Matt Wilkinson, Kekoa Bacalso and Ben Dunn ripping in Indo.

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Chapter 5: Fringe Benefits

You may have noticed something odd going on in the Tip 2 Tip episodes so far. Sometimes the voices you hear seem pretty distant. Crackled. Like they've been dragged through space and satellites and Third World telephone wires and handfuls of time zones. Well, that's because they have...In catching up with all of the surfers to get the ins and outs of their trips, the reality is that we’re either calling the Quest 1 sat-phone and catching them before they disembark or we’re calling some random phone in another corner of the world that's just as remote and idyllic.

Like… Tahiti.

This is where we found all three of this week’s passengers. As players on the WCT circuit, Kekoa Bacalso, Ben Dunn and Matt Wilkinson were waiting out the agonizing flat spell going on at the End of the Road. Teahupo’o hadn’t run in weeks and the forecast wasn’t looking good. As bad as it was for them, it was kind of brilliant for us.

You see, nostalgia for the Tip 2 Tip mission was at alarming levels and all three of the boys told nearly identical stories: tales rich with Bintangs, good times and empty waves in far flung corners of Indo that not even they thought existed - you know, all the things that make chasing contest points around the world worth the inherent struggle. It's the little things. The fringe benefits.

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