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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 11-15 . 13/03/10 - 18/03/10 - Adios !!

22
Apr
2010

We were all awake by 4:00AM and were pretty excited to be leaving the islands. As promised, John sent a pickup truck which took us to the harbor. We could see a big ship, The Swaraj Deep, anchored there. After an hour or so, we were taken on a speed boat to the ship but it was a total circus trying to get up the gangplank to board the ship. We had bought first class cabin tickets and we were anxious to go and relax. After getting on board, we found our cabins and got settled in.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 10 - 12/03/10 - After a storm comes calm...

19
Apr
2010

This was the day we were waiting for. Just before we went sleep the night before we learned that again one of the engines had broken down. That had certainly given us something to worry about.This was the day we were waiting for. By now we had really lost our patience and energy to tolerate the intense heat, sand flea and mosquito bites, dehydration, and hunger. It wasn't just because of just 2-3 days camping – the whole journey to this far off island and especially to this part of the island had been tough for us. Just before we went sleep the night before we learned that again one of the engines had broken down. That had certainly given us something to worry about.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 9 - 11/3/10 - Jaws !!

17
Apr
2010

Waking up early in the morning, I was very surprised to discover how well I had slept that night.I may have woken up couple of times but given the conditions (the heat, bites, cramped conditions in the tent and hard ground) it wasn't too bad at all. Kunja and Kirtan got up early also and walked across the bay to see how the surf was on the other side.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 8 - 10/3/10 - We do not seek, we find !

16
Apr
2010

The next morning we were up and ready by 4.45AM waiting to be picked up by one of John's drivers…we ended up waiting until almost 6:00. When we arrived at the small harbor and were taken to the boat which was to take us to Indira Point, we were a bit shocked to see the boat which we were to sail in. It was simply an open boat with no shelter or cabin and was at least 10-15 years old. It was powered by two small generators. I was expecting to see a Yamaha or some other brand-name motor. It turns out that all the boats here run on these small generators because they are easy to maintain on an island where any local mechanic can fix them. A Yamaha engine would be useless here since there is no service center on the Island.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 7 - 9/3/10 - Beaten but not broken !

14
Apr
2010

Undaunted by our last attempt at surfing at Break Water, we were off again to try it out at 5:30AM. That morning there was low tide and as we approached the break, we were again totally bummed to see nothing happening. Here and there some swell was coming but nothing more than 2 ft. We waited for sometime to see if it would get any better but it was useless. We didn't even bother getting in the water and we left the place after 40 minutes. We now had to make some serious plans about how we would navigate the south part of the island.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 6 - 8/3/10 - Bureaucracy at it's best.

13
Apr
2010

Waking up early the next morning, we all had a craving to go and surf Break Water which we had found the day before. Kunja and Kirtan took their boards out for the first time and I prepared my camera gear for the shoot.It was little bit of a hassle to find a rickshaw at 6:00AM but after a short stroll we managed to find one and headed out to the break. When we arrived our enthusiasm was suddenly stopped dead in it's tracks by a guard at the gate who told us that we needed a permit to enter. The day before we came through the same gate when we had checked out the beaches – but today we needed a permit!!!, We returned to the guesthouse totally bummed out – it had been almost a week and we hadn't even entered the water yet…

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 5 - 7/3/10 - Beauty and the Beast.

13
Apr
2010

We slept so well that night that we woke up we feeling fresh and ready to go. A good nights sleep had escaped us for some time – whatever rest we had on the boat was always plagued by the heat and the muggy, claustrophobic stench of the cabin. Our plan was to start hunting for surf spots right from the word go and we started for a nearby beach close to where we stayed. We expected this beach to be pristine with white sand and crystal clear blue waters. But again, the beach had been wrecked by the monstrous tsunami that had left so many huge tree trunks lying everywhere. Wherever we looked, dead dry trees stood erect as silent reminders of that huge Tsunami. We continued to walk along the beach taking pictures, shooting videos and of course hoping to find surf breaks.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 4 - 6/3/10 - The first surfers to arrive...

11
Apr
2010

As promised, we reached the Nancowrie Islands around 5.30AM. We were hoping that the boat would not dock there for too long as it would delay our arrival at Campbell Bay. Luckily, we only docked for a couple of hours and our boat soon started for Campbell Bay. However, during the time that we spent at Nancowrie Islands we heard and were able to see the brutality of the Tsunami that had hit these part of the islands. The impact was such that it had had split the island into three parts. It had uprooted 80 foot tall trees, had wiped out the coral system and had caused untold distress to people and their properties. It left me thinking how this part of the world was so beautiful but simultaneously it was so vulnerable to all kinds of natural disasters.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 3 - 5/3/10 - We are still sailing !

11
Apr
2010

We were woken at 5AM by the suns rays pouring through the small cabin window. We immediately went on deck to shoot some video footage and take some photos. As we stepped out of our cabin we saw the ships first port of call – a group of islands called Car Nicobar. It looked like every other island in the Andaman with crystal clear water and plenty of thick vegetation.

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Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 2 - 4/3/10 - On board finally

10
Apr
2010
All geared to hunt waves.At 6.30am we were abruptly woken up when the phone rang. Kunja had just arrived in Port Blair (he was joining us a day later since there was a mix up in booking our tickets). The rest of the morning was a blur as we rushed around shopping, bolting down a modest breakfast and trying (without any luck) to activate the internet on our phones.Read more ...

Surfing the Unknown [An India Surf Travelogue] Day 1 - 3/3/10 - Heading out (on mission)

09
Apr
2010

Our day started at 7 AM when myself and Kirtan took a small ATR plane from Bangalore to Chennai. We had already journeyed from Mysore to Bangalore the night before and hadn't slept much, but we were too excited to notice. We were all in good spirits since things were going according to plan, the adventure was about to begin… 5600 kilometers, 15 days, 2 surfers, 1 photographer, 110 kilos of gear, and high expectations — destination, Great Nicobar Island north of Sumatra.

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Our Surf Trip !!

02
Mar
2010

Oh finally !! that's what I said, when I woke up this morning, because today we are leaving on our month long surf adventure trip to some far off islands, which is geographically more Indo than India.We have been looking into these islands for more than a year now, and every time we researched these islands, we came to understand it's potential for being the undiscovered, unsurfed remote islands on the planet, waiting for us to go and unveil it to the surfing world.

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