Photos: Desert’s barrels with the local boys

Photos: Desert’s barrels with the local boys

For many of the all-season Desert riders it was agreed to be the best swell of the 2012 season until now: perfect direction, tides and winds. But it’s never quite so simple is it?

Photos: Padang when it’s really ON

Photos: Padang when it’s really ON

Yes, the surroundings are spectacular, there were plenty of hot girls in attendance and everyone was there having a good time, but we’d rather show you the best waves of the day

Sumatra’s Gold: Treasure Island

Sumatra’s Gold: Treasure Island

Dappled along the Northern coastline of the wilds of Sumatra lie a variety of different islands, many of which are well known for their waves already. Those further afield have the benefit of drastically reduced surf traffic while the waves continue to roll in.

Photos: Canggu vs Pererenan

Photos: Canggu vs Pererenan

Canggu and Pererenan are neighboring waves, divided by a few hundred meters and a river. Both waves are highly sought after by those who want high performance surfing.

IndoSurfLife.com put together some photos, taken in the last few days, to offer you a privileged view of these 2 great spots.

Photos: Padang Cup – Super Expression Session

Photos: Padang Cup – Super Expression Session

Last Thursday the IndoSurfLife.com forecast pointed to a South swell due to arrive on the Balinese Coast. While the conditions did not appear to be the best for Padang, the Rip Curl Cup organization, unwilling to miss even a chance of an epic day at Padang, made the call and at 6:00 am we were there to check what was happening.

Photos: Getting Tubed at Telescopes

Photos: Getting Tubed at Telescopes

When the swell disappears off the map, and the waves are far and few in between, the boats in the Ments head to Telescopes; Another splendid wave in the land of lefts. Named after the view down the barrel it is admittedly rather a perfect wave. When everywhere else was too small we joined the throng of boats for 3-4 ft fun gorged ourselves on barrels.

Photos: Mentawais treasure – Barrels at Lance’s

Photos: Mentawais treasure – Barrels at Lance’s

Lance’s Treasure Trove. Lance’s Left is an oldie but goodie. Traipsing about the Mentawai islands recently, my comrades in arms and myself found ourselves returning to the wave again and again.

The world’s notorious surf gangs

The world’s notorious surf gangs

As the summer season has kicked in, RALPH.com.au’s Larkin Harrison takes off his leggie to find out more about the planet’s most notorious surf gangs.