We’ve managed to make a few appearances in various media outlets over the years, and sometimes not just for surf-trip related things. Check out a few of them below:
We recently began running a series of ads in Tracks Magazine, one of the biggest surfing mags in Australia, to promote our boat trips. Our goal with these ads was not only to show killer waves or the amenities of our boats, but also to show as many of the various aspects of what a boat trip with us entails. Though traveling to Indo is becoming more and more popular, it’s still very much an adventure and an exotic trip for almost everyone. We wanted to show what makes our trips special, beyond just scoring sick waves, and hopefully this is conveyed in these ads. They seem to be getting a very good response, so hopefully you’ll enjoy them too. Click on the images below for the full sized images of some recent ones, and we’ll keep refreshing them from time to time so keep an eye out for new ones.
Back in 2004/2005 after the devastating quakes and tsunamis rocked Northern Sumatra, Scuzz was the first charter operator to survey and provide relief to the many remote villages we visit on our trips. These efforts continued for many months, and proved to be a catalyst for other charter companies to join in and pool their resources to help these people out. At the time, we continually posted updates of our relief missions and the heroic efforts of many involved on our website, and since taking the links down we’ve gotten several requests about how people can read these stories. So, back by popular demand, here is the first update which we provided in December 29, and you can follow the chronological links to the many updates that follow. In the later updates, you can read about how we’ve “adopted” the island of Bawa, and have constructed a “pig proof” fruit and vegetable garden, thanks in large part to donations from the Wooleigh School (Scuzz’s childhood alma matter). Since the updates, the garden has flourished, providing a sustainable source of food and future source of income. Anyway, hope you enjoy the read – thanks!
When the destructive waves of the 2004 tsunami hit on December 26, Scuzz’s first thoughts were with the many friends and families he’s met throughout his many travels to these islands. Without hesitation, he opened up his bank account, filled our boats with supplies, and started surveying and providing relief to the many villages that were devastated after the tsunami hit (and put worrying about how/if he’d ever recoup his funds on the back burner). To make a long story short, he was the FIRST person out there and kept coming back for MONTHS until he felt confident that they villages were in a stable rebuilding stage.
We are not a non-profit; we are just a small business that tries to do the right thing. Scuzz decided to act first and ask for donations later. When donations did start coming in, the funds were put to use RIGHT AWAY, and we could provide a detailed, item-for-item account of exactly the dollars were being spent. We all learned a lot about how “non-profits” really work, and what it takes to get things done in time of crisis. Scuzz continually did WHATEVER necessary to get things done, and apparently someone was paying attention. As many readers know, one of the biggest surfing publications in Australia is Tracks, and every year in their annual Yearbook issue they announce their “Surfer of the Year”. And in 2005, someone lesser known to the global surfing world but every bit as important won that award: our own Chris “Scuzz” Scurrah.
You can read a bit more about the award and the write up here by clicking the image below. You’ll also see that shortly after the award was announced our friends at Balin featured Scuzz in an ad as well.