The recent Namotu trip has awaken in me the desire of searching for new high quality waves out of my usual comfort zone (in terms of spots and size). In other words, it was awaken a healthy desire of adventure.
This morning at the shop I was having a chat with legendary shaper Tom Parrish (one of the original shapers of the Lightning Bolt brand). We were talking about a 6.4x19.25x2.625 by Erik Arakawa that had just been taken in consignment for the ridicolously low price of $200 (it was in really good shape).
"It's a great looking board", he said... "but it would definitely be too small for me!"
"Yeah, it might be too small for me too, but I feel like I can push my limits on the shortboard surfing..."
"How old are you, GP"?
"Yeah, you got a couple of years ahead to improve!"
We both laughed at what sounded like a joke... but that wasn't much of a joke, I'm afraid. The stoke can last forever, but bodies do get old.
Consequently, I immediately thought that I couldn't afford to waste a whole summer in Maui... "I need to go somewhere where I can improve my surfing", I found myself thinking...
At that exact moment, the Hi-Tech rental department manager entered the scene. I asked him about schedule and vacations.
Despite the fact that Russ is leaving soon too (he's going to do/organize the AWT), he nonetheless said: "from now till the beginning of July, you can leave for as long as you want. I'll work everyday if I need, not a problem".
Now, where else in the world can you find such a flexible work environment? I just really love that!
And here's what I just booked. Only the flights. No hotel, no resort, no cars, no nothing.
4 weeks traveling between the islands of Indonesia. I've never been there, I don't know too much about it, I'll follow the flow and see where it takes me.
The feeling of freedom I'm experiencing in this exact moment is pretty damn cool.
PS. BTW, that means that my tiny little studio in Kuau is going to be available for rent from June 2nd to June 29. And my car too. Email me if you're interested.
PPS. I did buy the Arakawa 6.4. But I think I'll take a 6.6 to Indo.