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Back in the day waves - empty, feral Desert Point

Desert Point © Bill Heick Family Collection




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Film tells the story of Desert Point’s discovery and the extreme crew who pioneered the place

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 April, 2017 - In the early eighties, while sailing in crude leaky boats off remote Lombok island in Indonesia, young California surfer Bill Heick and his friends stumbled across the perfect wave... a pristine barreling left reeling endlessly and empty over a shallow, live-coral reef.

As treacherous as it was beautiful, this motley crew of modern-day surf argonauts named it Desert Point for its dry forbidding nature. These pioneers kept their treasure off the map for more than a decade and made it their life’s mission to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible... no matter the cost. 

But Paradise comes at a price... a constant balancing act between the surfing dream and the very real possibility of injury, armed robbery, maiming, and deadly cerebral malaria. And when exploration evolves into exploitation, there comes a point when the pioneers become the protectors.



Ira Opper

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