Watch: The O'Riginals // G'Land Tsunami

Rob Bain
Swellnet Dispatch

2019 marked the 25th anniversary since the 1994 tsunami in East Java and G'Land.

Earlier this year, survivors from the camp were invited back to a special ceremony organised by Bobby Radiasa and the Grajagan locals to honour the event and to respect those who lost their lives.

It was a very powerful moment for all that attended.

When the tsunami happened all those years ago, my only thought was to get the fuck out from being trapped underwater and to see my family again.

To be able to go back this year and share this experience with survivors, and my son, riding barrels together was powerful.

I hope you enjoy this small clip we made on our journey back there, and I wish you all many good surfs and adventures on your road ahead.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 at 9:04pm

Awesome.

But too short.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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tango commented Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 at 11:33pm

+1

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Lottolonglong commented Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 at 10:38pm

My ass puckered in 04 when I was there!! 45 second earthquake will do that to ya, 6 months later the boxing day tsunami hit Sumatra!

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nicko74 commented Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 at 11:06pm

Great clip SN! Up the GMOAT!

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bobh commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 12:50am

Rob very articulate and still ripping.

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simba commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 8:10am

Great message

simba

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bipola commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 8:11am

wow

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blower commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 8:41am

Was there with a mate the fortnight leading up to the tsunami in '94. We had a run of great waves and as the boys headed in we were on the way back to Kuta. Changeover day.... lucky I guess, for us. Anyway, the coconut wireless took a few days (no mobiles) and we heard the next night while on the piss what had transpired. Heavy times wondering what had gone down.
Out to the Airport the next day for our flight home and here come the boys getting transported home. As bad as it looked, they were alive. Unlike a few hundred locals down in the bay area. It was a very sombre flight home with Dog shedding some light on it all but certainly through a survivalists view, he really was lucky to be alive.
I had never seen a bunch of blokes so chopped up, but most telling was their demeanor as to how they had been real close. It was a real wake up call for all of us as to what can happen on those incredibly fun O/S trips.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 8:45am

No guernsey for Herro?

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warddy commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 8:48am

Great story ..
Have been there once about 10 years ago and can remember contemplating what must have happened that night ..
Tsunamis are amazing and scary things..
The jungle recovered well ...,

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Kham commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 9:05am

Epic clip. Bainy always a legend and proving once a tube mystro, always a tube mystro. Someone give his son a sponsor, ripping. Humbling message, cheers.

Kham

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crg commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 9:36am

My first trips there I always stayed in the dodgy cheap tents at Jungle camp. I always figured the cheaper it was the longer I could stay. It was the noises in the jungle that you used to worry about and then after the tsunami the sound of the waves was always in the back of your mind too.
Like Blower above, I'd left about a week before and was home when I heard about. Strangely, with the Kuta bombings I'd also just left and arrived home to the news as well.
Timing in life is everything they say.
Gotta say Bainy is still ripping and sounds like a legend of a bloke.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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SurferSam commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 10:16am

I miss the 90s
Need time travel machine
Too much bs these days

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 11:59am

Wasn't Richie Lovett on that trip too? Could be mistaken.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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maxe commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 12:31pm

Yes Richie was there.......... Rob Bain, Simon Law, Dog Marsh, Shane Herring and Richie Lovett along with Photographer, Peter Boskovic, filmer, Monty Webber and actor John Philbin. https://www.tracksmag.com.au/video/watch-tsuanmi-brothers-534414

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spookypt commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 2:20pm

Argh Johnny "turtle" Phillbin.... Classic!

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surfstarved commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 2:23pm

Yeah Bainy - UTFS & UTG!

My favourite surfer when I was a grom and still setting the standard, in and out of the water.

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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Rick Snowden commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 4:02pm

Top clip. Lightened a heavy story.
O'Neill is doing well with this ongoing series. Well balanced energy and production is sharp.

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Troppo commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 9:32pm

Great clip.
All power to you Bainey!!

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Bnkref commented Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 at 9:41pm

Excellent clip. Well done to O’Neill on this series.

I think Nugget Purcell was there when the tsunami hit too.

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Fraser G commented Thursday, 28 Nov 2019 at 6:31pm

Meet John at G-land in 2016 funny guy one cool cat

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pancakecollaroy commented Sunday, 1 Dec 2019 at 7:30pm

Did a boat trip in 86 on Moana Manu with Captain Dem at the helm. Went ashore one day to swap fish for fruit. Recall most of Bobby's camp was tree house material with a few tigers still likely to wander through at night. I guess the elevation helped a bit in 94 Tsunami ? Red Herring where are you ?

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Spuddups commented Monday, 2 Dec 2019 at 4:48am

Just checked my diary. June 3 1994 I was at Lakeys. Solid 6ft swell that day. I didn't find out about the tsunami till I got back home.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019 at 3:22pm

A bit of genuine feeling shouldn’t be so hard to come by in our little surfing world. These fellas earned it the hard way. Thanks for the clip.

Bainy ripping as always. He was friendly to myself and some mates when we were groms and it went a long way.

Would have been an utterly terrifying experience to be involved in a tsunami.