Sunday, August 13, 2017

Use it, or lose it

It is much like the famous Slim Shady once dropped:

"Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip?
Yo"



Good wisdom this proves to be. I find the statement to be super universal as it can be applied to most situations, whenever you are faced with exciting and confusing choices. 


Opportunities come forth when you least expect them, and often the choice you make will echo through your life creating a ripple effect behind it. 



Failing to plan, or planning to fail. Call it what you wish the message behind the statement is that if you stall on your decision, you are effectively choosing the option which most rejects the opportunity presented.



Life goes a basis of connections and if your connections are making offers, you should think twice and think fast before sealing the deal and making your choice. Not all choices are reversible.



But hey life is all a process of discovery and whether your choice is the "best" for you, or not, it is all part of the journey. As long as you are learning from each experience, the good and the bad, then you are styling and if you are styling you will be smiling. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Power of Priority

A wise man once said ~ 

"You gotta do what you gotta do"

~ And what a wise statement this is.

Makes good sense hey? Ultimately we all prioritize things differently. This gives us each a unique outlook on every opportunity presented in life. 


Home away from home - headquarters 2017
 I am writing out of the living room of my base in Zanzibar, actually I am sitting behind the window to the left of that big bush in the photo above. It is my 3rd month here at the moment and I am feeling settled. The island has taken from me but given so much. It has been like a dream enjoying daily kite sessions in this tropical climate in the clearest lagoon water. Dreams aside, I have been doing my daily surf and occasional kite lessons to ensure the bucket is full at the end of the month. Oh yeah and the surf isn't too shabby out here!


Kyle Bell AKA Mike Boyum AKA Rice king 
During the time I have spent here I have once again been privileged to meet and share views with people from completely different walks in life ranging from the most far out tourists, to the more hippie backpacker type, to the local cafe owners and Swahili beach boys. One thing which has struck me is how different everyone perceives situations, in our world, where all actions are judged relative to very biased opinions. We are all guilty of this, but the trick is to stop caring what others think.

Mangroovy

Gorgeous

Kuza Cave freshwater therapy

There is no need to be concerned about the judgements of others. 

This is YOUR journey.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Eagle has left the nest

So it has been just about one year since my last post. Not surprising that this spurt of inspiration has too come as a result of a new adventure on my journey. As of May 23 I have been in the small Swahili village of Paje on the East coast of Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar City from the air

I have come here to work for Aquaholics, a kite and surf centre based here offering guided lessons and surf trips. It has been a smooth transition from my South African schedule to the relaxed island life that takes place right here. The conditions so far have been great making for some killer kiting and some really fun surf!

The view some days
 I have arrived just in time for the start of the Winter high season so between now and October, this will be my place of home. The tourists are already filling in and it seems like it is going to be getting rather hectic by the months end. Lets see what the fuss is about!


Whatever floats your boat

In terms of cultural differences, the island is just about exclusively Muslim so at the moment with Ramadan on the go things are relatively slow which has made the settling period a little trickier in terms of local feed but nice and slow paced in terms of social activities which I do not object to. Furthermore, the locals seem to be legends and have met some very friendly characters so far.


Sunset over Paje Village
With quite a lot of newly gained free time I have been taking time to use the camera a little more than I have been and the results of this creative act have got me back in blog mode. Lets see how consistent it can stay this time?

Full moon, mid-tide, Ngalawa boat
Much wisdom coming so stay tuned :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

From Krui with Love // PART 1


Krui has occupied space in my mind for the last 5 years after first hearing about it from a friend. Coming from a bodyboard riding history, this place really caught my attention with its abundance of shallow ledges and perfect beach breaks. This wave rich coast of South Sumatra has been my base for the last 4 weeks.


Moments of glory

After Bali, William and I had not scheduled our next stop. We had a few neighbouring islands in mind, each with their own pros and cons, but it was with news of my homeboys JJ and Chandre choosing to visit Krui that my mind was sold. After travelling for 2 months at this point the prospect having some familiar souls around seemed like a worthy treat. It is really unique to be able to enjoy the spoils of a distant land with friends from home. Especially a place like this which has been a childhood dream for all of us and a topic of major desire on all of the coastal drives in search of waves back home.

"Happiness real only when shared" - C.J McCandless

Mr Bodenstein AKA King Pharaoh AKA Koning/Brother/Rasta in command

Krui is not nearly the isolated surf town I had in mind. The town is quite developed and highly populated. Unfortunately in Indonesia, population and pollution go hand in hand and that takes quite bit of the perfection away from this tropical paradise. 

