BEN DRUM­MOND

New Zealand Surfing - - Rising / Grom -

"Con­stant back to back swells bat­ter the rugged coast­line of Mar­garet River, where I cur­rently re­side. If the swell has a hint of South in it, it’s guar­an­teed to fun­nel its way up the West Aus­tralian coast­line to In­done­sia. With freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and hor­i­zon­tal rain the al­lure of a quick flight to warm wa­ter and per­fect waves is hard to look past. My In­done­sian con­nec­tion stemmed through my old man and his at­tach­ment with Bin­gin and its peo­ple. My brother and I were for­tu­nate enough to be in­tro­duced to In­done­sia in the late 90`s. Dozens of trips later the fuzzy feel­ing still ex­ists ev­ery time I board a plane. Ear­lier this year I was blessed to stay at fel­low Wainui boy Christie Carters Wavepark in the Mentawai’s. Christy has qui­etly spent the past 20 years cre­at­ing ab­so­lute per­fec­tion. Words can’t de­scribe the de­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity that gets pro­vided by Christie and his part­ner Alice on the is­land. I spent days drag­ging my jaw along the white sandy beaches in amaze­ment. The de­sire to move back home to New Zealand and surf pump­ing Wainui with child­hood friends is my goal. How­ever, the one thing hold­ing me back is the abil­ity to jump on a 3.5-hour flight from Perth to the mag­i­cal land of In­done­sia."

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