It’s hard to believe that 2014 marks Surfing The Nations’ SEVENTEENTH trip to Indonesia!
In 1997, STN founder Tom Bauer pioneered the organization’s first surfing adventure tour to this country of over 10,000 islands. On the brink of a new era of surfing about to flood Indonesia, he committed to go back every summer for the next ten years. Little did he know, that ‘ten’ would later turn into a ‘twenty.’
Now, 17 years later, he is back once again with a fresh team of 21, ready to introduce them to all of the reasons why he is full of stoke for Indo. The team landed in Denpasar, Bali on the 30th of June and have already made their way through the beautiful chaos of Kuta, the picture-perfect bungalows of Bingin and the remote fishing villages of Lombok. Stopping at world-class surf breaks along the way, including Impossibles, Padang-Padang, Uluwatu, Desert Point (ranked 3rd best wave in the world) and Scar Reef, the team is now making their way through the Indian Ocean via a large outrigger boat and continuing on to Gili Island and Nusa Lembongan.
All the amazing once-in-a-lifetime sites aside, why do we continue to return to Indo? The answer is simple – relationships. Each member of every Indonesia team is encouraged to live out the trip’s catchphrase, “make a friend for life.” The friendships we make are founded on long-term mindsets and built with short-term goals. Our heart is to show the people we meet that we care and are committed to seeing them thrive not only during the few short weeks we are in Indonesia, but for life!
Check out these Instagram posts from the trip so far!