ᴘ ʜ ᴏ ᴛ ᴏ ɢ ʀ ᴀ ᴘ ʜ ᴇ ʀ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ɪɴ ɪɴᴅᴏɴᴇsɪᴀ ᴊᴏʜɴ@ᴊᴏʜɴʙᴀʀᴛᴏɴ.ɴᴇᴛ.ᴀᴜ
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It's been dumping heavy tropical rain on us for about a week straight out here in the Mentawai Islands. Howling winds have been whipping up the ocean to a state that's made for some very 'interesting' surf missions on the boats and we're starting to forget what the sun looks like. After a while though, you've just got to smile and try to enjoy what Mother Nature is throwing at you. Here's one of my boat drivers, @an_simaepa, trying to do just that.
Watch a film, save a culture, win a surf trip. Behind the scenes of all my Mentawai imagery stands the beautifully rich and fragile culture of the Mentawai people. Almost a decade ago a close friend, Rob Henry - creator of @asworldsdivide, left behind his career in the corporate world to go and live with the local tribes in the Northern Mentawai islands to learn and document their unique culture. Now his film is complete and stands at the centre of an education program that's helping to keep this culture alive. It's a must watch! Link in the bio and more info in the second image. #wafsac
Raisa is a local coconut farmer. He's from a village that's a 15 minute boat ride from our island but spends a lot of his time living here harvesting copra and often working as a porter to help us with our supplies. He speaks very little Indonesian and with my equally limited Bahasa Mentawai, our meetings are often restricted to a handshake and a simple greeting. Despite being intrigued by him, I still know very little about his life. It's another regular reminder about the many aspects of the unique culture out here in the Mentawai Islands.