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PHOTOS HOME BY LEWIS SAMUELS

Locals hadn’t always had an easy time scoring boards. As the story goes, during the early years of the Mentawai surf boom, an anonymous boat captain strictly forbade his guests from giving surfboards (or even pieces of broken boards) to the local children. His logic was, “Give them a board now, and they’ll be taking every wave off us in 10 years.” It’s not worth delving into the imperialist, racist undertones of that statement. But it is interesting to track the genesis of localism in the Mentawais. For the most part, the lineups are a bizarre, controlled experiment in crowd dynamics. During the surf season, almost everyone is a blow-through. The real locals, meanwhile, have mostly remained passive as frothing tourists paddle circles around them. But some resentment is starting to peek through.

Competition for limited resources is more apparent when it comes to Internet bandwidth. In recent years, Facebook-mania has swept through the ranks of resort workers. Instead of tipping employees with surf gear, guests are bro-ing them out with old iPhones. There are plenty of waves to go around, but it can be damn hard to get your piece of the satellite bandwidth pie during lunch. Frequent status updates keep the staff informed as to what’s happening on the other side of the resort. In that respect, despite its world-class surf and geological volatility, Kandui is much like any other modern-day surf town.

Toward the end of our stay, the swell finally came up. All the other expats were working or gone. As the lone westerner in the lineup, it was interesting to see what local surfers had chosen to take from surf culture, and what they’d left behind. From a certain perspective, they’d assimilated quickly, adopting the look and lingo of western surfers. They’d rapidly picked up fundamentals of technique from watching videos. But the way they interacted with each other in the water was totally different. They still approached waverid-ing like it was fun. Silly. Ridiculous.

They laughed at every wipeout. They burned each other every chance they got. It struck me that when their local spots became crowded with tourists, the hints of displeasure I sensed might have had nothing to do with wave-lust. Instead, the locals were simply baffled by how f–king seriously westerners took surfing. All the macho posing. The grimacing and grunting as we hassled over waves. Why had we taken all the fun out of it? Perhaps we’d let surfing become a stand-in for the life-or-death drama that’s absentfrom much of western life. Mortality is more present in Indonesia. When you live on the brink of constant disaster, surfing becomes an obviously frivolous activity.

WORDS & PHOTOS BY LEWIS SAMUELS

Five of the Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis on the Market Today

You may be able to find proper footwear at your local shoe store, now that you know what to look for. However, these five styles are receiving high-marks among plantar fasciitis sufferers, and are likely to get your feet feeling good in no time. Please read short reviews about 5 best running shoes  For Plantar Fasciitis below

  1. Orthaheel Walker

Arguably, the best option today is the Orthaheel Walker, which is available in different styles and colors for men and women. As expected, this model is designed to be rigid enough to provide support, yet the rubber outsole flexes, for better gripping and traction. The midsole, is made of EVA, which provides optimal shock-absorption. The Orthaheel Walker is unique in that it was specially-designed by podiatrists, so it also has an orthotic footbed, which improves posture by keeping your feet and ankles in a natural position. Although they tend to be on the higher-end for price, coming in at about $100 per pair, they have hundreds of rave reviews and have enabled many people to do away with expensive orthotic inserts. On a side note, Orthaheel was recently rebranded, so different stores may refer to Orthaheel by name, some may say Vionic with Orthaheel Technology, or others will call them “Dr. Weil Shoes.” All three names come from the same company, and utilize the identical technology, but are used interchangeably throughout their product line.

  1. ASICS Nimbus 16

The ASICS Nimbus 16 seems to have gathered a cult-following on Amazon, securing well over 1,000 awesome reviews and gaining a near-five-star rating. As with the Orthaheel Walker, both men’s and women’s versions are available, and the cost is comparable. However, the Nimbus 16 relies on gel to provide shock absorption, and it’s incredibly effective. The footwear also boasts a “heel clutching system” which works similarly to the Orthaheel Walker’s orthotic footbed, and offers solid arch support. True to the ASICS brand, the Nimbus 16 is slightly more fashionable, with vibrant color options available, in addition to standard muted tones.

