Watch: The O'Riginals // Travis Potter

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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.

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Rick Snowden commented Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020 at 9:02am

Best yet from this series.

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Ash commented Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020 at 11:58am

I've only seen 2nd thoughts and it's a favorite, it's hard to work out which is the scarier wave, left or right. The right is hard to not keep watching, the name is accurate.

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Max Wax commented Friday, 10 Jan 2020 at 9:22pm

Such a mesmerising setup, just watched the movie and far out did they score!

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Nickc commented Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020 at 12:36pm

Whoa

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020 at 10:23pm

Definition of hard core. Taking your own livestock into the jungle with you so you can eat it later is next fucking level!!!

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Clam commented Friday, 17 Jan 2020 at 10:08am

Bad idea to attract large cats or whatever might want a feed.
At least Timmy and friends learned to eat real food rather than chocolates and junk food that they took on the earlier trips.

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warddy commented Thursday, 9 Jan 2020 at 4:58pm

great video theres still crew out there doing underground charging. hats off to them..
jumping into a cesspool to have a bath ....
huuuuge mistake poor fella

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mickseq commented Thursday, 9 Jan 2020 at 5:19pm

Just watched second thoughts, that was really something

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Ash commented Thursday, 9 Jan 2020 at 6:16pm

Tropical induced insanity jumping into the cesspool. next stop cerebral malaria, that's hard core surf obsession