There is something about stepping on or off a private plane in the Telo Islands that seems to put a smile on our guests faces, and today's changeover was no different to any other plane day with big smiles across the boards (pun intended); the outgoing crew scored pretty hard at most of the breaks on the previous trips, and we were hoping the good karma passed across to the new crew.
The “Cobweb Clearance” on plane day was put in place by a fun user friendly Sumatran special (smooth glassy conditions followed by a top shelf sunset) then dinner and an early sleep in the cool of the AC back at the lodge in preparation for the first full day.
An overnight rise in swell that was apparent out front on the house reef had froth levels at a pretty high mark and when we pulled up to the sight of the Kindies/Schoolyards combo head high and firing the level went off the scale. We dropped the hook between the two breaks and split the guests between peaks and then everyone got stuck right into it as conditions got better and better with the wind easing as the morning wore on. A call of late lunch was radioed through to the lodge, and everyone over indulged on waves before heading back to base to do the same on Taco’s in the cool of sea breeze blowing off the lagoon out front.
The afternoon hit-out was a quick boat ride away down at Pinnacles in one of the Telo Islands most picturesque settings, and everyone got their fair share of great waves before we called a big first day quits.
It a great feeling at the start of a trip when it’s day one and the guests have already surfed two separate breaks, everyone is smiling and there’s a whole lot more to come.