Reunion islander Adrien Toyon hit up East Indo for two weeks in March. If you haven’t yet seen his edit, check it out. He scored what looked like some super fun waves. We gave him a quick call to find out a bit more.
Hey Adrien, what’s wrong with your Creatures tail pad?
Uh, what do you mean?
Your foot seems to come off every turn...
Haha! Yeah, I need to have a word with them about that.
We also see you haven’t tried to narrow your stance since you got dissed on the comments on Stab?
Oh my caca tube stance… Hmmm, yeah, I guess it’s just something that comes naturally. Try not to be too jealous.
Who would you say has the widest stance out of you, Charly Martin and Naum Ildefonse?
Probably me. No, actually maybe Charly. Actually Charly’s got a bit better although his feet tend to point outwards. Naum, I don’t get to see him surf much so I couldn’t really say.
Was that your first time to East Indo?
Yep. Actually it was a bit of a nightmare to get to. I stopped off there on my way to West Oz for the Margaret River comp. We took off from Bali in the evening for a swell the next day but the plane had to turn back due to bad weather. I’d fallen asleep on the plane so when we touched down I thought we’d arrived. But no, we were back in Bali. We ended getting another flight 2 days later and of course out of the 7 boardbags that were on the plane mine was the only one to not come through. Anyway we finally got there and more or less had waves the whole two weeks we were there. In fact there’s a bunch of footage from the barrelling left I don’t know what to do with.
Nice, so what’s next now?
Well, actually I just got back from a month in Tahiti. A month of just getting barrelled at Teahupoo.
Joan [Duru] had planned to go and when I got back from Bali he invited me last minute. Who even says ‘no’ to a trip to Tahiti? We left from here together but I had to pick up some boards in Cali so I stopped off there and then met up with him again in Tahiti.
How was it once you got there?
Actually, I wasn’t really feeling my surfing while I was there. Couldn’t seem to do any turns and just as well really as I was just happy getting barrelled at Teahupoo. It's such an amazing wave. I arrived with a full boardbag and I flew back with none. It wasn’t even that big but Teahupoo is so powerful.
Did you get raked across the bottom much?
A little bit but nothing too bad. I guess there were a few that I got too deep on.
How big did it get?
The very biggest ones were probably 8ft. I definitely want to go back when it’s a little bit bigger. It’s kinda fun being a little scared. Having said that even on the smaller ones when you see all that water sucking up off the reef it’s frightening.
Did you film over there too?
Yep. I haven't got round to editing any of footage yet but I will put out a clip at some point.