Surfers find paradise in Sumbawa

World title contender Courtney Conloque surfs in Sumbawa, Indonesia; Photo courtesy of Billabong

World title contender Courtney Conlogue surfs in Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo courtesy of Billabong

What do you get when you fly a gaggle of the world's best female surfers across the planet, send them bushwacking through the jungle, and deliver them to perfect, reef-lined barrels? "Sunburnt cheeks, noodle limbs, and a content, surfed-out grin," says Felicity Palmateer, who recently joined fellow Billabong team surfers on an annual surf trip, this time to Sumbawa, Indonesia.

"Indonesia is the proverbial playground of surfing and not surprisingly, the location for this year's trip," Palmateer tells GrindTV. "As most good Indo trips do, we started our journey on the Island of the Gods, Bali, where we then took a short flight over to Lombok followed by a not-so-short bus ride, ferry trip, and jungle bush bash to our final destination of Sumbawa."

Billabong team riders prepare to paddle out in Sumbawa, Indonesia; Photo courtesy of Billabong

Billabong team riders prepare to paddle out in Sumbawa, Indonesia. Photo courtesy of Billabong

In tow were world title contender Courtney Conlogue, Sydney native Laura Enever, Oahu's Alessa Quizon, Ellie Jean Coffey, team manager Megan Villa, Steph Single, and French carver Justine Dupont, who trekked across the region's arid, rugged terrain and pockets of tropical jungle to reach their final paddle-out point—one that definitely didn't disappoint.

"The waves are hollow and fast with razor sharp reef below—all the makings of a pleasure or pain experience," explains Palmateer. "When the conditions line up, it's postcard perfection—not a drop of water out of place." Watch footage from their trip here:


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