"Wanted: six guys with guts!"
An obscure advertisement in a surf magazine sets in motion a journey through Sumatra's jungles, across volcanoes and along chaotic roads, through isolated villages and temples to the fabled Mentawai Islands and beyond.
As the Island Explorer drifts deeper into the wilds, its occupants gradually lose their connection with the "real world" and start existing in their own dreamland.
But the future becomes uncertain when the captain jumps ship and the stand-in skipper slowly becomes unhinged in the tropical heat.
Join the quest to find pristine islands, untouched coral beaches and flawless surf. Sail through equatorial Indonesia's sparkling seas with a group of surfers searching for that elusive, ideal wave.
Please note that the print version of Island Explorer does not contain the photographs that are included in the Kindle version.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)|
About the Author
He loves rough travelling, mountains, surfing and the sea. He is a doctor in general family practice, but tries not to let work interfere too much with his surfing.
When the Cape winters get cold or the Southeaster howls incessantly in summer, he escapes by writing about wild places and tropical trips.
Island Explorer is his first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even a land-locked couch potato like me is familiar with the surfer’s quest for the perfect wave and can get some vicarious thrill from this story of the author’s search through the islands of Indonesian on such a quest before many of the places he went became well known in the surfing world. As someone who likes to know a little bit about a lot of things, even things I’m unlikely to ever do, the surfing part of the story was interesting, entertaining, and even educational. Beyond the surfing adventure, there were plenty of lessons to be learned from Scheffler’s experience about life’s tradeoffs (sacrificing in one area of life to meet goals in another), the balance of work and play, and an inspiration for those of us who dream about quests of our own. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **