After the inspirational MOVE, EAT, LEARN travel video we cover another travel trinity. This time from the perspective of more active sporty travelers who embarked on a cycling and surfing adventure across Indonesia which they named: EAT, SLEEP, SURF.
What’s better than combining two passions: bicycle touring and surfing to explore the island country of Indonesia!
Rian Cope and Dylan Brayshaw were two ordinary 20-somethings from Australia, working normals jobs, and living relatively normal lives. But in the year 2009, these two young men gave it all up to cycle across Indonesia and surf at some of the best surf spots in the world. While cycling, surfing, and discovering a whole lot about themselves and the people of Indonesia, Rian and Dylan shot a ton of video footage, which was later turned into a 4-part documentary series titled, “Eat. Sleep. Surf.”
Bicycle Surfing Adventure
At the start of their adventure, neither Rian or Dylan were big cyclists, but both were extremely passionate about surfing (or what some others would call “boogie boarding”). So, when they read a book listing some of the best surfing locations around the world, they noticed that several of these world-class surf spots were located in nearby Indonesia. Then one night, After a few quite drinks, Rian Cope and Dylan Brayshaw decided to cycle and surf their way across Indonesia, one of the most terrorism inflicted, natural disaster prone, surf rich and culturally awakening countries in the world. And that’s how Eat. Sleep. Surf. was born!
The boys plan and prepare their trip for 18 months before they take off to Banda Aceh in search of perfect waves. Their 3-and-a-half month-long bicycle surfing adventure takes them over 2800 kms on their bicycles across the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Similue, Nias, Sipora, Java and Bali.
From the get go, the boys experience a huge culture, physical and mental shock of what it takes to pedal and navigate their way through a predominantly third world and Muslim country.
Rian and Dylan come face to face with the volcano Mount Bromo and the Sea of Sand, monster reef breaks in Lagundri Bay, the Mentawai Islands and Grajagan, off road madness through the villages of east Java, earthquakes in Cimaja, a school and hospital for orphaned children and all the highs and lows that come with the experience of travelling across an unknown country with your best mate!
A Bicycle Touring & Surfing Documentary
The resulting 2-Disc DVD series about their bicycle surfing adventure is truly entertaining. While the camera-work and audio mixing is far from professional at times, the editing is superb, the story-telling magnificent, and the lingering effects of the series are nothing short of inspirational.
You don’t have to be a cyclist in order to appreciate what Rian and Dylan do in Eat. Sleep. Surf. Nor do you need to be a hard-core surfer, ocean lover, or traveler of any kind. All you need to appreciate this series is a desire somewhere within yourself to do something big and seemingly impossible in your own life. Because in the end, that’s exactly what Rian and Dylan set out to do in Eat. Sleep. Surf. And after three-and-a-half months in Indonesia, that’s exactly what they did.
Eat. Sleep. Surf. is a magnificent adventure through the islands of Indonesia. It’s a story I’ll remember for quite some time, and by the time you finish watching it, I’m sure that you’ll want to do nothing else but jump on a plane and cycle/surf your own way across Indonesia.
– Review by Bicycletouringpro –
To pick up a copy of the 2-disc series or to learn more about Rian, Dylan and Eat. Sleep. Surf. – that great bicycle surfing adventure – visit their official website at: www.eatsleepsurf.com.au
Episode 1 – Australia to Asu
Preparation (Races, Doctors and Bike equipment)
Peter Neely Interview
Tsunami affected Aceh coastline.
Medan to Mt Sibayak
Lake Toba to Lagundri Bay
Interviews (Timmy and Mike)
Lagundri Bay to Asu
Episode 2 – Asu to Jakarta
Rural West Sumatran Villages
Padang to Mentawai
Hollow Trees and Lances Left
Krui to Bandar Lumpung
Episode 3 – Singapore to Pangandaran
Visa Run to Singapore
Remote waves of West Java
Cimaja to Bakukaras
Green Canyon to Pangandaran
Episode 4 – Pangandaran to Uluwatu
Pangandaran to Yogyakarta
Pactican Beach to Mount Bromo
G-LAND to Medawi, Bali
Kuta beach to Uluwatu
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