Be part of a once in a lifetime experience with two-time world champion Tom Carroll in the Telo Islands.
Based in the wave rich Telo Islands, the brand new Monkey’s Resort Indonesia opens its doors in August of this year. To celebrate, they’re offering guests a chance to be part of a very special experience with Tom Carroll.
Australian surfing royalty and two time world champion Tom Carroll is partnering with the resort to offer guests an intimate week long surfing masterclass to take place in the pristine and secluded waves of the Telo Islands.
As we all know, Tom dedicated his life to the surf, but he has also developed a strong commitment to maintaining a long, healthy and active life. Its this wisdom he aims to share with participants through a multi-faceted program aimed at emphasising the joy achieved from surfing, but also making sure you do it for as long as possible. Daily you’ll surf side by side with Tom in Indonesian perfection as he divulges his experience, his journey, his challenges, his successes and his key learnings. You‘ll learn how Tom develops and maintains a strong mind, body and soul that keeps him surfing at such a high performing level. He wants surfers to keep surfing and enjoying the ocean for life!
We sat down with Tom to find out more about the program.
Soul: So Tom, how did this all come about?
Tom: It really all stems from my own journey of maintaining my body. I’ve been working with a physiotherapist named Tim Dettmann to strengthen my legs before I went in for a knee replacement. He recently went on a surf trip and got to know the guys who were building Monkeys Resort. He did the groundwork, made the introductions and they were really excited to work with me in putting together this program for their guests.
I thought wow, what a great opportunity. Not only to spread the love of surfing, but also the knowledge I’ve gained throughout my career, not only in surf performance, but also fitness, maintaining and extending your surf longevity. And to be able to do it up there in the beautiful Telos, am I dreaming?
What is the premise of the program? What can participants expect?
It will mainly centre around fitness, both physical and mental, and caring for the body in order to extend your surfing longevity. We all want to enjoy the ocean and our surfing for as long as we possibly can.
The program isn’t fully developed at this stage, but I definitely have a framework which I will evolve and refine. And I do want to say straight off the bat that I’m not gonna force anyone to do anything, it’s all just an offer and guests can opt in or out as they wish.
Basically each day will start with an invite to participate in a light yoga session and meditation with me, followed by a morning surf then breakfast. This will be a relaxed affair and focus on pure enjoyment.
The second surf session will involve me getting a little more hands on in terms of coaching.
After which we’ll have lunch and go through where the guests are at with their surfing. Depending on their level of experience we’ll be looking at things like the way they’re getting up, their bottom turn, the way they set up for a wave. Throughout the week we’ll work on the aspects of their surfing I think we can improve on on together.
In the evening, I’d like to do another very light yoga session that will be more stretch orientated to loosen everyone up and cool down.
Hopefully we’ll have video capabilities, as I’d like to sit down after dinner and do some video analysis. This will also be the time where we can have light chats, talk story and the guests can ask me anything they like.
I’m also excited to talk board design with guests, and work with them on finding what I believe to be the right board for them.
I’ll be talking about nutrition, and other forms of approaching surf longevity. My partner will also be joining the trip and she’s really tuned in to essential oils and will be offering guests the ability to learn about that too.
One thing that is really important to me is keeping everything super relaxed and enjoyable. There’s no ‘have to’ or ‘must’ in the experience. It’s all just an offering and whatever energy you bring to it is great and appreciated. The person with the biggest smile on their face is the winner. That’s my driving force for doing it.
Speaking of longevity, how long do you think people can surf for?
I have no idea! It’s such an individual thing. I was inspired by the Hawaiian Rabbit Kekai. He used to hand me my singlet at the Pipe Masters each year, and he’d always give me tips before I paddled out – how the conditions were, where to sit in the lineup etc. I used to really listen to him and he was always just so spot on. I was blown out about how well he could read the ocean, he had such a great feeling for it. He surfed into his late 80’s.
There was also another Narrabeen surfer Tom Kirsop, he’s now over 90 and he’s still keen and gets out there on small clean days.
These are guys who enjoyed a long connection to the ocean and the lifestyle that goes with it. It’s really amazing when you think about it. It’s tricky getting from a lying down position to standing up at that kind of age, let alone riding a wave.
It speaks a lot about what surfing gives us in terms of keeping us young. This became really clear recently when I had my 40 year school reunion. All the people I went to school with are doing way better than average. Constantly going from that laying down position to standing up, using your balance and responding to nature, I don’t think you could do better!
What about you personally. What are you doing to extend your own surf longevity?
Well I’ve had to get myself repaired a bit. Friends always tell me I’ve been in the workshop. This last year I’ve had to get a knee replacement, and I’ve also had a shoulder reconstruction. So I’ve been out of the water for 10 of the last 12 months. It’s been a really challenging year. I had to just let go of surfing absolutely.
There’s been a lot of rehab, a lot of work outside of surfing and a lot of just life without surfing. So I’m just so frothing to get back. I’ve literally only just got back in the water. I’ve had four surfs and everything is feeling good.
So the guests are going to get a very excited Tom Carroll when they arrive?
Oh yeah! Ha! I do have a bit of a reputation that precedes me for dropping in, which I like to call sharing, and that’s a two way street. They’re more than welcome to drop in on me too! (laughs). Just joking, surf etiquette will also be a big part of the program, and yes I’m more than excited to be a part of it.
What’s exciting you about exploring the waves around the resort?
I’ve only surfed in the Telo Islands once before. That was way back in the early 2000’s when I was on the Quiksilver Crossing. I remember having some super fun waves up there, but if I’m being totally honest I can’t remember exactly which breaks I surfed. I do remember them not being as quite as abrupt as the Mentawai and a little bit easier going.
There’s also such a good variety of different breaks. I didn’t realise there were so many waves. It faces due south so it picks up all the available swell in the ocean, so it looks ideal. There’s lefts, rights and there’s even perfect beach breaks, which is a rarity in Indo. I’m pretty sure if you surf in that area you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun. Which is what it’s all gonna be about.
The Tom Carroll Experience at Monkeys Resort Telo Islands
Dates: Sat 1 September, 2018 – Sat 8 September, 2018
Where: Monkeys Resort, Telo Islands, West Sumatra
Cost: $5,000 per person Twin Share (Your own private Bungalow: $7,990)
Father & Son/Daughter Package: $3,950 each Twin share (aged up to 17 years)
- 7 nights/8 days in luxury air conditioned villas with ensuite
- 8 days surfing and being mentored by Tom Carroll
- 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited drinking water
- Airport transfers
- Transfers to the resort
- Boat transfers to surf each day
- Free gift – All adult surfer package bookings will receive a DHD surfboard (value up to $895)
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Photos: Alex Brunton