Per­fect Day

Surfer - - Contents -

Joy Sticks, In­done­sia

“Usu­ally there are three to four boats and a froth­ing crew of surfers here, but on this day we had it all to our­selves,” says Trevor Mur­phy, who shot this unadul­ter­ated aerial view of Joy Sticks in North Su­ma­tra while work­ing as a res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher on a surf char­ter boat. “It was a south­west swell with light off­shore winds, which made for epic 4- to 6-foot bar­rel­ing per­fec­tion. Some­times the surf boats in the area are on the same sched­ules and they all go back to port at the same time, leav­ing one lucky boat to score empty waves. Be­ing away from home for long pe­ri­ods while work­ing on a surf char­ter boat is a lit­tle tax­ing some­times, but, then again, get­ting the chance to see the world and surf some of the best waves on the planet after work cer­tainly doesn’t hurt.”


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