Missing in Bocas del Toro
We left the story with Mick in Mozambique enquiring about the surf in Ireland...
Ben Matson relayed information that Ireland would be flat - completely. Which it was, but the pull of the homeland was too strong and Mick went regardless. Ben's forecast was right: the boards stayed dry, but Mick's whistle got wet.
From Ireland Mick ran with the bulls in Pamplona, unaware how apt the cultural interlude would be for his next surfing mission. The Rip Curl team then positioned themselves in Hong Kong where they could strike either the Indian or Pacific Oceans for the their next mission on Mick's film, Missing.
Ben sent an email to Taylor Steele detailing an exceptional run of swell due to hit Indonesia. Taylor's reply was short: "Thanks Ben - we've already have some good waves there."
Turning down ten foot Indonesian perfection? The next move better be bloody good...
After a quiet word with Kelly Slater the name Bocas del Toro - Spanish for the mouth of the bull - was thrown about. Ben confirmed a short range east swell hitting the Panamanian province, Mick and the team hurried to intercept it. Said Taylor: "We are full speed to Bocas del Toro. Please look at the best days for us."
Fresh after escaping the horns of the bull, Mick ran straight into its mouth...and two days of great waves. Tom Curren and son Pat joined Mick in Central America.