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Big Wave Ocean Surfing

Oct 15, 2009

Location: Underway to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
Author: Kevin Johnsen
The southern Indian Ocean has a reputation for being a bit rolly. Since leaving Bali we’ve come to learn this more and more. Now that we are almost half way across, the ocean has decided to have a bit of fun with us. By midday the swells had picked up to a consistent 4 to 5 meters. The crew has been practicing their down wind helming and surfing Argo down the waves. The down wave speed record for the trip hit 12.4 kts today. Although a shoulder workout everyone has been enjoying the intense steering and the occasional saltwater over the cap rail which kept everyone on their toes and in their foulies. As the day came to an end and the seas died down a bit, life aboard stopped for a short while to watch a beautiful sunset. They have been far and few between this voyage so it was especially nice to stop and enjoy the moment. As we sail into the night I am amazed again at what we do. It’s been four days out of Cocos and we haven’t turned on the engine once. Nor did we really use the engine since leaving Bali. We will sail completely across the Indian Ocean solely by the power of the wind leaving only a wake. There is something very cool about that.