No Crowds…does it really exist??? Asu Campadmin2018-11-16T01:54:48+00:00
This is an article that Earl from Asu Camp wrote. His words really resonated, and I am re-posting word for word. Read on!
What do we mean when we say that you can surf Asu and our surrounding breaks with NO CROWD? As the world surfing population skyrockets, with surfers coming from nations that don’t even boast a single kilometer of coastline, can surf destinations like Indonesia really offer the same vibe that was found in the water 40 years ago?
Well, let’s define what a crowd is…
I have been spending a lot of time in Bali the last 2 seasons, surfing Uluwatu with maybe 100 heads lined up almost shoulder to shoulder from the Racetrack up to Temples. I have spent many sessions down at our famous neighbor Lagundry Bay, Nias with 40 people on a takeoff the size of a helicopter pad. I have surfed Mundaka with more than 60 people in the water, Pipeline with 40+…the list goes on. I am familiar with crowds and in my opinion a crowd is a defined by multiple people paddling for the same wave. A crowd is a group of surfers, sitting shoulder to shoulder, yet not recognizing one another, not respecting one another, not lining up to share the bounty that the ocean delivers. Why? Because let’s face it, most of us are in this for ourselves, many of us on our dream trip of a lifetime and trying to make the most of it. Some of us just think that we surf so good we have the right to these waves over others that don’t surf so good. Some of us just plain don’t understand the basic principles of the surfing code and brotherhood and sisterhood that goes with it.
At Asu, we find that the adage ‘bad roads bring good people’ most often rings true. We are far, it takes a lot of time and effort to get out to the Hinakos. Not as much as it used to, but still, we are off the beaten path. So that means that most of the surfers that come all the way out to our neighborhood are here for the same thing. Sharing a truly good vibe and sharing the bounty.
The lineup at Asu is normally 0-10 people. Most of those people know each other’s names and have established a relationship at some level, they are not pretending that the other doesn’t exist, they are not wearing blinders so that they can pretend the guy sitting 1m to their inside isn’t there to catch the next set wave that comes in.
Ours is a lineup of respect, of sharing, of caring, basic human principles that can engage each of us on the same goal, to have fun and share waves. So when we say that we don’t have crowds out at Asu, we mean that you are most likely to find yourself surfing with 4-10 other like-minded surfers. We also have 9 other breaks in our area, that we surf mostly by ourselves when we take the boat out. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pulling up to an empty lineup.
So, if you’re keen to catch that feeling of what it was like to surf Indonesia 40 years ago, before the hoards of surfers invaded Bali and the big name spots with well trodden paths and cheap accommodations, then give Asu Camp a try. Come and feel the peace in our place, share the bounty that exists in our lineups, and make meaningful friendships with kindred spirits who from the great reaches of our crazy connected planet, find themselves sharing waves with complete strangers turned friends.
Asu October Magicadmin2018-10-19T19:34:05+00:00
Looking for some late season magic! Indo is still firing. Asu Camp is holding perfect late season lefts (and rights) and you should go!
Asu in Septemberadmin2018-09-15T04:56:21+00:00
Earl is begging you to come surf with him! Literally…
Earl over at Asu Camp is making a last minute push to get some people to come out and visit him and surf some epic lefts (and rights if the conditions permit) and he is really slashing prices down to get you to come surf with him. Let’s go! Remember the classic film “September Sessions” filmed by Jack Johnson in Indonesia back in the day? Go watch it and imagine yourself surfing uncrowded, aqua blue, warm water waves far far away…
Availability for Asu in September and October:
The Sunrise Room in the Big House available for:
September 17th – 27th
Two 2 person bungalows available for:
September 25th – October 5th
October 21st – October 31st
Sunset and Sunrise Rooms in the Big House available:
October 14th – October 31th
These dates can easily push into November as well if conditions continue to produce quality waves.
$850.00 USD for 10 nights/11 days – (normally $1250.00 USD)
Get in touch with Josh Mulcoy and he will make it happen!
Earl’s Updates – Asu Camp April 1stadmin2018-04-03T16:04:37+00:00
Here is an update from Earl over at Asu Camp. Super stoked to see all the progress he has made as he works his ass of in the jungle. Check out the photos as well. If you are interested in heading over to Asu please let me know, I would love to make that happen for you.
The new camp is coming along really well. We’re done with the Big House and received our first 2 guests from West Australia already. The new digs are so comfortable, spacious, and just so nice to be in a clean new space.
It’s so quiet at night with the new generator house so far away in the back of the property, just the sounds of the waves out front and the breezes through the coconut palm leaves.
The new bed frame designs with the fans inside the mossi nets is great, with shelving right by your head to keep your stuff at easy access. Sleeping is a dream.
The new land is amazing and it’s already starting to feel like home. Picking out new coconut trees for hanging hammocks. Just beginning the big job of landscaping, planting new trees and flowers, making new paths, just letting the way we live on the land direct the flow and adapting to the new space. That goes for furniture too, we’ve moved in the bed frames, but we’re just working out what we need and where, so we’ve brought out a furniture maker to do some custom shelves, cabinets, tables, and chairs.
The new kitchen and dining room are almost ready too!! So stoked!! We got a 50” TV for the new space to be able to put up the days pics over dinner or watch a movie, got a computer hooked up to it too with a hard drive full of movies and a speaker system flowing tunes all day and the same great food, cold coconuts, and fresh juices.
Building in Indo has been full of lessons in patience, new techniques of building, challenges, obstacles, and successes. We have been pretty blessed with good weather, so that’s been great. We’ve had 4 different teams of builders on the site so far, the Nias culture is super family centric and a bit transitory, so it’s hard to keep Nias people out here on Asu for a long time, they long for home and family, get cashed up, and flick off for a new scene… It can seem challenging at first, but it keeps bringing in new crew and fresh energy which has proven to be a good thing too.
We’ve been scoring some early season waves. January was exceptional with great weather and back to back SW swells. I spent February in Bali looking for furniture and finishing products like window coverings and light covers. There’s nowhere in Indo like Bali for finding creative home furnishings, everything the people make there is inspired with love, art, and craftsmanship. It’s just another level beyond the poverty and necessity that inspires most things here on Nias. And March has been pretty flat, some small waves out front and now that I have guests we’ve been getting really fun waves over at Bawa. But the flat spell was good for me to put my head down and get the camp ready for the first guests.
We’re optimistic for a great season. So far the weather has been really nice with light and variable winds, lots of sun, and just a bit of rain now and again. We’re anxious to see the Indian Ocean light up with the first swells of the season.
Asu True – Earl Reportsadmin2018-01-18T17:55:21+00:00
Just got an email from Earl at Asu this morning. He is alone on the island working on the new camp, says its oil glass, and a small swell building which occasionally happens in January over in Indonesia. Said he will surf on the push of the tide and will surf all alone… While the North Pacific goes nuts (Mavs is huge right now) Earl surfs chest high Asu all alone. Think I might like to be with him right now. Photo is not from today…
Asu Camp Videoadmin2017-04-29T05:30:04+00:00
Earl just sent us this epic little video he just finished up from Asu Camp. Season has already been producing! Tom is going back! You should give it a gander and think about planning a trip to the uncrowded lefts (and rights!) of Asu Camp. Let’s Go!
More Updates from Asuadmin2016-11-21T21:03:00+00:00
Asu Dreams via Earladmin2016-11-21T21:03:02+00:00
Winds looking favorable at Asu this coming chunk of time…
Earl sent me this photo today of some classic Asu lefts roping down the reef.. Let’s go!