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Aber mein ganz persönliches “Abenteuer Schweiz” ist auch schon bald vorerst mal wieder zu Ende… Reply Sara August 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm Pascal, thanks for telling your personal truth on the surf destination! ! I am an intermediate surfer, who likes to stay in the “comfort Zone” but wants to get as much surf as possible travelling alone from from mid september on till february. It is so hard to Plan a Trip when all the blogs and guides are written by semi-pros or Surf Camps. Do you have an advice on which route i can catch intermediate waves (even when it’s mostly off seasons f.e. in Pamama) . Just afraid to go to a country where there are mostly expert spots. Was thinking about to start in Nicaragua ( Now Not any more 😉 ) down south as far i can get. Reply Elizabeth August 19, 2016 at 1:15 am Awesome! Can I bring my longboard on the train? So I can take train Colombo to a bay then a bay to weligama area (and are the other beach tuk tuk from there?) I only have 2 wks. Thanks! Reply Pascal August 20, 2016 at 8:15 am Should be all right with the board on the train. for sure not the easiest thing in the world, but as they are used to trains with more people than space, one big surfboard won’t make much of a difference. Reply Elizabeth August 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm So I’m planning a backpack south east trip. I have a 9’0 performance longboard. I plan to surf some but also do other activities. Will it be a pain to bring my board? It seems like it would be hard to get one there. Or maybe I could sell it there? Thanks Reply Pascal August 20, 2016 at 8:18 am Of course, it is not easy with such a board. I guess the main problem would be the flights between islands, as the often don’t take the boards, if there is a lot of other luggage! But I would try it anyways. It should be easy to find short boards and shitty longboards for beginners, but if you want a high performance longboards…I don’t think you would what you need. Reply Clifton Pieters October 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm So I’m gonna be in Maputo for a week. Will have some time to surf during the day. Dont want to drive to far away. Whats the best option for a kooky intermediate surfer? Reply Pascal October 19, 2016 at 10:24 am Hey Clifton, To be honest, I don’t know hot easy it is to find waves close to Maputo. I’ve heard rumors, that is is possible to take a boat to Inhaca, and that there are some waves. But as far as i know, this is quiet a mission. Would be a hell of a trip, but i don’t thinks it would be quick and easy. If there is swell around, Inhambane is a pretty safe bet, but is a bit of a drive. Im sure there are some waves in the Xai-Xai District, but i don’t know anything about it. If you go and find out, I’m happy to hear your story. Reply Surf Lessons in Costa Rica October 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm Spain is such a beautiful place! I did not know about surf spots there, but with this information without doubt I’ll add it to my list of places to visit in the world. I love your blog! Reply diluka sathsara December 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm woo thats good Reply Sam January 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm Wondering if car rental is worthwhile and if you would need a 4×4 to access the quieter breaks? boat prices seem worthwhile if it saved you money from renting a car yet you could still get to the less busy waves thanks for the input Reply Pascal March 16, 2017 at 8:09 am Hey Sam, it depends where you want to go, and if it was raining much. But in many places, you can do it without a rental car, and just take a driver for going from one place to the next. BUT it you’re with a few people to cash in, and just rent on for the whole length of your stay, it would make life more comfortable. Reply Natalie March 23, 2017 at 12:07 am Very helpful review, thanks heaps! Reply emanuele February 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm tavola rotta oggi con onde mediterraneo…. 3 ft… Reply Kevin April 9, 2017 at 10:28 am Question, if you’re a solo traveler, what would be the best way to find a group of people who is heading to the mentawais? Any particular forums or places in Indo where people meet up? Maybe somewhere in Padang? Reply Pascal September 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm Try this Facebook group: https://web.facebook.com/groups/892920784191139/ Reply Sam April 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm I bought one. Broke in half after 3 months. The damage started with cracks going side ways. I contacted them and I did get a new sent for free. Surf it for 4 weeks. The same kind of cracks are starting again. Same spot. Around the middle.inam quite disappointed. False marketing Reply Pascal April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am Hey Sam, I had to update the post, as things changed after it was online… I feel with you ;( Reply Pingback: One board quiver - Thefreesurfer.com and surfboard monogamy Nai May 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm I bought my first Lib-Tech (ShortRound 5’10”) last year and after 3 weeks of surfing it started to delam and got a lot of pressure dings. I returned the board and got a new one – anyway, after 7 days surfing the finbox broke + 3 big pressure dings. So I returned again and got now my thrid one; but unfortunaley the nose has a transport-damage. Really disappointing. However, I really like the idea of the “technology”, but the marketing is just b'”l*sh’*t. I would not recommend anybody to get one of these sticks. Unfortunately, I would not recommend these boards! Reply Julian September 19, 2017 at 7:40 am Did you contacted libtech directly for warranty or how did you managed it to get a new one returned? Have the same delamination and pressure Ding problems after just 4 weeks in Indonesia with my brand new short round. So frustrating… Reply Pascal September 21, 2017 at 2:35 am Hey Julian, Naruki in Bali told me, he has seen this many times. These boards probably like tho cold water better?! Try to get in touch with Libtech through the contact they’ve got online. But this can be frustration too! It’s still a surprisingly small company (what I like), and not many people there do customer service. It took me a while to get to talk to them, and it was a mission get it replaced! I brought it to the distributer in my country to check it out. And a lot of back and forth, before they said my board had some manufactured errors (it also cracked surfing only small waves). Good luck, and I hope you still like your board and have fun with it?! Reply Pingback: Is The Search still alive? Über das Suchen und Finden von Surfspots Franklin Meneses June 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm Heading to Montañita in a week, just wondering how hard it is to visit different breaks without a car, any advice would be appreciated. Reply Pascal June 23, 2017 at 1:32 am You can surf the reef, plus the beach. There are often various peaks at the beach. To go to other places, take the local bus. But it’s easier to go somewhere and stay a few days in a place. Good and less/ uncrowded places up and down the coast. Reply Justin June 21, 2017 at 8:59 pm Thanks for the review. I just broke my puddle jumper lib tech in 5 foot surf. Only got maybe 80 waves on it total and only used it in small surf (5 feet or less). Lame! I have had ultra light poly boards last much longer and in bigger surf. Disappointing. Reply Petter July 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm I have had a puddlejumper for a year and mine came with a spot of not hardend epoxy. Got som money back and kept the board. Brought it on a three month trip and it workt well untill it delaminated under front foot. Got it fixed and surfed it for a month more and now I have several cracks on and around the rails, the board is yellow and there is some strange soft spots on the deck that looks like the glasing have been sanded away. Quite worried! Like the puddlejumper shape alot!