Indonesia. Always a sought-after destination for good waves and good times. Cliche? Of course. But who cares. It’s on the list of favorite surf destinations for many, and for good reason. The place delivers! So we decided to take a bunch of dudes from the Volcom Surf Team to venture around the Mentawais to rip some waves, get tubbed, have some beers, share (and create) stories, and, to be honest, we wanted to get some photos of them in our new boardshorts. Luckily for us, we scored a ton of epic footage so we decided to make this video. Check it out above, and learn more about the trip below!
PEEP SURFING MAGAZINE’S FEATURE FOR AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE TRIP AND STORY BY PHOTOGRAPHER TOM CAREY:
PHOTOS BY TOM CAREY
“After 15 years of sketchy boat trips and Indonesian white-knuckle adventures, we finally had a swell forecast that was too good to be true. Usually you line these trips up months in advance, juggling surfers’ contest schedules, and all sorts of other bullshit, and end up getting what you get. Which isn’t always good. So, to luck into a forecast like ours takes more than a decade of trying. Literally. I would know.” -Tom
Burch floating on his sled
“Gotta support the team.” Mitch and Ozzie fully support Yago’s decision to burn them.
Sharing is caring. Pat and Ozzie prefer frontside tubes.
“Waves aren’t usually the problem on boat trips. It’s the people on them and how they mesh together… Luckily for us we had the biggest animals ever on our boat… As long as the vibe stays at optimum levels, a little flat spell or some rough seas can’t spoil your fun.” -Tom
“Charly was the lone Frenchman of the trip… I think he was psyched to hang out with some of the older crew like Ozzie and Mitch.” -Tom
“If you’re on a boat and you see an ink stamp that says “too fast for Satan,” “aliens were here,” “don’t be frightened you’re enlightened,” “shoot rainbows into fascism,” or “may peace be in your eyes,” it was stamped there by me.” -Ozzie
Mitch rockin’ a pair of his new favorite boardies, the Polka Stoneys
“Burch is also real… He speaks his mind and has this laugh that is so contagious. It sounds like Lewis Skolnik from Revenge of the Nerds.” -Tom
Pat Schmidt. “I love the way guys from Jersey surf. There’s a different approach to their power surfing that is unparalleled.” -Tom
“Ozzie is like the king’s jester on these trips – he’s always making sure everyone’s having the best time.” -Tom
“Yago is the water baby. You have to drag him out by the hair. But his surf psyche also rubs off on everyone.” -Tom
“The best thing to do [on boat trips] is bring Ozzie Wright. He basically turned his room into an art studio. We watched him paint and he played his ukulele and kazoo the whole trip. He had everyone in stitches.” -Mitch
“I think Mitch put back the most beers, making his Aussie brethren proud. I got tackled four times by him breaking a chair each time. The security cameras on the boat are holding some gold.” -Tom
“Good Time Charly”
“Pat Schmidt was one of the groms of the trip. He was so psyched to be out there. That’s the type of person you need on a trip. Someone that is just happy to be drinking beers, lighting fireworks and listening to some tunes.” -Tom
“He [Ozzie] has been going out to the Ments for longer than any surfer. His experience ends up rubbing off on everyone else. Arts and crafts time usually gets extended a few hours when he’s around.” -Tom
Yago loves to skate. He grew up in Brazil with Volcom Skate Team rider Pedro Barros, and if you watch their techniques and approaches, their styles are heavily influenced by each other’s sport. Watch an extended piece on Yago and Pedro’s love for both surfing and skating HERE.
Burch on a self-made surf craft
“This was a last minute trip for me, I only knew about it 48 hours before I left. This was also my first time going on a boat for that long, and I wasn’t prepared at all. Luckily, the boys had all sorts of things to occupy our time.” -Charly
“Mitch will be out there when he sees his perfect window and he goes for broke. He doesn’t hold back. I think that’s why we all love the ‘Spawn.'” -Tom
New Jersey’s Pat Schmidt trying to soak up some sun before heading back to the dreary winter season on the East Coast.
Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie
“He [Yago] is the one pushing the boundaries on every trip, making old vets paddle back to the boat with their tails between their legs.” -Tom
“Burch. Burch. Burch. Man, I haven’t seen surfing like his in my 15 years of shooting. Just when you think he’s some cruiser on an old twin fin he’ll bust out his asymmetrical board and go fucking ballistic.” -Tom
“We Ubered. We surfed. We drank. We pissed some people off. But whatever we did, we did it right. Life’s short. Party on.” -Tom