My name is Kaiser Auberlen, I am 12 years old from the North Shore of Oahu and a Rip Curl team rider. One of the best things about being on the Rip Curl team is that I get to meet great people from all over the world. I have been surfing for 7 years and have been lucky enough to travel the world looking for waves. I just got back from an amazing trip to Lakey Peak, Sumbawa. I went to visit my Indo Uncle Oney Anwar. It was an amazing trip and I love how surfing takes you to great places where you can meet cool people and get good waves…
Oney is the top Indonesian surfer on tour and also a Rip Curl teammate. He always stays with us when in Hawaii and has been asking us for years to come visit him at his home. So finally we did. Three plane flights and a two hour drive later we were there.
On my first day I awoke to pumping 4-6’ Lakey Peak. It’s a sick wave, a perfect peak with a long left with 2 barrel sections at low tide. The right is kind of like an easier version of Backdoor, if there is such a thing. At high tide it becomes an incredible performance wave, like Trestles on steroids. We surfed our brains out and came in and had breakfast at what became our usual place, Fatmahs. Then in the afternoon we went and surfed Periscopes. It was the best right I have ever seen. This would be our routine for the next 2 weeks.
That same day I also got to meet a lot of the local kids. Waduha, Eka, Fajuri, Rasa, Rama, Rafi and I became good friends. We became the Nungas squad because that’s where we would surf and hangout a lot of the time. They were so nice to me and really welcomed me into their group. We played tops with tops they made out of wood themselves. They even taught me how to speak some Indonesian. I brought a football and taught them how to play. It’s just really cool to know that you can go anywhere in the world and meet nice people. I will never forget them.
Lakey Peak is an awesome set up, like a mini North Shore. You have Lakey Peak in the middle right in front of the Aman Gati Hotel. To the left about 200 yards is Lakey Pipe, a thick grinding left barrel and to the right is Nungas a long freight training left. They are all world class lefts, glad I’m a goofy foot. Cooblestones and Periscopes are outside of the Lakey village. You take some gnarly scooter rides on bumpy roads with lots of mud to get there. Some of the rides to Periscopes were almost as fun as the surf!!
During our two week trip we got some awesome waves. A couple days at Lakey Peak were solid 6-8’ with perfect barrels and it never got under 4’. My dad, a friend of ours named Pete Matthews and I even soloed Lakey Pipe three times trading off perfect barrels, it was unbelievable. I surfed Nungas a few times with my new Indonesian friends as well. Periscopes is the best right I have ever surfed. It is your typical Indo wave, you just see it peeling down the point in your direction and decide which one you want. It has good barrels and epic sections to hit the lip.
To say we scored good waves on this trip would be an understatement!!! Great waves with great friends..
Not only did we have unreal sessions in the water we also had some amazing experiences on land as well. One of the coolest things that happened was all my new friends gave me all their tops that they made by hand so I could play with my friends in Hawaii when I got home. The kids here don’t have much, there aren’t any toy stores so for them to give their tops to me was very special. I will never forget that. We also took the time to go by a local school. My dad and I brought school supplies such as crayons, markers, pens, pencils and goody bags from my sponsors Rip Curl , Vans and Sun Bum for the kids. My dad is trying to teach me you can’t go to these places and just take, waves or whatever. You need to give back. The kids were sooo stoked and I loved it as well. Makes you feel good inside. It doesn’t matter what you give, just try to do something.
I had a fantastic trip, unbelievable waves, met great new friends and learned a lot along the way. Traveling is a great way to learn about people and yourself. I think if we all were a little more friendly, helped others when we can and take care of our planet we would all be way better off. And if you can get sick barrels along the way even better.!!!
Thanks for letting me share.
LAKEY PEAK SO GOOD YEAH