Inspired by the success of Mick Fanning, Joel, Taj and Kelly, all surfers reaching middle age, Chris Ward, at 36 years old, wants a second chance at the world tour. And now, currently in training and deadly serious, boosting airs as high as anyone, he is good enough to do it. Scary hand-grab air, Secret spot. Lombok, 2015. He made it. Photographed by Pete Frieden
Wives are odd creatures.
But then, so are husbands.
Especially pro surfer husbands. And that goes double for pro surfers who travel with their wives. Those long suffering wives who get to go to the most beautiful places on earth with nothing really to do other than be a part of their husband’s trip. So, in honor of these long suffering wives, and to gain insight into their thoughts, we offer to you the following pages from Michelle Ward’s Indonesian journal. Michelle Ward’s un-edited impressions from she and her husband Chris’s recent strike into the wilds of Lombok.
Despite its simplicity and grammatical disasters, it’s a lot deeper than it may seem. It reflects the supreme patience of these traveling women and their incredible capacity for tolerance. As witnessed in this piece of revisionist history about a trip with the great Chris Ward. Because as anybody that has been within ten meters of Chris Ward knows, nothing he does or thinks even remotely resembles a romantic vacation. The man can be as sweet as any of us, but is mostly, and in a strange way lovingly, a walking powder keg.
But that’s just not how wives and Mother’s see things… is it?