  1. ASICS Kayano 21

The ASICS Kayano 21 almost has a near-perfect rating on Amazon as well, and the design has hundreds of outstanding reviews. It’s more of a hybrid between the Nimbus 16 and the Orthaheel Walker, which means it’s priced about $20 more or so per pair. However, for small price variation, your get the primo aesthetics of ASICS, paired with even better arch support. The “Guidance Trusstic System,” as the company calls it, is a plastic bridge that provides air space in the arch. It makes the shoe stronger and more stable, and also improves how you step.

  1. Saucony Kinvara 4

With a slightly lower price-point than the others mentioned here, starting at around $80, the Saucony Kinvara 4 still manages to deliver comfort. Like the Orthaheel Walker, the Saucony Kinvara 4’s midsole is made of EVA, so it provides ample shock-absorption, yet is still lightweight. It’s also designed to center your foot, so pressure is evenly distributed, and your gait is more natural. It comes with a four-star rating, and hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon. It’s a good choice if you need the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, but you’re on a budget, are looking for a starter pair or want a back-up on hand.

  1. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15

Also available in styles for men and women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is an excellent choice as well. This particular model is on the higher end for price, but it delivers for the added expense. The running shoes have what the company calls a “Segmented Crash Pad,” though sometimes people refer to it as a “Caterpillar Crash Pad,” because the bottom of the shoe is divided up into smaller sections, which almost resemble a caterpillar’s legs. By integrating this unique design, the Adrenaline GTS 15s have impeccable shock-absorption, but still provide great flexibility and gripping. The shoes have a rounded heel, which reduces impact further, and they also have adaptive-cushioning in the midsole, so they’re very comfortable and peppy.

How to Choose the Right Generator

Whether you like it or not, when your household during a power outage, consider a generator, fuel consumption, and some other features. For most households, it is a powerful energy that can be accessed are available. Having a portable generator is a great investment for the preparation of an emergency power outages and also to dial up the quality of a tailgate party with video and audio on a widescreen TV. Buying a generator is just the beginning. Many models do not come to these parts that you think should be included in the price. And some may let you down when you need them most or place an increased stress on the device. This article will give you the details about it.

Appropriate capacity

You have the ability to easily determine by what you intend to offer you hope to run dien.Neu generator through your home during a power outage, you will need considerably more than at present. Check the computer capacity to determine how much the extent you need. It is important to take into consideration that at launch, many electronic devices need more current. Thus, the peak power price on your generator must be higher than your computing needs. Most experts suggest a production unit 4,000 peak watts or more for household applications.

Reliability matters

Generators are often sold by capacity. Count rated wattage provide a mean power for most of the equipment and devices to help you to tally your needs. All test generator meet the basic requirements of their capacity. The manufacturer also makes claims rose a higher-capacity for extra strength needed when refrigerators, air conditioning and pump cycles on.

How to choose

Decide what you really need to power. In addition to eliminating the risk and trouble of wiring, switches and power protection devices from damage when the power comes back grid and keep the generator from endangering technicians work on the power lines. Besides, take the initiative to find intelligent features. Most portable generators in our tests turn itself off when the engine oil is low. And fuel breaks on all petrol sample testing allows you to run the engine to dry draw air out of the fuel system to keep it to pollute if it reduces parts during storage.

Safety

Powering too many devices will go circuit breakers of generators, causing power outages. Make sure that releases are in evaluation capacity of the generator; Most power switch makes it easier by showing the power level. Use generators outdoors and far away from home, away from doors, windows, and anywhere else air enters the house. Never run it in a basement or garage; even with the garage door open, it can endanger everyone in the house.

Finally, above all you must understand what you are powering the first step to choosing the correct generator.

 

Choosing a yogurt maker

Although the use of a yogurt maker is very simple, and also appeared several models on the market today. Have you wondered about how to choose good machine?? The maker of the best yogurt often fluctuate cheap and simple to use, making the whole process of making yogurt takes less time. The preparation required for a short time. It takes about a couple of hours to ferment. Just like cheese, yogurt need live bacteria. You can choose between different models available on the market. The best is the most reliable equipment, affordable and reliable on the market. This guide will help you choose the right product Yogurt Maker.

