Watch: The O'Riginals // Travis Potter
Surfing has many famous explorers, too many to name here, and even if you narrowed the country down to just one, Indonesia, then you've still got a healthy list, including Mike Boyum, Peter Troy, Kevin Lovett, Chris Goodnow, Lance Knight, and Martin Daly, all who became famous, or notorious, in the surfing world owing to their discoveries and the hordes of people who followed them.
When I started spending time in Indonesia other names would crop up in conversations, the next generation of explorers: Reevso, Hutch, Bucket, spoken of in reverential ways, like old Vicco surfers once spoke of Wayne Lynch, shadowy but sharp, they kept their locations on the down low.
Sometime around the end of the nineties the names Travis Potter and Timmy Turner began cropping up. From Southern California, the two surfers, plus a small band who circled them, focussed on a particular region of the archipelago and, in a new development, took their own cameras in to document their trips off the grid. As is said in the following vid, first to film for their own sake and later to edit into films. Through those videos their names were added to the list of Indo adventurers.
The illness that befell Timmy Turner is well known, permanently impaired by a staph infection on the brain, and Travis has also been struck down by the scourge of the tropical Third World - malaria - yet twenty-something years after his first Indo trip he's still fixing for the next mission into the frontiers.
This clip is the latest by O'Neill in their ongoing series, The O'Riginals.