Just Dreaming is a 50-ft cutter-rigged ketch powered by a 98HP Ford diesel which can take up to a maximum of 8 surfers. She has a TV, Stereo (tape/radio/CD player), VCR, Shower & toilet, additional deck shower, snorkelling gear and fishing gear. Aussie owner & skipper, John – a great surfer himself – has been operating in West Java for around 10 years so knows the island and the surf conditions really well.

The swell reports was showing  a consistent push of SW swell for the better part of the trip. We headed for the mainland spots with only a small push at the start of the trip. This worked out well with small, clean, warm-up waves for the boys to get comfortable with the reef. With the swell increasing, we moved out to the bay and surfed Pussy’s with some nice long ones and a few turns to be had.

With the olds trades up a bit, we moved around to the west side of the island. We rocked up with a nice surprise of head and a half lefts and rights offshore all day and all of us rotating between the left and the right and with some nice tubes to be had. We stayed and surfed over head lefts and rights over this side for a few days and waited for the next SW push.

We woke up in the morning and saw an increase of swell, so we had a good surf and moved around into the bay again. As we came in closer to One Palm, we had a double hit on the rods and then 2 of the boys proceeded to pull in two 10 kg+ yellow fin tuna. Sashimi was on the cards for that afternoon. We pulled up to One Palm with the odd 3-foot set rolling down the point so we ended up out there for look. We surfed until dark that afternoon with a couple of nice tubes ridden.

With a drop in the swell we moved back over to the mainland and surfed until the our 2nd last day, and then the call was made to check out Krakatoa. As we steamed up there, we landed a massive wahoo, 5 foot long and 20kg+. We got to Krakatoa that night and it was blowing its lid, shooting out red lava rock around every 10 minutes. Next day we had a brief walk on the island as it was very active we made it quick and only watched a few irruptions from the base of the mountain.

Waves every day this trip with some nice fish landed and Krakatoa doing its things, boys were super stoked. Then it was time to head to Jakarta, which is not always a bad thing.

Written by:
Ben Horvath

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