Type

The logical choice is always simple and easy to use by the manufacturer provides. You will find different types of devices on the market but also so that makes you wonder difficult choices. here are those that allow producing fresh cheese, sour cream and butter. They also offer a different kind of pots and regulations, so you have to choose about what is compatible your needs. There are many kinds which do not use electricity instead of hot water to warm the milk to ferment. This type consume less to no power, thereby reducing power consumption. You can also observe the fermentation process because it can see through lid. Select a machine with a single bottle if you want to make yogurt on the way and then select the manufacturers with more, but less than average if you want to make yogurt with different flavors.

The number of pots

If your family uses a lot of yogurt, you’ll need a big one. Each product comes in two different configurations, which are served small cups with different sizes. Calculation of yogurt are eaten in a day and see what’s best for your family. Consumers often choose depending on the total amount of consumption of yogurt every day and in what works for your family. There are a wide range of brands of items that provide different capacity.

Timer

Another important factor that should be considered is the time required to make yogurt. Different devices need different amounts of time in the fermentation of yogurt because it will help you save energy. The amount of time needed for various fermentation processes. Usually yogurt is made at night, then in the morning so as not to be too sour and then cooled in the refrigerator for 12 hours.

The product has always been the number one thing that you should consider before buying different brands offer different prices. Be sure to choose carefully with affordable prices and reliable quality.

Cost

Oscillations with prices from $ 15 to $ 200, just to spend a lucid corresponding amount by reference quality brands and models, but offers the same performance as that of others with a Lower price. All products are guaranteed. A yogurt maker is a device that is simple and cost mainly related to brand image.

Episode five borrowed boards Mentawais

It’s a feeling. I experienced it first in ’02, a sweaty cocktail in hand, as I stood in a friend’s apartment on Maiden Lane overlooking the pit where the World Trade Center once stood. I felt it again in Kuta in ’03, stumbling drunk near dawn past the fence that hid the charred remains of the Sari Club. I sensed it in Nias too in ’05, walking across the vast shelf of uplifted, bleached-dry coral toward the wrecked foundations of buildings I once knew. It’s a mix of displaced feelings, I suppose. Equal parts nostalgia, helplessness, world-weariness, futility, and dread–an impotent shame tempered by a hunch that the best we can do for the dead is to remember them as we move on with the job of living.

I felt a shadow of this feeling again as my wife and I stepped off the boat and walked toward the postcard paradise that is Kandui Resort. The Northern Mentawais, including Kandui Resort, had been spared again, but a day’s sail south whole viilages had been erased by a tsunami in November. We were a stone’s throw from the first place I’d touched my feet to sand in Indonesia, almost 15 years past, before these surf spots even had agreed-upon names. That first day, I’d swam in from our commandeered Indonesian fishing boat, already yearning for dry land. The island was uninhabited then, save a floating fishing shack that rested in the bay. Some children paddled over in a dugout; I sat with them on the beach and tried to explain where I was from. Judging by their blank stares, the words America, USA, and California meant nothing to them. I drew a globe on the sand and tried to diagram the distance between us.

In the following years calamity accompanied me to Indonesia on an annual basis. When I first began making the pilgrimage to this volatile archipelago in my late teens, I’d been hypochondriacally anxious about the disasters that might befall me. But after a dozen odd trips, I’d come to the conclusion that while calamity struck Indonesia itself quite consistently, my role had been limited to that of witness. Each year it was something new–economic collapse, political unrest, terrorist bombings, viral outbreaks, earthquake, tsunami. These islands rest in the deep end of the pool–the dark water in which “real” life is lived. In the States, we cling to the illusion of control. In Indonesia, we are forced to make peace with the truth–our days tick by at the mercy of forces greater than ourselves.

