Brothers chasing that perfect wave

ROAD TO ADVENTURE: Matt and Jordan Fallander on a true quest of discovery in Panama. They found out walking on beaches could be spoilt by high tides and traversing cliffs was far more difficult than taking the road. Photos: Contributed
ROAD TO ADVENTURE: Matt and Jordan Fallander on a true quest of discovery in Panama. They found out walking on beaches could be spoilt by high tides and traversing cliffs was far more difficult than taking the road. Photos: Contributed

ANGOURIE twins Matt and Jordan Fallander found out trusting your instinct could be hit or miss on a recent surf trip in Panama.

Jordan said they wanted to go to Punta Mala, a good wave they had heard of, but missed their bus stop.

The boys ended up in up in a small village, Playa Venado, where instinct told them to walk along the coast.

"We looked for a cab, but it was too expensive and wanted the adventure," Jordan said.

"We didn't know how far it was and knew it would be at least a day walking.

"Going along the beach took ages; it took us three days to go 10km."

Jordan said they carried their boards over cliffs and through dense bush.

"We followed the coast because we didn't know if the highway would link up to where we were going," he said.

"We had to walk through so much bush, we made the path.

"We took about eight litres of water, and ate oats and rice."

Although they never made it to Punta Mala they did find their own left-hand break.

"It was sick," Jordan said. "It had a soft take-off that moved into a barrel section. But it needed a bigger swell in a different direction."

The boys thought they were set to camp out in front of their own wave, only to run out of water.

"We went for 10 hours without water," Jordan said.

"We found a property, and knocked on the door. The guy was a bit suss because it was so late.

"He realised we were just tourists and let us fill our water bottles."

After making their way back to the highway, they hitched back to Panama City and spent the week recuperating.

Topics:  camping, outdoor-living, surfing

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