Jay Davies in: The Island
Jay Davies is a man of the road. And he knows how to thread a tunnel. On an Indonesian island some weeks ago, he found waves detonating on a reef. He and his brother Wyatt slept on a hard wood floor and scored perfection for three days straight. Stab asked Jay to fill the important gaps […]
Jay Davies is a man of the road. And he knows how to thread a tunnel. On an Indonesian island some weeks ago, he found waves detonating on a reef. He and his brother Wyatt slept on a hard wood floor and scored perfection for three days straight. Stab asked Jay to fill the important gaps about his trip.
Getting there: “We left home midday on the Wednesday just before Easter weekend. We pretty much had no idea what we were doing – I’d talked to Marlon (Gerber) and he said they were all getting a boat, and that we just had to get there. He told us that this guy called Pete would pick us up.
So, we ended up having to drive for five hours on the worst-ever roads, then we got to this fishing village at 3am. We were woken up at 5am by the driver, saying that the boat was ready. Marlon and Lee (Wilson) had already gone out there, so it was just me and my brother (Wyatt, who shot and cut this clip.) We were loading our gear onto this boat and the thing was just rotted-away. They had this bamboo stick set-up, plunging away with it, it was like a homemade bilge. They couldn’t get it started for two hours and we were looking at each other just loosing it, cause it was Wyatt’s first boat trip experience and we were on this old, rickety fishing boat. They ended up going through three different starter-motors before one finally worked.
So we were motoring out on this rusty boat, it was overcast and the boys on the boar couldn’t speak a word of English. Wyatt and I were just going, are we really doing this? We kept saying the spot name and they were looking at us like we were aliens. We finally got there and for the next three days, we scored pumping waves every day. The whole time we were there, we slept on hard wood floor, like Indonesian fisherman.”
The end section: “I was the luckiest guy out there. I didn’t hit the reef once. I was lucky, I just kept falling in holes. There was one that just exploded on my back and I got thrown so high in the air, I thought my leg or back was snapped – I was in the foam flying, then before I knew it I was back up, without a scratch.
Right where you doggy door, it goes super deep. Between the reef and the ledge there’s a super deep little section, but there’s certainly zones down the reef that you can get hurt on. A coupla days before we got there, the ocean was alive. Laurie Towner took so much bark off his knee and Dean Bowen had his whole back torn apart. After I found that out I was like, I’m not ready for this. It’s not really user-friendly but some of them just work for you.”
All in all: “It was just a three-day snatch and grab run, really. A five day turnaround – two days travelling and the rest just eating noodles and getting pitted. I love those quick stealth runs, it’s the only way to do it. You’re just surfed-out by the end and you have one beer then before you know it, you’re asleep on hard wood floor.”
For more of this kinda awesomeness, dive over to Jay and Wyatt’s portal, Elsegood Productions.
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