I’d been back again in ’05, living with the local Mentawaian construction workers as they built Kandui Resort with the guidance of its owners, a small group of Hawaiians and Californians. We’d spent a month swatting mosquitoes and sweating around their rough-hewn table next to the outdoor campkitchen. In the charcoal darkness we’d talked of the founders’ dreams for Kandui: a modern Tavarua, a place surfers could bring their wives, a solution to the skewed economics of boat charters. For years the money had sailed right past the locals, all the cash going to western charter operators with crewmen from the Mainland. While other resorts imported Javanese labor, Kandui took the more expensive and time-consuming route, teaching local people to build. While other resorts hired Javanese graduates from tourism schools to interact with guests, Kandui taught the Mentawaian workers how to speak English, drive boats, and tend bar.

Five years on and most of these dreams had been improbably realized. Kandui Resort was booked to capacity throughout their season. A small, dedicated year-round surf community had sprung up on this once-deserted island, comprised of working ex-pats and local employees. During the season, these regulars shared lineups with an ever-rotating phalanx of visiting surfers. But we’d arrived in the off-season. The resort was devoid of guests, and charter boats were scarce in the wake of recession and tsunamis. As my wife and I enjoyed the empty lineups and settled into the social dynamic of the island, we began to feel like the two newest cast members on some surfing version of Lost.

The de-facto leader of this rag-tag group of castaways was Ray Wilcoxen, a hardcore Long Beach surfer who sold his house and threw his life savings into Kandui after falling in love with the Mentawais. Priorto moving to Indonesia, by far the longest lasting relationship in Ray’s life had been with surfing. His second longest lasting relationship had been with dogs. Women had placed a distant third. Ray was a self-admitted “stereotypical bachelor … dogs on the bed, trash everywhere in the house.” He’d never had a live-in girlfriend, and no romance had lasted even a year. Meanwhile, he’d spent decades saving up money working as a refrigeration repair man, punctuated by yearly trips to Tavarua and Puerto Escondido. Ray lived on the North Shore in 1978, but he hadn’t lived and breathed surfing again until he pulled the plug on the rat race and bought a chunk of Kandui.

Ownership has its perks, but I found Ray right where I had left him five years ago: hunched in the sand, sunburned, sweating, trying to sort out wiring issues. We chatted as he diagnosed an electrical short in the outdoor lighting. As Kandui’s primary surf guide, Ray had spent the resort’s first years literally sleeping in the restaurant–last to bed after the late-night drunks, first to rise with the dawn patrollers. Then he met Jenny, in Padang. After finally dedicating his life to surfing and surfing alone, he ironically married for the first time in his 50s. A son, Dylan, soon followed. The family built a house up the point, toward Ray’s beloved Rifles. He now commutes to work on a jet ski–the whole family, including two dogs, hopping aboard for the trek across the lagoon.

Somewhat incongruously, a desert island proved to be the easiest place I’d visited yet to borrow boards. Directly next to the restaurant stood a board shack, racks bulging with 50-plus sleds. Many of them had been left by visiting surfers. The concept of borrowing boards took very little explaining, as most of the local employees don’t “own” boards per se–they simply borrow boards from a collective, guest-donated quiver labeled “staff.” I’d left some boards there myself, years ago. Before arriving, I’d idly wondered if I’d be able to find and borrow one of my own old boards, but they were gone.

A few of the locals I met five years ago still worked at the resort. Among them was Soja Lase, who grew up in a family of fishermen a few islands north of Kandui. Unable to compete with factory-style long-lining boats, they’d begun practicing some not-so-environmentally-friendly fishing techniques out of desperation. The resort’s owners had provided Soja with a new means of supporting his family. In addition, they’d introduced him to surfing. Soja was barely able to stand when I’d last surfed with him. In the years since he’d matured into a stylish, explosive regularfoot.

Soja was happy to share some of his favorite staff boards with me, including a 6’0″ JC, a 5’10” carbon fiber fish left by Dave Rastovich, and a 5’5″ Mayhem round-nose fish that technically belonged to Chrissy Garcia, one of the resort’s expat employees. Chrissy’s diminutive boards were lusted after by the slight staff (and myself). After three months of borrowing oversized boards from oafish Europeans, I was overjoyed to get my hands on equipment nearly identical to what I rode at home.