BOQUETE

21 01 2011

After Ryan’s departure for his 80 hour transit back to Sydney, and a good swell for 3 days in Bocas, the girls decided it was time to drag me away from the coast to a town called Boquete. The town sits on a mountain river in the “Lote” Chiriqui highlands between the pacific and Carribean coasts of Western Panama.

Prior to leaving we were told of “Lost & Found”a nomadic style hostel built by two Canadian travellers. Basically these two guys picked a spot that travelers would pass and then built a hostel up a cliff in the middle of the jungle. The first challenge at this place is getting the bus to stop at their home made sign, next you just have to make it up the 15min hike to the hostel itself. A good call leaving the three boards in Bocas.

So after a couple of beer fueled nights meeting some great other folks in the 6 x 6 jungle bar, and getting the low down on Turantula sex from the resident Oxford University Arachnologist, it was time to leave the mountain crew with their nightly foosball competition so as not to miss the main reason we travelled all this way to Central America. The Boqete Coffee and Flower festival.

Evan, Annie and Carls about to hike to their beds.


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Rooms in the Jungle


Dinner Time


Sunset at Lost & Found


Loco Monkey!


Cold mountain water on a very hot day.


Red Dragon Flies.

Hot Springs


FHM

One of the tick box activities that most do when they come to Central America is Ziplining, (AKA) flying through the trees on a pool lanerope cable whilst having the blood cut off to your balls. So with Captain AMac at the helm wearing her best jungle knee high boots and off the shoulder number we set off up the mountain again to be proper tourists!

Tarzan impersonations complete, flower festival tick, back on the chicken bus to where there is sun, sand, salt water and brazilian bikinis. Next stop accross the border to Costa Rica’s Rasta surf town of Peurto Viejo.





BOCAS DEL TORO

17 01 2011

Bocas Del Toro is an amazing part of Panama. Up in the North West corner of the Carribean sea the area is made up of a cluster of nine small islands. Isla Colon (Main Island) is rife with backpackers mostly in transit for a week at a time, or surfers taking advantage of the swell in the Carribean that lasts from December through March.

Water taxis set you back about a $2 per trip to one of the main breaks and neighbouring islands. Locals will also take you to further away secluded islands for anything up to $20 each for the day, pack an esky and your only worry is boredom!

We have been surfing most days with two decent reefs either a short boat or taxi away and another couple of beach breaks also on offer. The crowds are manageable and the first decent swell we got three days ago was in the 4-6ft range and great fun. Carls is loving her new board acquired in Hawaii.

Zapatilla Island - 20mins Boat from Bocas

Carribean Waters

Driftwood on Zappatia

Tree growing from Jungle into water

Small island beach sports.

More island sports..... Love being bored.

Jungle Fever

The Crazy Bull.... plenty of options in Bocas.

Bar Mondo Taitu - Panama, or Turkey?

Night Boats to secluded island house Party

On Ryan’s last night with us in Bocas we were told of a party being thrown by locals on a nearby island. A twenty minute boat ride through darkness with our way being lit by mobile phone light, brought us to a house party that was worthy of an MTV film clip.

About 300 travelers, a pool, cash bar, DJ’s, sound and lighting setups and boats coming and going long into the night from the private wharf was a fairly impressive effort.

Mental House Party at island off Bocas

Strobes

The House.





Panama City & Canal Tour

7 01 2011

We hope you all had a fun and safe New Years, and those of you that are still on holidays are enjoying them! We have left the easy travelling of the states behind us and are now piecing together our non-existent Spanish through the start of our trip in Central America.

A couple of days in Panama City, between dodging holes in the footpaths and falling debris from building sites, has taken us through the crumbling colonial old section of the city, and to the nearby jungles of the Panama Canal.

City Skyline

Statue Old Panama City


Church Arch Old Panama City


Graffiti Old Panama city

Old Building


Street Soccer Old Panama City


Church Square


Beer prices a little steep.


Old mate pescado


Street styles Panama City

With Captain “Jungle Man” Carl at the helm we spent a day exploring the Panama Canal by boat and kayak. An impressive engineering feat built 100 years ago sees 14000 ships pass through its locks each year. Each ship being charged a minimum of $20000 US, and 85 million gallons of fresh water is discharged for each ships pass.

Jungle Land!


Jungle on the canal


The 3 toed sloth!


Two iguanas having a laugh.


Turtle sunning


Wild Monkeys boarded boats for peanuts.


2 Toed Sloth! Apparently a rare find.


Jungle Hawk with red eyes.


Crazy little dude.


Anna with baby Boa


Carlie with Boa


My Mate


Jungle Carl trying to scare an Auzzie.


Car Carrier passing from Carribean to Pacific

After a 10 hour overnight bus and boat transfers we have reached Bocas Del Toro. Bocas is a popular backpacker destination on the Carribean side of western Panama and yes there are waves in the Carribean!

The Girls at work.


PERFECT 10.





LAS VEGAS

4 01 2011

Sin City, what can we say, or should it be what cant we say! The last few days have been a truly memorable New Years experience (thank god for the photos) that we were lucky enough to share with our good friends Anna, Ryan, Amanda, Hoffy, Sam and Beaker.

Congratulations Hoff and Amanda on your recent Engagement and thanks for letting us all share the celebrations with you!!! You Rock!

Vegas is a a truly mental city and didn’t disappoint. From $20 all you can eat buffets to free drinks at any casino as long as you have $20 in the pokes or are sitting on a table, the place is constantly buzzing with every kind of head under the sun!

Thanks Gene for our backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. A great experience being able to see what makes Vegas’s most successful show tick over.

