Der er det at surfe en stor barrel, og så er der dette, surfe en stor barrel fyldt med skrald fra civilisationen.
Af Nick Sturm
Efter at have rejst i 24 timer i fly, bus og båd for at skyde billeder af en Javanesisk bølge var den amerikanske surffotograf, Zak Noyle, dybt chokeret over mængden af affald i havet.
Med sig havde Noyle en kendt indonesisk surfer, Dede Suryana, som på trods af affaldet droppede ned i et par, ellers velskårene, barrels. Det resulterede i disse afslørende billeder.
Noyle, der normalt bor i Honolulu, Hawaii, var taget på forretningsrejse for Surfer Mag, hvor han er Senior Surf Photographer, for at skyde nogle billeder af Dede Suryana.
Noyle sagde efterfølgende: “We travelled to a remote place in south Java, a 15 hour car drive from Jakarta, then a five hour boat ride. It was such a remote, apparently pristine location, I never imagined I’d find this scene.” Han tilføjer: “The trash included soccer balls, hundreds of Nasi Goreng noodle packets and green debris.”
“Occasionally when you’re surfing you see the odd bit of trash, so this was exceptional. Our boat was surrounded by debris, sitting right on top of the wave we had come to surf. The surfers were paddling through rubbish on the line-up. There was at least a miles worth.”
“Lots of trash had washed on shore, which was sad for wildlife, though the monkeys on the beach didn’t seem to mind too much.”
Overvældet af synet, fandt Noyle sig selv ukampdygtig over for mængden af affald.
“The ocean is the thing I love, so to find something like that was so sad. You wish you could do more, but we only had one or two bags to take rubbish away, we weren’t prepared.”
Overraskende nok, forstod de lokale bådførere ikke Noyles frustrationer.
“It just come down to ignorance, they’re not educated about the damage of trash like we are in the Western world: it’s up to us to give a good example.”