The Sumbawa sessions from ASL’s 250’th

26 May 2009 0 486 VIEWS

Bede barreled.

Bede barreled.

The Sumbawa Sessions

Ozzie shacked. Sumbawa.

Ozzie shacked. Sumbawa.

Occ cracking the lip.

Occ cracking the lip.

Steph snapping.

Steph snapping.

Mick smashing the lip.

Mick smashing the lip.

A seriously heavyweight crew chilling.

A seriously heavyweight crew chilling.


The ASL 250 Supertrip from the latest issue. Head for www.surfinglife.com.au/extras for the full feature and hundreds of online-only extras from this milestone issue.

If the noughties are all about a big ocean slamming into shallow reef slabs and the nineties was luxury in the Mentawais, surf travel in the eighties meant roughing it in the dirt and grime, with mozzies and malaria and bags of rice. In 1988, a motley crew of surfing luminaries, including ASL’s head honcho Peter Morrison, shaper to the stars Darren Handley, photographic doyen Ted Grambeau and travel guru Peter King travelled to an out of the way Indo spot named Lakei, hunting the mythical Periscopes right (a wave, it’s worth noting, that was named after an out-the-back poo that refused to sink). When it was flat, the team stumbled around the next bay and found a more consistent and picturesque wave: Lakey Peak. The trip made the cover of ASL issue 19, and a surfing mecca was born. Twenty-odd years, a few hotels and a thriving local surf community later, ASL’s back, with three world champs, one contender, and one of Australia’s most creative free spirits, to complete the circle and celebrate all things good and great in Australia’s Surfing Life.

As you’d imagine, Mark Occhilupo was the key. When we threw around ideas for our dream team, the 1999 world champ was top of the list. Not only for his power packed surfing and comic genius, but as an inspiration for the other surfers. The first questions asked by an invitee before a surf mag trip are usually “Where are we going? How long for? And who’s coming?” The response: “Lakey Peak, a week, and Occy,” was a good one, and our crew came together as easy as you like once the great man signed on.

With an extended break between World Tour events we had the window, and fellow world champs Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore met us at Brisbane airport, pumped about swell on the horizon. Title threat Bede Durbidge joined them, and when travelling minstrel/surfer/bon vivant Ozzie Wright flew in to Denpasar from Sydney, we nearly had the full compliment. Except for that Occy guy. In between his son’s birthday and an invitation to compete in the Margaret River WQS, Occy’s walk up start was looking a little uncertain coming out of the blocks. Then, with the rest of the crew safely on Sumbawa, we heard he’d made it to Bali, but couldn’t get a flight to the island. But what would a trip be without a bit of drama?

Read the rest of the feature in ASL 250, or at www.surfinglife.com.au/extras

ASL 250: Dear God, it’s the magazine with everything!

To celebrate 24 years of magazine making, we’ve gone above and beyond to bring you what’s going down in Australian surfing right now.

We loaded up a dodgy Indonesian plane and island hop to Sumbawa with Mick Fanning, Mark Occhilupo, Stephanie Gilmore, Bede Durbidge and Ozzie Wright, recording every angle with film, stills and ink. We lined up a studio to capture portraits of an important cross section of Australian surfers, filled a room with the world’s best and announced the results of our annual Peer Poll, got Nick Carroll to school us in the importance of remembering our roots, and sat down for a chat on the state of the game with the champ himself, Kelly Slater.

We uncovered a mountain of debauchery in the ASL vaults, and topped it off with the amazing ASL 250 movie, documenting the Sumbawan Sessions and the awesome Aussie autumn just gone.

There simply won’t be a better mag on the shelves. We’re shattered now it’s dusted, but god it feels good. We hope you get as much out of it as we put in.
www.surfinglife.com.au/extras

Tags: (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
Features
Video: One Tube With Some Oomph From New Zealand

Video: One Tube With Some Oomph From New Zealand

Wave of The Week: More like land of the big cold barrel, amirite?

0 24 Apr 2015
Adriano Wins Margarets, West Oz Shines – This Week In Surfing

Adriano Wins Margarets, West Oz Shines – This Week In Surfing

Seven Things From Surfing and The Internet On The Week That Was April 24, 2015

0 24 Apr 2015
Video: How fun was South Narrabeen Yesterday? Kai Otton, Jordy Lawler, Davey Cathels and More

Video: How fun was South Narrabeen Yesterday? Kai Otton, Jordy Lawler, Davey Cathels and More

Standout Sessions: After the storms, Sydney got waves.

0 24 Apr 2015
Recent

Adriano De Souza Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Claims Gold Leader Jersey

Takes down Taj and John John on the way to the top!

0 24 Apr 2015
Video: Sam Jones Paddles Into Ugly Deadmans Bomb

Video: Sam Jones Paddles Into Ugly Deadmans Bomb

0 23 Apr 2015
Courtney Conlogue Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Courtney Conlogue Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

0 22 Apr 2015
Psyched – The Soundtrack To Your Surfing Life

Psyched – The Soundtrack To Your Surfing Life

0 20 Apr 2015
Video: Watch John John, Kieren Perrow and Jack Robbo Get Really Barrelled At The Box Today

Video: Watch John John, Kieren Perrow and Jack Robbo Get Really Barrelled At The Box Today

4 19 Apr 2015
Latest News

Adriano De Souza Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Claims Gold Leader Jersey

Takes down Taj and John John on the way to the top!

Video: Sam Jones Paddles Into Ugly Deadmans Bomb

Monster storm delivers monster waves!

Courtney Conlogue Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

And Carissa leaves the Australian leg clear World No.1

Psyched – The Soundtrack To Your Surfing Life

The greatest songs from surf movie soundtracks will inspire a tsunami of treasured surfing memories...

Popular This Week

Stream Over: The Badcast, The Alternate Commentary of The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

An alternative commentary for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

Video: Good Clean Fun In Northern NSW & SE QLD

Standout Sessions: While Sydney gets battered by the worst storm in a decade, folks up North score ultra fun peaks.

Video: Sam Jones Paddles Into Ugly Deadmans Bomb

Monster storm delivers monster waves!

Go to Top