Watch: Wade Goodall and Alex Gray in Micronesia

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Though we hear little about it anymore, Palikir Pass has had a season for the ages. Since late November the western Pacific has been fizzing with swell, a storm has blown through Pohnpei's swell window every week or so.

If you follow Allois Malfatani, owner of Pohnpei Surf Club, you'll notice his befuddlement as he films perfect P'Pass, then pans to the daily international flight descending to land a few kms up the reef at Kolonia, noting that the plane has no surfers on it. "No-one is coming," deadpans Allois.

Not that the few who are already in the lineup are upset by the lack of incoming surfers.

During one of Allois' updates he mentioned a great session where Wade Goodall was the only surfer in the water all day. The following clip from Channel Island Surfboards is from the same trip. Filmed in Super 8, which never deserves the superlative, call me a philistine, whatever, it was made by experimental filmmaker Tin Ojeda.

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Island Bay commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 4:42pm

Would love to go, but always thought it'd be a mission from NZ.

Who's been, and how good is it?

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scottishsponger commented Sunday, 17 Feb 2019 at 7:59am

I went late 2017 and it was probably the best trip I’ve ever done. It’s very expensive but worth it. Excellent wave, easy to surf, unspoiled, friendly, clean and safe country. Booked in again for late 2018, but Air Niugini crashed into the lagoon on Chuuk on the way to Pohnpei and lost a plane. That screwed up their schedules for a while as they had to put a smaller plane on that route and banned surfers from taking more than one board (considering I saw at least 10 snapped boards at P-pass the previous year I decided against a one board quiver and took them up on their offer to cancel the trip). Went to PNG instead.
I regret that decision every time I open Swellnet......

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stunet commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 5:00pm

Been twice. It's unreal and Allois is a champ.

You can fly via Air Niugini now. Check the routes from EnZed.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 5:32pm

whatever happened to the young lady that won the trip there?

has she been? did she get waves?

(apologies for low-brow comment on another thread)

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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stunet commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 5:33pm

She's probably there about now, Zen.

I'll check, but from memory she was booked for late this season.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 5:45pm

hope she scores.

a report and pics would be nice.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Nick Bone commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 6:02pm

Just a real quick search on olde Google has return flights from Melbourne for $4k? :(

I am the bone

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scroty commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:12pm

Yeah - around the world 2 or 3 times or one trip to P-Pass?

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stunet commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:19pm

...or about $1,200 (ex taxes) if you do a proper search.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:49pm

Do please tell more, good Sir!

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:25pm

First class all the way to P-Pass for Mr Bone!

I’ll go ya halves in a ticket

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gazzee commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 8:02pm

that fucking noise could send you mental....

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syril500 commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 8:41pm
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stunet commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 2:57pm

And I wouldn't even say that's the best photo from his trip. He got some fair bombs captures on film.

What a trip!

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Horas commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:24am

Classic.

Horas

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Finntim commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 2:53pm

Is that jay davies @ 3:08? Would liked to have seen the BFG on a few, he rips. The waves look pretty accessible the travelling punter too.

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Kham commented Saturday, 16 Feb 2019 at 8:51am

Yes, I thought I saw Jay Davies in the channel at the end of Alex Gray's first wave. Would love to see some footage of that tube pig out there. I met him a few years ago at Sumbawa, really nice guy.

Kham

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 5:33pm

Just got around to watching the clip, and fuck me that was possibly the worst thing I’ve seen. I’m trying not to say nasty things this year but I’ve had two coopers and the truth is flowing! That was terrible and I reckon wade and Alex would be a bit embarrassed about it. The waves were good, but slow mo and shit music and “arty” filming made it a stinker

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The MIDdleman. commented Saturday, 16 Feb 2019 at 9:32am

I'm 2 bifters in and I liked it., )

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memlasurf commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 5:45pm

Yeah with you goofy and that guy on geetar needs to learn a few chords.

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mr mick commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 8:21pm

And this is it ! This is really IT!..... yeah IT is the stop button...fuck me surely could do better than THAT!

Mr mick

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sfshralp commented Saturday, 16 Feb 2019 at 4:37pm

Alex and Wade must be WokeAF.

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eddie-p commented Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019 at 9:17pm

The dog just chundered on the floor. Had no idea he was watching.