INDO' RAPTURE

THINGS WOULD NEVER BE QUITE THE SAME AGAIN

Tracks - - The Jungle Book - BY LUKE KENNEDY

At some point we all fell un­der Indo's spell. It might have been a mag­a­zine im­age that served as a por­tal to the new world, a sec­tion of hyp­notic footage that was watched on loop, or even the wide-eyed ram­blings of an Indo jour­ney­man, told to you be­tween sets at your lo­cal beachie. What­ever the cat­a­lyst may have been you knew at that point you had to go and ex­pe­ri­ence the archipelago for your­self – to dis­cover if those sto­ries were true and if the per­fec­tion that se­duced you from the pages of mag­a­zines or the screen were real or just an il­lu­sion. The fol­low­ing fea­ture is a cel­e­bra­tion of some of those his­tor­i­cal episodes in In­done­sian surf­ing that placed us in a state of rapture. No doubt you will have your own opin­ions on what we may have omit­ted, but this is not in­tended to be a de­fin­i­tive list of clas­sic Indo mo­ments and dis­cov­er­ies – in­stead think of it as a provoca­tive tease that re­minds you that the archipelago re­mains a place of mys­tique, won­der and in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties that will make you fall in love again, again, again and again.

INDO - WHERE THE RE­AL­ITY IS OF­TEN BET­TER THAN THE FAN­TASY. 068 PHOTO: BEN BUGDEN

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