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Turning 73 and still surfing: Singapore grandpa travels regularly to ride the waves

72-year-old S'porean still chases the waves regularly at idyllic bay in Indonesia

Two flights across Sumatra and a 21/2-hour car ride later, I arrive in Sorake Bay, a small beach town at the southern tip of the Indonesian island of Nias.

The low-profile, laid-back vibe of the place, where tall palm trees and "losmens" - local lingo for hostels - dot the coast, is a stark contrast with the monstrous waves that make this one of the most famous surf destinations in the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Surf-crazy grandpa has no plans to slow down'. Print Edition | Subscribe