THE MOTOR-SURFER

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Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.

Tuesday

Tsunami Wipes out Indo Surf Camps & Boats


Wow, so Indonesia really gets the sh*t end of the stick. Not only were they rocked (again) by a massive 7.7 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, a couple islands get completely wiped out by a tsunami AND a frickin volcano erupts! Since bacteria and disease is imminent from the damage caused by the tsunami/earthquake/volcano, plague and famine will soon follow and the Apocalypse will be upon us... starting in Indo of course.


The tsunami hit the wave rich Mentawai Islands off the coast of Sumatra. Home to some of the best waves in world, surf charter boats and surf camps are all over the place. There is still a boat with 10 Australian surfers and crew missing. 500 Indonesians are missing and the death toll is about 200. I heard through the wire that the surf camp/ resort at Macaronis is demolished and so are 2 other camps


An article from Stab Magazine details the events on a surf charter boat that was demolished by the Tsunami. www.Stabmag.com

Picture this: It's 10 pm and you're sitting on a charter boat in the middle of a bay in the Mentawais, peaceful and serene. There's 15 of you sitting on the back deck, playing music and relaxing. Suddenly, there's a brief tremor and the boat shakes, but it's gone as quickly as it came. For several minutes, everyone wonders what it was exactly. Everyone begins to relax again. Then, slowly, amongst noise of chirping birds from nearby land, you begin to make out an ominous rumble growing out of the silence. So you stick your head over the side to see what's up, and are faced with a three-metre high wall of foam, powering straight towards you through the bay.

Panic surges the boat. The boat anchored next to yours is picked up by the wave and slammed onto your boat, exploding and bursting into flames. Within seconds, there's a fireball on the back o' your boat, charging through the saloon.

Hard to imagine, huh? Well, this was the stark reality for Captain Rick Hallet and the rest of the crew aboard the Saranya yesterday.

"I ordered everyone up to the top deck to get as high as possible, then the boat exploded and we had to abandon ship," Hallett said.

"We threw whatever we could that floated - surfboards, fenders (the rubber savers on the side of the boat) – then we jumped into the water.

The wave swept the posse 200 metres in, where they took shelter in the high trees 'till they were sure no more nasty little surprises'd be coming along. They waited up in those trees for 90 minutes until rescue came in the form of another boat.

The 7.7-magnitude undersea quake hit Indonesia's Kepulauan Mentawai region at 9.42 pm, 240km west of Bengkulu on Sumatra and 280km south of Padang. Five hours later, a 6.1-magnitude aftershock shook the same area. – Elliot Struck

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