There are many surf camps along this wave rich coast and as a result the popular spots are often crowded. Keywords in that phrase being "popular spots" as there are many spots along the coast here that are unsurfed and on absolute offer for those that dare.

I have been blessed with some great surfs on this leg of the journey, and the surf has been consistent, but perfect it is not. Moments of perfection, sure, I have seen some of the best waves this journey in my visit to Krui. The beauty of this coastline is not the pure perfection one might expect of a destination in Indonesia but rather the consistency and the variety of spots to suit the ever changing conditions that come along with the tropics.

Postcard perfection or tropical wasteland?

As of September 13, I have been trotting this neck of the woods as the dodo does AKA on my ace. My travelling partner Will left back to South Africa and my good friends Chandre and JJ went to sea in search of bluer barrels and greener pastures. 



It has been an interesting last 2 weeks to say the least. Travelling has always been a serious interest of mine, having travelled up and down the coasts almost as a ritual on the regular. Travelling alone is something I always dreamed of, to the extent that I put it up on a pedestal where it seemed flawless. This is untrue and something I am still in the process of learning. Like all situations there are definite pros and cons. What I understand to be the pro of this approach to travel would be the absolute flexibility of the schedule, own pace and own space! Unfortunately the cons to this schedule are the moments where just feel lonely and out of place. Having a travel partner definitely helps in situations where you just need something to relate to. Having someone around to rejoice with when you are absolutely stoked or just got the wave of the day is also an added bonus.

Definitely out of place here

Alienated

That being said, I am a firm believer that growth is only achievable when you leave your comfort zone and it is safe to say that this first solo stint has been out of my comfort zone. I have already and am continuously learning heaps about myself and this all translates into positive progression of the being.

Captain Kyle over and out




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bali as I understand things



Hanging super loose among the Bingin crowd batch as captured by Mr Connor Hughes

Bali is the most populated and westernised region that I have seen in Indonesia on my galavants. Ofcourse this is the place visited by most surfers, for a variety of reasons but undoubtedly the biggest of these being the buzzing social aspect. This is where the honeys hang and where the comforts of a western lifestyle will be found. 

Unfortunately it is not all as sweet as expected. Expect serious crowding both on land and in the ocean, LOTS of pollution because this nation is unfortunately very poor and corrupt and their last concern seems to be environmental issues.  

Di turtle mon in Gili Trawangan

Bali was the second stop of the trip. It was Williams second trip to Bali and for me the first. Expectations had been building due to the isolation at the last leg of our journey and the unfortunate flat spell three days before leaving.  Arriving in Bali was exciting and the prospect of meal options and internet connection had the boys frothing. Straight out of the airport we were greated with our first hustle who insisted on charging us atleast twice what we knew to pay for our first taxi ride. Luckily, being South Africans we have a stubborn nature and got somewhat of a deal considering the circumstances. This was the start of a two week relaxation period and a change of scenery before heading off for more waves.

Binging sunset vibe as captured by Bruno Furtado
The surf schedule tuned down considerably when arriving in Bali. First stop was Canggu, a vibing coastal establishment that is pretty hip and home to some of the hiphop & happening instagram beaming coolcat hangouts. Canggu has a long beach scattered with rocks outcrops that shape the sand banks to form a pretty consistent sandbank. The waves are crowded though, all day, with a mixture of kooks and pros and a whole lot in between. I surfed here only 3 times in the week we visited. 



In the second week of Bali we made our way to the Bukit Peninsula to see some of the more famous breaks Bali has to offer. This place is beautiful. Sheer cliffs drop off into the ocean which is perfectly angled to accommodate a great selection of left handed breaks. One catch, it requires some kick in the swell and there are at least another 200 surfers located on the cliff face who are just as impatient as you. Surfing here was interesting. Every surf I had there was confrontation in the water. This place is intense and pretty dangerous, on a few occasions I had boards thrown out behind a duckdive but fortunately no casualties. That being said, I got barrelled every day and it was amazing to be surfing at a spot I have seen in photographs all of my childhood. All in all, I really enjoyed the Bukit.


Impossibles

It was great to reconnect with friends in Bali, and the food is great. If you have a big budget there is alot to spend money on in Bali! Great bars with good nightlife, surf shops with all of the major brands, overpriced beers, you name it they got it. Unfortunately in the scope of a 3 month journey it seemed silly to be spending such a ration of the budget on social life when the real reason we came to this neck of the woods (Indo in general) was to ride major waves and as a result, on the 1st of September we packed up shop and made our way back to Ngurah Rai domestic departures to seek greener pastures and blue tubes.

New day new adventure