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One of the most beautiful islands you will ever see, here is the view we are all looking for.© 2014 Ryzphoto
How about an Island to yourself? January and February are generally the quietest times on the island yet the conditions can be perfect. An oily smooth Peak with no one out as a local fisherman returns home with some fresh octopus.© 2014 Ryzphoto
This photo gives you an idea of the view you can enjoy while sitting out at the Peak. Palm trees, white beaches, mountains, your bungalow staring back at you. It doesn’t get much better.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Boat captain “ Ecca “showing why he’s the boss out at T Bags.© 2014 Brian Blank
The Peak Left warming up as the morning fog lifts from the mountains behind.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Empty peaks scattered along the coast, a solitary surfer decides to investigate.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Some solid back to back swells kept things interesting in 2013. T Bags handles up to 10ft… for those willing.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Lunch time cool off . The kind of scene to remind yourself of when you get back to work.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Surfguide Jeff with the Peak left well and truly dialed.© 2014 Ryzphoto
One of the perks of being a surfguide. Ecca in his office.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Milking the Peak right.© 2014 Ryzphoto
A super fun session at Dylans.© 2014 Ryzphoto
The beauty of having a wave in your front yard. The Peak offering some solid walls.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Jeff on one of the bigger days out front at the Peak.© 2014 Ryzphoto
A short drive along the coast and you can be greeted with empty playgrounds like this.© 2014 Ryzphoto
A smaller day at T Bags offering some fun walls, a little different to to the feeling of 6-8f ft freight trains rushing towards you.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Perfection. Sometimes you just gotta stop and take it all in.© 2014 Ryzphoto
The Peak offering its best Pipe impersonation.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Recent guest Clint had the place dialed. An epic afternoon session to finish the day.© 2014 Brian Blank
If clean, warm water with waves everywhere sounds like your idea of a good trip then look up Aura Surf Resort.© 2014 Ryzphoto
Northern Sumatra is home to some of the most remote and unexplored breaks in surfing. There’s no easy way in, and the breaks are plentiful.
This photo set from Aura Surf Resort shows the type of conditions that await the soul who makes it up there. One of those lucky photogs is Ryan Williams who dedicates a few months of the year to this location and plays his cards close to his chest.
“I have about 20 secret waves up there that no one knows about.” He told us “A well known mag came close to finding a few of them last year, I saw them in their boat so I turned around and went back to the mainland so they couldn’t follow me.
“Surpisingly the beachies are actually really fun, theres some sick hidden beachies up here. We’ve got one I call the Sumatran Straddie (not pictured), it’s a bit more fickle, but on it’s day, just as good.”
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith