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On your perfect boat trip, what would you look for most?

Long, open walls
Air sections

Chapter 7: Strike Mission

So this one wasn’t in the plans. The final (and legendary) crew is actually out to sea as we speak - and you'll meet them next week... In the meantime, we had a couple of weeks to kill after Brady, Dillon and Bruno said farewell. So, we needed to find a few surfers who were willing to fly up to northern Indo, hop on a rickety bus for a handful of hours, and get to the docks at a moment's notice. Of course, Alex and Koa Smith and Stu Kennedy raised their hands first...

Obviously, it helped that Koa had already been on the Tip 2 Tip mission (remember Chapter 1 way back when?). Turns out he hadn’t even left Indo yet, and had been holed up in Bali for months improving his dancing skills at Sky Garden and braving the masses in the water along the Bukit. He had been hearing about all the epic chapters that have unfolded since his trip and it was starting to drive him a little mad. So he rallied big bro Alex and they made the break north.

Meanwhile Stu Kennedy was busy back in Australia recovering from an injury and ramping up for a return to contest world. What better way to jump back in the action than an Indo boat trip? Naturally, Stu dropped everything and jetted to the airport without pause.

Being on the tail-end of a 6-month boat trip through Indo provides a variety of advantages – namely that the captain has lots of new secrets to share. So it wasn’t long before the Quest 1 was full-throttle back out to sea, on her way to a few freshly discovered gems, thanks to the diligent work of Tip 2 Tip all-stars Brady, Dillon and Bruno. 

Passengers onboard

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episode 7.3 - discovery

During a bit of a flat spell Koa, Alex and Stu hit the beach. Strolling the coastal villages way up here, it doesn’t take too long to forget the madness of Kuta, Jakarta or Padang. And it just so happens there’s a particularly weird wave up here, too – a wave that Dillon, Brady and Bruno had discovered about a month before, when everywhere else was flat. Though they had the honor of being only the second group to surf it, Koa, Alex and Stu only got a taste.... Just wait until we show you this place in all its glory in the coming weeks.
What's a boat trip without some on-land exploration? Photo: Nate Lawrence
Stu liked the artwork Wade Lewis did on the bottom of his board, so he wanted to show you. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Koa says hi. Photo: Nate Lawrence
A day with the groms. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Spiderman and his little bro just scored big time. Photo: Nate Lawrence
A view that's centuries away from Padang, Jakarta or Kuta. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Stu's best Mick Knox impression. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Trust us when we say that this is just a taste of what this beachie (discovered by Dillon) can do. Alex, sampling... and not complaining either. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Outtakes: Nobody's Perfect

Even the best have to go through a few fails before they nail the shot. Here are some good ones:

"We just hit the wave from hell."
-Fletch, while cleaning up the aftermath of Quest 1's collision with a heavy rogue wave. Check out the chaos on tomorrow's episode.

episode 7.2 - retrospect

One of the filmers, Jimmy Kinnaird, likes to torture each fresh passenger on the Tip 2 Tip mission. He’s been on most of the trips and has been there to document some of the best days and biggest scores. So, what he does is put together these 10-minute edits of absolute gold to show the new crew on their way out to sea. This causes the froth level to get dangerously high as the waiting game ensues. But it’s also a brilliant tactic, because when it’s time to get in the water – no matter if the waves are all-time or not – you can be sure the boys will be firing on all cylinders. 
Alex here, about to stuff himself silly. Photo: Nate Lawrence
The Quest 1, stumbling upon a serious patch of blue. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Sneaking into a tight one. Alex. Photo: Nate Lawrence
A well-placed speed blur. Check out the bits of water above Alex. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Stu, narrowly missing the explosion. Photo: Nate Lawrence
The Stu Kennedy pocket punch. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Exploring the underbelly. Photo: Nate Lawrence
By this point in the trip, you're all very familiar with the evening beer spot. Alex, Koa and Stu, carrying on the tradition. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Behind the Scenes: From the Eye of Nate Lawrence

This week, we've ripped a few behind-the-scenes style snaps from Nate Lawrence... the man never puts the camera down, you see.

episode 7.1 - distance

And Koa thought he covered a lot of fresh ground way back in Chapter 1. He had no idea. For a solid month before this trip Dean, Dillon and Bruno had been zigzagging northern Indo, discovering never-surfed-before waves more than they were dropping into more familiar locales. So when they passed the baton to Koa, Alex and Stu at the docks, they let loose a few secrets just to pump them up and prepare them for what was surely waiting for them in the coming weeks. But of course Indo made them work for it - no free passes around here.
Footage psych-up session at the airport. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Somewhere behind Stu, Brady, Dillon and Bruno are heading in the opposite direction. Photo: Nate Lawrence
That right there makes all the hours traveling more than worth it. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Koa, back where he belongs. Photo: Nate Lawrence
"We were spoiled rotten," Stu says of his time on the Tip 2 Tip mission. Yeah, no kidding. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Alex, first stretch after a long, unexpected journey. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Up in the trees. Koa. Photo: Nate Lawrence
The scholarly Alex Smith, indulging. Photo: Nate Lawrence
Tip 2 Tip is a 6-month quest on the Infinite Search, stretching from one end of the Indonesia Archipelago to the other. Stay tuned for daily updates and 3 fresh video edits a week. See more here

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