Reminder: You Can Fly Across The World To A Remote Jungle Island And You’ll Still Get Burned By Some Stifflegged Expat - Stab Mag

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Reminder: You Can Fly Across The World To A Remote Jungle Island And You’ll Still Get Burned By Some Stifflegged Expat

Ty Burgess gets more throaty tubes in three days than most people get in their life.

elsewhere // Jan 18, 2024
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

You may recall Ty Burgess as one of the few valiant souls to successfully wrangle the righthander which closes out into Newport’s famous Wedge — eponymously named ‘Cylinders’.

“50-75% of the waves are unmakeable, so when you get a good one it feels that much better,” he told us regarding the wave, which featured heavily in his previous edit. “I’ve had two concussions there that kept me out of the water for a week each. It’s just so close to the sand”

Due to a misplaced passport, his last edit we featured on site saw him stuck at home — making due with Southern California’s gravelly shorepound. 

Now however, with freshly minted travel documents and the wind in his sails, he’s put together an edit from a week staying at one of Indonesia’s premiere, difficult to access righthanders. 

“The trip from Bali was rough,” he said. “Three hours to Jakarta with an overnight layover, two hours to Medan, one hour to Gunung Sitoli, and then a 5 hour car ride to Nias. Was definitely the gnarliest mission I’ve ever made, and there was a lot of doubt on whether we were making the right call. They also left our board bags in Medan, so we didn’t have our boards the first day and it was looking so fun when we showed up.”

“Luckily, one of the raddest locals there named Paulinus Hulu hooked us up with his old boards to ride until ours showed up. He also ended up being the one who filmed pretty much every clip in the edit, the guy was a legend. Our boards arrived the next night just in time for the bigger swell we were expecting. We paddled out and it was a little crowded, but no one was biting on the sets except for a few locals because it was pretty heavy. It wasn’t mutant, crazy Nias, but it was definitely proper. It was a dream for me. I’ve never gotten that barreled in my life. That session made every shitty part of traveling so worth it. I didn’t go out with the expectation to make a full edit and I was stoked to be getting clips, but I had no idea I was going to come away with six minutes worth of footage. And I couldn’t have done it without the local photographers who absolutely killed it behind the lens and were so mellow. Big shoutout to those guys, Paulinas Hulu and Dem Fau.”

Regarding the egregious fade at 4:07, Ty laughs, “It was all good, we were chill. He apologized and I just told him it was only going to make the clip better.”

Click above for six minutes of tube intoxication, filmed in the course of just three days (!).


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