Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Papuan Children Wave Surfing with Victor Dykman at Abasi beach of Manokwari

I went with Victor Dykman and Anne Bijleveld this afternoon to Abasi beach of Manokwari. We wanted to watch how the Papuan children perform wave surfing. Although Victor and Anne had just arrived this morning, they showed their interest in seeing these Papuan children. We went there by ojek - motorcycle taxi. When we arrived at the front yard of Utrecht church, we did not see children at sea. So, I called some children to find the little wave surfers whom I met two days ago. It did not take a long time to see them coming with their wooden boards. The shops that sell standard surfboard do not exist in Manokwari so, they could only use their "wooden surfing boards" which actually were only some pieces of wooden panels. They did have any discussions about surfing techniques before going to the sea. It seems that surfing for them is a natural thing. Before going surfing, they stood in front of me and Anne for some photographs. I did not bring long lens camera, so I could only show you how these surfers holding their boards stood on together at the beautiful beach of Abasi.
The best time for wave surfing in Manokwari is between December and February. This is the 2nd  March 2011. The waves are getting weaker but still good enough for an afternoon sport. Victor said he really enjoyed wave surfing with the Papuan children. After doing or watching the "beach show," all of use enjoyed some fresh coconut juice hand picked by one of the Papuan surfer. by Charles Roring -
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Photos of Papuan children wave surfing at Abasi beach of Manokwari
Papuan children wave surfing at Abasi beach

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