Words by Ben Horvath | Clip by Caleb’s bro Jamin Mclean
Caleb Mclean works in construction in Cronulla. He is a real underground tube demon.
He had been working big hours six to seven days a week for months on end and was starting get itchy feet for a surf mission. Fortunately for him, his work is at least flexible. He can work as much or as little as he wants, and if need be he can take a couple of days of to chase down a swell.
Caleb noticed a massive blob on the charts on Tuesday June 23 and knew straight away he had to be somewhere in Indo by that weekend. After investigating the swell forecast and reading numerous surfing website predictions, he narrowed it down to Nias.
The swell was going to hit Nias on the Saturday so he knew he needed to be there no later than Friday afternoon June 26. Caleb had never been to Nias and with little time to research, he was in need of some good advice.
Caleb said, “I called The Perfect Wave Cronulla office and asked them the best way to get there and where I should stay. They said give me 5 minutes, I’ll get back to you with a flight intinerary and you will be well on your way by Wednesday morning and be standing on the point at Lagundri Bay by no later than Friday afternoon.”
“On Saturday June 27 the waves were 6-8 foot. We surfed a little reef break around the corner from the point called Sabatoo. Sunday was a bit bigger, with an odd the 10 footer and the point was firing. Everyone in the line up nailed a couple good barrels throughout the session. From my point of view, it was definitely worth the 2-day mission to get there to score eight to ten foot perfect waves. “ Yeeow!