Planet Hollywood


The Strip


The Bellagio


"O" at the Bellagio


Annie & Carls


Dinner at the Bellagio


Girls ready to hit the town!!


The Recently engaged couple!


Vodka Slurpees!


The old boy has a street!


Rain Nightclub Girls.


Crazy Pink Gimp Guy!! Headlamp Guru!


Acrobat Chicks!


Another Ugly Vegas Girl.



More Craziness..


Hmmmmmmm??


Rain Nightclub NYE





PIPE FINALS

18 12 2010

Well its all done and dusted, Parko takes the triple crown for a third year in a row, Steph Gilmore the womens’s dual and unfortunately Kieran Perrow missed out in the final to the first ever European winner of the Pipe Masters. Jeremy Flores the 20 yr old from Reunion Island France.





Surfangle Photography

12 12 2010

Below are some images taken over the last couple of days by Judy Scanlon. Judy is a surf photographer and enthusiast from Anglsea Victoria and has been staying with us on the North Shore. To see more of Judy’s shots keep an eye on Coastalwatch website and I have attached her site to the links.





2010 PIPE MASTERS

10 12 2010




MAUI

30 11 2010

Leaving Maui in two days, great island with plenty to do. Hiked into a dormant volcano, dove a volcanic island reef, drank $1 happy hour Mai Tai’s, and ate Huli Huli chickens, all on a shoestring! Enjoy.

Haleakala Trip

Sunrise at 8000ft

Huli Huli Chicken!!

Small day at Honolua Bay

Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!!

Bloody Yanks.

Arrived in Maui three days ago, its the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a totally different vibe to Kauai. We headed North west to a town called Hana. Hana is on the windy side of the island so no surfing for now.

The road to Hana is famous for the coastal drive through jungles and past waterfalls, it also goes past the tow-in wave JAWS. Yesterday we went to the Haleakala National Park and hiked a 6km trail through a bamboo forest to the Wailua Falls. Pretty epic stuff hearing bamboo belting together in the wind as you cruise through, and being able to watch fresh water meet the ocean. Enjoy the pics.

Giddy-Up!!!

Falling Water.

Mrs Fountain does the Wailua Falls

Bamboo stuff!

Big Crazy Tree.

Cool

Maybe a two and half pike????


Locals told us a tourist drowned the day we arrived





KAUAI

18 11 2010

Last nights on Kauai we partied with team Canada and Matt played his first game of Gridiron, apparently whitey tells us never to call it this to North Americans??! So it was a dusty transit off to Mauai after a solid session on the Mai Tais.

Whitey & Fountain

Seppo Football??

Two days left on this amazing island. Not sure how Maui will compare, have met some great people, and surfed some fun waves. Tonight we have been invited to join the locals at Haena beach for a Hawaiin version of a Hangi to celebrate thanksgiving, we have been told that they have two wild bores on ice!

Hmmmmmmmm

Secret Beach


Wheres Gidbum???

Shaaarrrk.

Puckas, I couldn't resist mate!

Walking the dog Kauai Style.

Cranny ..... is this a Kiwi Beer?!

Camping on Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, home town of the Iron’s Brothers, at $3 a night, hard to beat. Good people, locals bon-firing it up on the beach at night and waking up to 4ft rights handers.

Hanalei Bay Sunset

Sunsets at Hanalei

Surfer Girl

Hanalei Bay Pier

$3 a night at Hanalei bay!

A Great Part of the planet, crazy lava mountains dropping almost on top of the sand in some areas. Arrived late expecting a tough night in an economy hire car, got talking to the hire car crew and think they felt sorry for us with so much gear so scored us a free upgrade to this crazy ford Flex Seppo guzzler with more room than a bus! Yeah Boy!

First night camping and were welcomed into a crazy local hippie party…..interesting friendly bead weaving heads indeed, but gathered some good info on the island that saw us head west.

Spent last night camped up on the Waimea Canyon at about 4000ft, first good test of the gear and we managed to stay dry, both guessing that’s probably why we were the only 2 humans in the entire state park overnight! Plenty of wild roosters and chickens to keep us company.

So its more surfing and hammock time as we camp between 3 sites on the North Shore and try to find a place to leave our gear so we can hike the Kalalau trail to the Napali coast. Until next update, take it easy, were going surfing.

Scenic Kauai

Local's AI Memorial Sign

Hanea Beach

Camp Falling Avocado

Camp Fire Waimea Canyon

Scotty's





Touchdown….Waikiki!

12 11 2010

Quick trip out to the North Shore, comp placed on hold out of respect to Andy Irons for memorials held today on Kauai. A sea turtle decided to pay us a visit wandering up the beach in broad daylight (very cool). After that the Reef Girls also wandered out and I managed to jag a pic with Rob Machado (see Headville!).

When the swell hits the one road out and back turns into a crawl in both directions, we made it out to Sunset to see what the locals were calling a small swell with about 50 on the take off zone and a few bigger ones coming through.

Off to Kauai tomorrow for some surf and camping.

2011 Reef Calendar Girls!

Sea Turtle at Haleiwa

Judges Tent

WWII American Submarine

Pearl Harbour Memorial

WWII Anti Air Craft Guns

Day 1: After some minor hiccups that included our Vegemite being confiscated by security it has all began with dinner with the Duke (Good call Renny).

Welcome to the land of excess and super sized everything, $8 dollar six packs of Corona and the biggest cans of Fosters I have ever seen. The tour froth has arrived with Haleiwa starting tomorrow…… stay tuned!

Waikiki!