.
That Merry shot is the same session as in Gripping Stuff ?
Ski touring in Japan.
Not sure blowin
30ft NZ face
GuySmiley last photo love being in the basilica thinking about what went on in there back in the day. Reminded me last time we were there the young fella got caught short and had to take a leak just behind where you were standing. Thought we might be desecrating an ancient monument but then he probably wasn't the first.
Maybe should have been in the dream surf car topic - Peru 1990
Sloth from G Land ?
Nah, although I did meet him there late 80s ( Bondi guy? good surfer)
How do load the photos from imbb?
That looks like a cool mission Sloth, classic car (,... maybe vintage now ha).
Yep VJ special spot that one, that was about a quarter of a century ago, no kids for me back then, plenty of uncrowded waves though.
Chook... Lawrence country. Wadi Rum
Sloth, I spent 10 weeks in Peru in '91. Was a pretty crazy place back then with the crack down on the Sendero Luminoso happening.
indo those beachies are unbelievable.
french beachies - hossegor and capbreton, autumn 2015
To be honest, i didn't even surf it either.
Story is, it was onshore and small where we were, and wind seemed wrong for the beachie, but thought we would go for a walk along the coast (rocky reef) more just to see what was there as has never walked the coast.
We walked for about 2 hours or so along the coast then through some bush, not really knowing where we were going then suddenly through the trees we saw a perfect offshore A frame break. (completely surreal experience as had no idea where the coast really was)
We then walked down the beach and this is what was there, it was then another two hours walk back to our boards (or 1hr direct but hard slog through swamp), so not realistic to do the mission all again (it's a very inaccessible area of coast)
Next day conditions and wind was different.
To be honest some amazing waves out there, but also looked hard to surf couple guys out but they were always in the wrong spot and a lot of waves too fast or just too heavy, but off course you would still paddle out just hoping you could snag a magic one.
having a cold one with a view in Indo
Here you go Mickseq. That deserves to be highlighted.
I’d pay $20K to be in Indo staring at an empty lineup, post-shred with a cold Bintang in my hand right now.
I think I need a tissue. It’s OK, I’ve just got something in my eye.
cheers Blowin, couldn't work out how to insert the whole pic.
haha yes mate, all I ever think about now, already have my flights lined up from Xmas onwards next year, hopefully the doors open up again sooner,
What board did you take out Island Bay?
Took the camera for a swim tonight on a moody Friday evening after work.
Stoked with the results :)
3rd one down
phoning home .....
Lots of atmosphere Craig, excellent
Nice Craig. I loved that "Sealevel" series that Grambeau did. https://www.tedgrambeauphotography.com/ocean-art-photography-prints