Monday, March 5, 2007

Lido, Vanimo, Jan 07

A nice cool spot to rinse off in after a surf, paradise

Left hander, infamous board breaker, this wave is a machine do not be deceived, when its 10ft and raging, no mercy for the faint hearted





Right hander on a really small day
























Vanimo surf Club, pandanus trail through the village and a fish net hammock



New Years Day my brother and I flew to Lido, Vanimo a surf village on the North Coast of PNG.This place is seriously the bomb, we stayed with the Moihe family, who are absolutey some of the best people that I have ever met, wan bel i stap. The people on the North Coast are truly, so friendly and caring. We were there to go surfing where I was confronted with 10ft waves on my introductory surf in Lido. I only started surfing in August where I spent 4 weeks at some friends place, Tierra de Milagros (the Land of Miracles) in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. With only a few weekends of follow up surf sessions out at Sero ending in November and no waves around i thought, hhhmmm Christmas break... why not go surfing over in Vanimo...bara..Lewa blo mi sut ya (severe adrenaline rush). I got rolled a couple of times and these blue walls would just come popping out of nowhere on the right hander, it takes some serious guts to tackle these waves. There was even the resident dugong bobbing around out there. The sisters and brothers in Lido carve up these waves and make surfing look easy. Out on the water you could have been anywhere in the world with about 20 tourists from Germany,France Austallia, England and the America. I remember lying out on my brand new Walden 9ft, Wahine and seeing a whole bunch of surfers paddling towards me, I looked to my left and saw this towering wave. I am struggling to swim away from it and these guys are all heading for the peak. It was awesome being out there in the surf and just watching these people just absolutely pumped on these waves.

I remember feeling like sonic the hedgehog with my fro out being tossed around in the surf like a little piece of loose debris. Respect...those waves have some serious power, not to be taken lightly.

19 comments:

islandbaby aka ricebag said...

Hey lady.

Much kudos to you! Came through there Easter '05 and can't say I was brave enough to surf those waves - you're right tho - the Lido boys make it look easy out there on their wooden planks.

pomrugby said...

Hey Jen,

How much does it cost to stay there for a month?

When are the best times to go surfing there?

Save PNG said...

Hey, it costs K30 a night with the Moihes, and November to March is the best time to go surfing over there.
There are also other families that you can stay with such as Steven Tekwie but I am not sire how much it costs.

Go over... Lido is not an experience to be missed.
Jen

Den said...

I had a friend, go there in 2002, he usually goes to Fiji, and then when we met, i told him about Kavieng and Vanimo, so by chance he met someone in Aus on his way to PNG, he was actually going to go to Kavieng, but he got told to go to Vanimo, he was so stocked, when he came back, he said it was one of the best places to surf, but to top it off, he said the people were the best, and they made it the best place to be on earth!

I have to go there. California is too cold for me!

Save PNG said...

You do have to go to Vanimo. It is the place to be, a very special place.

Anonymous said...

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BLOODY OATH WE ARE GOING TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY IF ITS THE LAST THING WE DO! STARTED RIDGE TO REEF PROJECT

HERE IN KAVIENG WE NEED TO TALK AGAIN... :) WE SHOULD LINK UP WORK TOGETHER.

SURFS BEEN DOWN END OF SEASON :(

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