MY given name Jose Manuel Illumbe but everyone calls me Poti. Born in Hondarribia in the Basque Country I've spent much of the previous decade sailing the King Millenium around Mentawai searching for barrels.
Fortunately 2012 has seen solid early swells in the Mentawai and as soon as the charts start glowing the surfers rush in like moths to a flame. Every trip here is special and there's nothing which makes me happier than seeing my passengers frothing over the waves they've scored but there's a special excitement when you get a boatload of friends, all talented cats on board.
This was one of those trips and we had the French Connection of: Marc Lacomare, Joan Duru, Charly Martin plus some others (Alain Riou, Glenn "Micro" Hall, Adrien Toyon and veteran free surfer Benjamin "Sancho" Sanchis) who'd managed to pull a 9 day trip in between 'QS events. Finally we invited photog, Bastien Bonnarme onboard and he took some amazing shots which I hope you will like. I was so pleased to meet up with these old friends for my first trip of the season and after checking the early April forecast we were excited and motivated to sample the best of what the Indian Ocean has to offer.
© Bastien Bonnarme