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Island Explorer: Surfing, Sailing and Exploring beyond Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands
 
 

Island Explorer: Surfing, Sailing and Exploring beyond Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands [Kindle Edition]

Dan Scheffler
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Do you want to sail to pristine islands, untouched coral beaches and flawless tropical surf? Board the Island Explorer and join a group of surfers in a quest to find perfect waves away from the crowded shores of the known world.

Join the journey through Sumatra’s jungles, across volcanoes and along chaotic roads, through isolated villages and temples to the fabled Mentawai Islands and beyond.

As the ship drifts deeper into the wilds, its occupants gradually lose their connection with the “real world” and start existing in their own dreamland.

But the future becomes uncertain when the captain jumps ship and the stand-in skipper slowly becomes unhinged in the tropical heat.

"As with most trips, if everything goes according to plan, nobody wants to hear about it. Definitely not the case here. Great story. Wish I had been there." - Elliot Malach

"This is a good one to bring with you on a trip to Indo." - The Waterman's Library

"Well written, this book brings you inside a surfer's world. You can feel the waves, smell the ocean and experience an adventure many never dream of. The descriptions of Indonesia are brilliantly amazing." - Book Lover Rome

About the Author

Dan Scheffler lives just outside Cape Town, South Africa with his wife and son. He loves rough travelling, mountains, surfing and the sea. He is a doctor in general family practice, but tries not to let work interfere too much with his surfing. When the Cape winters get cold or the Southeaster howls incessantly in summer, he escapes by writing about wild places and tropical trips. Island Explorer is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2179 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480211168
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trippy Books (5 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096Q8VV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Scheffler lives just outside Cape Town, South Africa with his wife and son.
He loves rough travelling, mountains and the sea.
He is a doctor in general family practice, but tries not to let work interfere too much with his surfing.
When the Cape winters get cold or the Southeaster howls incessantly in summer, he escapes by writing about wild places and tropical trips.

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By Gerhard
Format:Paperback
This is clearly a book for surfers or non-surfers. It is for those searching the undiscovered perfect wave, but also for those who always want to know what is around the next corner (be it behind the next island or over the next hill). I consider myself to be the latter having done a fair bit of roughing it around the globe, always curious to see what lies beyond the horizon and loved reading this story. Travel expectations are not always met 100% and this book portrays that reality which is what makes life and this book interesting. It goes well beyond travelogue, asking those tricky questions of how to balance a "settled life" with your explorer spirit be it through surfing, exploring one step beyond the obvious, or even sitting through horrendous bus rides.
The book is sprinkled with sometimes fleeting encounters with quirky characters without boring the reader with unnecessary details. I found this book a very pleasant read - guts and all: honest, soul-searching and ponderous at times, with regular touches of humor that remain on the right side of over the top. Recommended reading for a weekend away - just the right length for those who presently don't have time to sit around for weeks on sunny deck in the tropics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Island Explorer 17 Mar 2013
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Even a land-locked couch potato like me is familiar with the surfer's quest for the perfect wave and can get some vicarious thrill from this story of the author's search through the islands of Indonesian on such a quest before many of the places he went became well known in the surfing world. As someone who likes to know a little bit about a lot of things, even things I'm unlikely to ever do, the surfing part of the story was interesting, entertaining, and even educational. Beyond the surfing adventure, there were plenty of lessons to be learned from Scheffler's experience about life's tradeoffs (sacrificing in one area of life to meet goals in another), the balance of work and play, and an inspiration for those of us who dream about quests of our own.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 15 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of Tom Anderson's surf-travel books - 'Riding the Magic Carpet' etc - so I thought I would give this one a go. It certainly got off to a good start, and although I've had to put it aside for a bit while work takes over (don't you hate it when that happens), it's definitely worth a look if this is your thing.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Farewell to Uncrowded Surf 24 Nov 2012
By Elliot Malach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not just for surfers. It is entertaining, funny and informative.

Nothing is routine. Even getting to the boat was an adventure for the author - the bus trips were a hoot. The crew onboard the boat was a mix of typical aggressive, macho surfer, easy going surfer, inept and just plain crazy. Anything less would have been a drag on the story.

As a surfer, I've had salt water drip out of my nose on plenty of occasions, but not as a med student leaning over a patient in a hospital bed!

I learned quite a bit about Indonesia. I had no idea malaria was still that big of a problem; that the word "Boogie Man" was derived from one of the tribes inhabiting the islands; that black dog tastes better than white; and that some tribes used the pincers from ants to stitch up wounds.

And it is true that the pro surfers are the worst when it comes to wave etiquette and pure enjoyment of being out in paradise catching a few waves.

