To me, the whom matters more than the what.

By Special Guest Kendrick ‘Jimi Kendrix’

I spent my first month in Southern India sweating like a glacier in global warming. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to visit Darjeeling until I overheard a fellow traveler announce, “Oh, I just came from Darjeeling. It’s so cold there!”

Hopping off the train I soon realised, as is the case with most of my travels, that I had no idea where to go. A westerner! A blond westerner in a purple tank top. He’s sitting on a backpack and drawing random somethings in a notebook. Definitely approachable.

Stefan looks at me in the eyes with an eager friendliness, “Yeah, we hear the train to Darjeeling is shut down – we’re not sure how to get there either.” Australian. At least I’m not the only one. “Well listen. I’m here with three others

– you’re more than welcome to stick with us until we sort this out. What’s your name, mate?”

Such would be the pleasant tone of our three memorable days together. In Darjeeling we shared, sipped, and surfed tea. I could not have asked for better company.

Jonno, Stefan, Campbell, Smithers – You work well together and you work hard together. And your work is good. I’m sure my high expectations for this series will be exceeded. Thanks again for having me.




The Surfing 28 States crew would like to thank Jimi Kendrix for rolling with us for the past few days.We were psyched to have a 5th crew member and share some hilarious and memorable experiences from the San Francisco legend.


One response

  1. Thanks guys!

    November 22, 2010 at 6:29 AM

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