Ben Simon Smith

The emptiest Mentawai season in 20 years – Part 3

The emptiest Mentawai season in 20 years – Part 3

Trouble in paradise and returning to Bali 20 Aug 2020
The Emptiest Mentawai Season in 20 years – Part 2

The Emptiest Mentawai Season in 20 years – Part 2

Just you and a mate roaming the Playgrounds 13 Aug 2020
The emptiest Mentawai season in 20 years – Part 1

The emptiest Mentawai season in 20 years – Part 1

Jungle treks to empty lineups and waves too isolated to get hurt on. 30 Jul 2020
Dangerous shore breaks and mushy shakes in Bali

Dangerous shore breaks and mushy shakes in Bali

Magic-infused Bali moments, in a time before COVID 24 Jul 2020
Perfect beach breaks and dealing with the consequences in Dakar, Senegal

Perfect beach breaks and dealing with the consequences in Dakar, Senegal

Painful interruption to an African adventure. 10 Jul 2020
The Canary islands – Where a 6’0 will never be enough

The Canary islands – Where a 6’0 will never be enough

Big barrels, and benders with the Russians, on the island of Lanzarote. 3 Jul 2020
Two Months at Lakey Peak During COVID-19

Two Months at Lakey Peak During COVID-19

A lucky few have been scoring in Indo, but you still have to be ready when the swell hits. 24 Jun 2020
Broken boards and tepid hostel romance in Sagres, Portugal

Broken boards and tepid hostel romance in Sagres, Portugal

Searching for surf and self-understanding in Iberia. 19 Jun 2020
Perfect points and enticing curves in Ericeira, Portugal

Perfect points and enticing curves in Ericeira, Portugal

Tantalizing possibilities for the journeyman surf-scribe. 12 Jun 2020
Beach breaks and beat downs in Hossegor, France

Beach breaks and beat downs in Hossegor, France

It was all going well until we crossed the border and hit the bars in San Sebastian. 4 Jun 2020
Scary sessions in G-Land

Scary sessions in G-Land

Dope gurus, smoking barrels, and yoga calamities – the jungle camp is full of surprises. 22 May 2020
The surf trip turns train wreck in Bogota, Colombia

The surf trip turns train wreck in Bogota, Colombia

When in Columbia do as the Columbians do, but there will be consequences. 15 May 2020
The surf trip gets messy in Montanita, Ecuador

The surf trip gets messy in Montanita, Ecuador

The futility of revenge is revealed to our soul-searching journeyman 8 May 2020
Shaman and Plant Medicine in the mountains of Ecuador

Shaman and Plant Medicine in the mountains of Ecuador

What really goes down on a South American Ayahuasca retreat. 30 Apr 2020
Barrels in Lobitos – Big nights in Mancora

Barrels in Lobitos – Big nights in Mancora

Desert tubes and after-dark decadence, in another part of Peru 24 Apr 2020
Long Lines and Good Times in Chicama, Peru

Long Lines and Good Times in Chicama, Peru

There are plenty of things to get addicted to in Peru 17 Apr 2020
Surf and Tinder in Punta Hermosa

Surf and Tinder in Punta Hermosa

Playing the field in Peru, in a time before Covid 9 Apr 2020
Nyepi in the time of Corona

Nyepi in the time of Corona

Bunkered down in Bali for the annual day of silence 3 Apr 2020