We spent the last two days anchored off the southern coast of Simeulue. We were on a beautiful reef, with crystal clear waters, and we were the only ones around other than a small village of locals. There as a couple of fun reef breaks and I surfed head high rights both days, all by my lonesome. On each ave I could look down and see the reef perfectly clear in the trough below. The view towards the beach was jungle and palm trees and out the back was our sailboat and open. You could faintly make out the outline of Sumatra in the distance, 70 miles away. It was beautiful and what I’ve been dreaming about ever since I started surfing. I had a teak spear gun made while I was in Bali by Andre Spearguns, and I tried it out for my first time n the reef here. The locals had obviously been fishing this reef pretty hard for generations, and there weren’t many good eating fish to be had, but I took a couple shots anyway. I speared one coral trout t about 40 feet but he wriggled off before I could get a hand on him and slipped down in to deeper water. Today we’re heading for Palau Babi (Pig Island), which is uninhabited, and has much more exposure to southern swells, so both the fishing and surfing should be much better. It’s also Captain Jesse’s birthday so fresh fish are essential for the fiesta that will ensue. Posted from aboard the Obelisk using SailMail. ————————————————- Do not push the “reply” button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this original message in your response. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW message to: If you DO use your reply button, be sure to delete the original message text and these instructions from your reply. Replies should not contain attachments and should be less than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length. This email was delivered by an HF private coast station in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service, operated by the SailMail Association, a non-profit association of yacht owners. For more information on this service or on the SailMail Association, please see the web site at:

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