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TROPICAL BENDER PT.1

AFENDS team riders Torren Martyn and Duncan McNicol have just returned from their Tropical Bender having chased what was set to be the swell of the season up in North Samatra.

On a last minute plane ticket, the boys adventured to paradise to pop their proverbial Nias cherry and ride the mountainous 10ft+ swell that was on the cards.

With their arsenal of quivers and amidst the heckle of locals and pros, youll see no air reverses here but some sessions of dreamy barrels, palm tree backgrounds and the boys spending some solid time beneath the lip.

See the video below, and enjoy a taste of the good-life with some photo highlights from the Tropical Bender...

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This is further up the point from where we were staying, theres mental slab you can see in the distance but theres also little caves that run about 20meters further in from where the waves stop breaking that you can hear and bubble up like little blow holes when youre walking along the reef, Its weird like the ground is hollow.

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We hired some bikes and spent the days cruising exploring the island, this sketchy little road led us down through the jungle on to this tropical beach with fun little waves and we were just burning around on the sand doing doeys n shit it was classic!

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We stopped to get petrol for our bikes in this little village and everyone came out from there houses and surrounded us laughing and whispering to each other probably tripping out how tall and hairy we were, it was sick.

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Everyone one was always talking about this crazy waterfall that we should check out, so we did the half an hour drive and 1k walk and this is what we were greeted with, the water was cold and you could jump off the rocks up above our heads.

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15 minutes from the waterfall was this kings village, it sits on a mountain well above the rest of the land and its people. The village is so unique and traditional, it was something Id never seen before. These are a couple of groms having a laugh with me.

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This is the Kings house in the kings village, most of the houses are built with a similar structure to this but you can see how much higher it stands to the rest of them.

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This is the key hole where you jump off to the wave, its super mellow to get out.

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Dunc cruising in after a little session at the point.

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Dunc getting slotted, its such a fun wave at this size.

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This was a bit of a bigger one when it started dropping off so it caught a lot of people off guard, I didnt make it but I remember seeing a bunch of people duck diving and bailing there boards when I was getting in to it.

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This is rockstars about 40 minutes from the Point, such a playful and chilled wave but all the sewage pipes run out into the ocean around here so you get filthy surges of water that throw you off a bit.

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Dunc throwing a sick slob on that tropical beach we stumbled across. The water was so clean and there wasnt a person or structure in sight.

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Dunc took over a sick 64 single fin that hes riding here and what he rode for most of the bigger days, this is a pretty steezy looking double hand layback stall.

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A little inside one and nice conditions.

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This kernel was killing it and he was also in most of the water shots I got haha, his steeze was amazing! You can almost see the place we were staying at about the white water in the right corner.

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The water and conditions look all time here, this was mid morning before the winds swing and it goes nice and glassy.

Words - Torren Martyn

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