The Wild World of Mowgli

Adventure is calling and I won’t make it ring twice.

Thanks for checking out the Mowgli in the Wild journey. Im Mowgli, A.K.A Michaela. I’m just your average surfer chick with an above average knack for adventure. Come along with me as I search for some of the world’s best waves by motorcycle through Indonesia and beyond.

Make yourself at home here! You can learn more about me, get updates from the road, check out some beautiful images and videos from my travels and get amongst the heart of my search for new trails, beautiful waves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Where’s Mowgli?

Where’s Mowgli? Muddy and stoked in the Mentawai Islands.

Somehow I’ve made my way to the Mentawai islands. The Mentawais are a remote island chain off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia’s North. I’m staying with a local surfer girl, Intan Talia in her home on the island of Sipora. As the mentawai islands are riddled with world class waves, yet still slightly isolated, …

The Trip

Indonesia is home to some of the best waves in the world. Its’ culture is vast and unique, each island differing from the next in native language, religious beliefs and traditions. These things coupled with an absolutely stunning landscape make it the perfect frontier for a trip for a wild surfer girl traveling by motorcycle.

My trip will begin on June 3rd in conjunction with international Ride Sunday. I’ll be helping to lead a group ride to raise money towards a local Balinese charity as well as my chosen charity, RAINN. (For more info, see my blog on Ride Sunday here)

And then I’m off to the open road! The trip will be broken into two parts:

On Part of the trip 1 I will travel east from Bali to Lombok and Sumbawa, surfing, trekking and adventuring my way through to my favorite wave in East Sumbawa, Lakey Peak. Here we might see me trekking up Lombok’s picturesque Mt. Rinjani, surfing waves like Desert Point, Kuta Lombok, or Lakey peak, all while checking out the beautiful cultural sights on offer.

For Part 2 of the trip I’ll be headed West. From Bali I’ll ride into to the wave and culture rich Java.  I’ll surf waves like Batu Karas, Cimaja, and Pacitan, before heading to Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta to hang out and ride with the Elders Company crew. From Jakarta I’ll head to Sumatra, where I’ll hit up the incredible waves in Krui before finishing off my trip in every surfers dream destination – The Mentawai Islands.

When I leave Bali, all bets are off. I’ll let the road and swell charts lead me to my next destination, hoping to let adventure be the compass that guides me through this beautiful archipelago.