Indonesia has over 17,000 islands and spans 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) from east to west. Including inland and surrounding seas, the country's recognized territory is over 5,000,000 square kilometers. It's not surprising and no secret that the country enjoys some of the best surf in the world.
The plethora of quality surf breaks does not mean it's always easy tracking down ideal conditions. My friend Chad Booth and I had been holed up in Bali for weeks. The surf was consistently fun, but we were ready for something new. We charted a sizable swell for a few days before making the call to head eastward to Sumbawa.
Getting around in Indonesia is often an adventure in itself. Riding motorbikes on dangerous roads full of more dangerous drivers is just part of the game. We drove mostly at night to avoid traffic, and caught up on sleep by stretching out hammocks on the upper decks of the ferries.
We reached our final destination in Sumbawa over 12 hours later. We arrived exhausted for a quick evening surf, primarily to wash ourselves clean from the journey, before heading to bed early. I was anxious to see what the morning would bring, and the sound of crashing waves all night didn't help me sleep.