Surfing PNG on board the PNG Explorer. Trip 2, the fun continues.
Words and photos by Chris Peel.
The Explorer is back in Kavieng Harbour after some seriously fun surf across the last 10 days. This was despite the north Pacific swell machine having a few start up glitches and thanks to the skipper hunting down a bunch of fun out in the zone against the odds.
We started trip 2 out at one of our bread and butter locations with swell in the waist to head high range and the odd bigger sets fanned by cool offshore winds care of the micro climate in those islands. The guests were stoked, splitting the numbers up between Valla (a fun right point) and The Slab (a right and left tube) with 4 on each break making sure everyone got a few of the sets.
After 4 days of surfing, fishing and vigorous beer consumption we made the decision to strike north and go check out some artefacts left behind by the departing US Marines in the WW2 conflict and also have a crack at a fun little left hander on one of the islands up there.
The guests were intrigued to take a step back in time and have a brief glimpse into this part of PNG’s unique history on this beautiful island. After a day spent checking out the “Bush Museum” it was hammers down to get back south for a pulse forecast to arrive the following day. Everyone was pumped to see that the forecast swell had materialised and it was all systems go on a wave feast.
One of the things that makes a trip with the PNG Explorer so great is the A-grade meals delivered by Chef Israel (One of PNG’s premier chefs) and this trip was no different with “Iz” getting his barbeque game out a couple of different times and keeping a constant supply of fresh organic fruits and drinks up to the hungry guests.
The swell hung in till the end of this trip and the steam back to Kavieng saw plenty of smiling contented faces sipping beer on the last sunset.
It seems the Pacific make be getting a little more active on the next forecast period so make sure to check into the websites blog in coming days to see what’s happening on that front and to check out other news from PNG Surfaris.
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