Early Season Update
everyone, and welcome to the first Sumatran Surfariis
newsletter for 2011. First, as usual, apologies to anyone
who gets this email more than once or to anyone who feels
they got this email in error. We try to keep good tabs
on who has traveled with us in the past or who has contacted
us about potential trips, but we realize that some of
you have more than one email address or that you're no
longer interested in trips with us. So, if we're bugging
the crap out of you, just let us know and we'll take you
off the list. ;-)
that out of the way, we want to say we're very excited
to have our 13th season
underway, and we're already off to a tremendous start.
Sumatran Surfariis is one of the few companies that runs
trips year round, and as the photos in this email from
from Scuzz's current trip show, it's for good reason.
The common misconception is that this time of year is
really flat, but what we see more often is really clean,
long-interval, mid-sized swell with epic weather. The
reason is because this is Summer in the southern hemisphere
and the lows get pushed futher south by the warmer weather.
And the highs, meaning the lows, that produce these swells
are further away. Hence the swells travel further, they
even out more and are longer interval, and arrive beautiful
and clean. Of course, these highs sometimes block or deflect
the swells a bit, but we have more than our fair share
of swell magnet secrets to keep everyone happy and surfing
is reporting from his current trip that basically no one
is around except the odd solo feral traveler or two, with
dead calm winds, and amazing glassy water with unbelieveably
good clarity. The boys must be using this visibility to
spot the fish, because he also reported that the boys
landed a 30kg (66lbs) Spanish Mackerel, which is a record
for that type of fish on our boats. For the first 5 days
of this trip they have surfed only "magazine waves"
such as Maccas and HTs, by themselves, and now they are
off to Burgers as the swell is forecasted to drop off
a bit. Anyone who has surfed Burgers will tell you the
smaller the swell, the better is usually is.
really excited this year because we're bringing in the
first new boat to our fleet in a long time, Mikumba 2.
Mikumba 2 is a noticable step up from the rest of our
fleet in terms of size, amenities, and quality. For those
of you who have been on Mikumba 1, it's similar in that
it's a traditional Pinissi style sailboat, but it it also
has 4 private double cabins and even more space throughout.
This year, most of our old regulars are getting a bit
of a treat as we take them out on Mikumba 2 as a bit of
a test run for the same prices as Southern Cross. Next
year, the pricing will reflect more of the luxury of Mikumba
2, so if you want to get a chance to experience it at
a cheap price there are still a couple late season opportunities.
we're still in the early season, and speaking of opportunities
there are still a couple gaps in our schedule
for late February and into March. So, if you want to get
out there and experience pristine Mentawais with a fraction
of the crowds, there's still a chance if you act fast!
hope this email finds everyone happy and healthy, and
we hope you can join us for some clean tropical barrels
Dannny "Slayer" Siudara