Ben Simon Smith

Crowd-Free Adventure in The Mentawai Islands

Crowd-Free Adventure in The Mentawai Islands

When you can pass up Macaronis to surf lonely Lance’s Rights 16 Sep 2021
Life is Good at Macaronis

Life is Good at Macaronis

A mid-Covid dash to the Mentawais proves fruitful for this Indo-based, Aussie surfer. 19 Aug 2021
Humbled by the Heavy Water.

Humbled by the Heavy Water.

When a session in South Sumatra reminds you of your mortality. 6 Aug 2021
Read: Hanging in South Sumatra

Read: Hanging in South Sumatra

COVID chaos, clean swell, and what it’s like to run a surf-stays business in Indo right now. 23 Jul 2021
Golden Topped Memories from South Sumatra

Golden Topped Memories from South Sumatra

What happens when the surf trip becomes a psychedelic ‘trip’. 8 Jul 2021
Window To Indo: Bali – Same Same, but Different

Window To Indo: Bali – Same Same, but Different

Returning to the chaos and temptations of Bali chaos after roaming the Archipelago. 25 Jun 2021
Window to Indo: When Being Surfed Out Is All You Have to Worry About.

Window to Indo: When Being Surfed Out Is All You Have to Worry About.

Occasionally caught inside by Indo lines and surfed out. Good problems to have right now. 11 Jun 2021
When a surfer gives up the grog

When a surfer gives up the grog

He turns to another addiction 5 Mar 2021
Kuta, Lombok and the Flood

Kuta, Lombok and the Flood

Roaming Indonesia in a time COVID. 18 Feb 2021
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