The lady loggers of Nias
The off-season swagger here is different. It is more of a gentle sway that slays the well-known testosterone scene. It is soothing to the eye, watching the girls making their way down to the reef while delicately balancing their longboards on their heads.
As I paddle out to the lineup, cheerful "hello" and "good mornings" fill the fresh morning air. The goodvibes fill the Point. It is simply a beautiful way to start the day.
The near empty lineup on Sunday mornings are perfect as the locals are at the various different churches. Unfortunately, social distancing due to COVID-19 does not exist on this tropical island. At least, there are no grommets and locals in the lineup. And it off-season! No bule boys and men with their over-inflated ego, too. Their egotistical peacock swagger shall be missed. Surely, this is pure bliss!
The Point is a machine churning wave after wave. Waves every single day. It is true! The size and power varies in the different part of the year. Even at the end of March, surfers can catch overhead barrels. October till May is perfect for surfing without the Peacock Parade and testosterone of the on season. Perfect for cruising on a longboard, cross-stepping and riding the nose.
All that, or just simply enjoy a beautiful long ride in the warm tropical water of Lagundri Bay without your wetsuits.
If it happens to be a big day and you are hugging your surfboard for dear life, just stay put or catch the waves from the shoulder. Or perhaps, practice getting smashed and living to tell the tale: “I surfed the big waves of Nias! Woohooo!”
Enjoy the waves passing above and watch the fluffy white effervescent sparkles from below and around you before freaking out a tiny bit to get some air and go under again. Oh! You are in the washing machine! Alright, you are semi-screwed now. It is surely an experience that you will not forget. But hey, more stories to tell your mates!
Or you could hang out on dry land and watch the surfers getting smashed or head down to Lagundri Bay Beach to catch some baby waves on the beach breaks.
If it is a small 2 to 4 ft day, get your longboard out! Well, unless you have a great paddle power for riding smaller waves with a shortboard. Longboards get more waves. Plus, there are lots of girls in the lineup during the off season to say hello to. Perhaps, you could be a gentleman and give them a hand with their longboards or give them a push to catch waves. Maybe even watch them from behind as they paddle for the waves, cross-step and ride the nose.
Enjoy the show!
// KITTY PETRESUOD