As with most trips, if everything goes according to plan, nobody wants to hear about it. Definitely not the case here. Great story. Wish I had been there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, interesting story. 1 Mar 2013
By The Waterman's Library - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Surf trips are the stuff of romance. Once the surfing bug bites you, it only takes a video or a magazine article featuring empty, perfect, tropical barrels to further fuel the stoke and plant the seeds for exploration. All too often, however, surf trips fail to live up to our expectations, or least they don’t until years later when the memories soften and near-death experiences become humorous anecdotes. Dan Scheffler’s new book— Island Explorer: Surfing, Sailing & Exploring Beyond Sumatra & The Mentawai Islands — is an unvarnished look a the author’s multi-month surf excursion aboard the Island Explorer. Reading like a candid journal, Scheffler describes both the heaven and the hell one finds on tropical trips. Perfect waves he can’t quite surf with confidence, crystal clear water providing an unfiltered view of razor sharp coral, idyllic yet mosquito-infested jungles, and island hopping aboard a lurching vomit-inducing boat. It’s all a study in contrasts. Not surprisingly, Scheffler’s journey both fuels as well as tempers the stoke. What you do with it is up to you, but I’m feeling the need to travel. This is a good one to bring with you on a trip to Indo—after all, it seems like you’ll have plenty of down time to read. More reviews at The Waterman's Library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Island Explorer 17 Mar 2013
By BigAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Even a land-locked couch potato like me is familiar with the surfer's quest for the perfect wave and can get some vicarious thrill from this story of the author's search through the islands of Indonesian on such a quest before many of the places he went became well known in the surfing world. As someone who likes to know a little bit about a lot of things, even things I'm unlikely to ever do, the surfing part of the story was interesting, entertaining, and even educational. Beyond the surfing adventure, there were plenty of lessons to be learned from Scheffler's experience about life's tradeoffs (sacrificing in one area of life to meet goals in another), the balance of work and play, and an inspiration for those of us who dream about quests of our own.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Surfers & Travelers 3 May 2014
By Marigoldsnzinnias - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must admit that I have never surfed, but I was drawn to this book because of the island locations. Dan piqued my interest in those far away places and descriptions of the people he met. Along the way I did get a bit of a basic understanding of the call of the surf, not enough to go out & try & learn at my age, but to appreciate the joys that those who search for that perfect wave, achieve.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfing and a lot of adventure 9 Nov 2012
By Lavish Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Travel memoirs are my bookish kryptonite. Living vicariously through the words of lucky travelers who bravely head out into the world, I really do enjoy reading about the adventures of others. Frequently I can picture myself heading out myself on a similar excursion, visiting ancient ruins and relaxing in small Parisian cafes. Occasionally, however, I run across a book where the trek is so crazy exotic and extreme that the book manages to fascinate me and scare me to death at the exact same time! Those books, the ones that take me WAY beyond my own personal comfort zone, are often my favorite. Such is the case with Island Explorer by Dan Scheffler.

Nowadays Dan Scheffler is a family man and general practitioner living in South Africa. There was once a time, before the responsibilities set in, when Scheffler left everything behind in search of adventure. What he found was a four month sailing excursion through South Asia all in search of the perfect wave.

Island Explorer is most definitely a surf book, however a vast majority of the book is actually all about the journey sailing to the waves and the colorful cast of misfits Scheffler encountered along the way.

What drew me into this book was the travel adventure that took place out of the water. Starting with an excruciatingly long bus ride with the locals, Scheffler headed off to rendezvous with a sailboat after seeing an ad in a surf magazine that read "Wanted: Six guys with guts." Once he arrived at the boat, the next four months included trying to dodge real-life pirates, being abandoned by the captain, and sharing a bunk with newly hatched family of baby scorpions all while trying to stay healthy in a place that was at least two days travel from a decent hospital. From a first mate that is going "troppo" to malaria-carrying mosquitoes, Scheffler details the mundane in poetic detail.

Now to be clear, I am not a surfer. I have actually never been on a surf board in my life! Due to my own limitations on the subject of waves, I truly didn't understand a lot of the surfspeak such as breakers, right-hander, set waves, cascading lip and open faces to carve. I'll defer to the experts to review the surfing passages in Island Explorer, although let me say that several of the surfing experiences in this book sounded REALLY scary/brave/cool to me.

If you are a fan of adventure travel, Island Explorer delivers. And although this book is a book about surfing written for surfers, it is the journey that shines through.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Great quote: "No matter how many travel brochures I look at or how many holiday pics I see, tropical sunsets continue to captivate me. When the sun is in just the right place, the golden glint on the leaves of the palm trees transforms the skyline from a mere hint of what lies beyond to a brilliant facade for just a few moments. My imagination magnifies that picture in to a wonderland. And then that fleeting glimpse is gone but for the memory of it in my mind." (2369/2849 which is what my ebook says instead of page numbers)

I received this ebook complimentary from the author in exchange for an honest review but the opinion in this review is all mine.
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