Imagine, someone would tell you let’s travel to the other side of the globe to ride some world class waves! Would you go for it?? Timo Mullen went for it! He is extremely passionate about wave sailing and decided to travel from UK to Western Australia in October for only 11 days but it was worth it. He got a great swell with perfect wind and spent a great time with a few good friends in the desert. Watch Timo’s clip “Desert Rat 2”, edited by his bro Tam and read more about his special trip below the movie.
UK wave sailor Timo Mullen with wave windsurfing action from Western Australia
Interview with Timo Mullen about his trip to WA in autumn 2016
Continentseven: You travelled for a few days from the UK to Western Australia, correct? 75 hours (3 days) of traveling for how many hours windsurfing?
Timo Mullen: Ha ha no not quite as bad as it sounds, we went to West Oz for 11 days in total with 3 days travel time. I was traveling with Severne Team Manager Ben Wood who flew from Tenerife and Monster Energy Marketing guru Fredrik Plantin who flew from Sweden. Our flights all landed within an hour of each other so it was all pretty well planned for once. Hours windsurfing? Well quite a few, the break we go to is right out in the middle of nowhere so there is not much to do other than eat, sleep, windsurf and surf. We were wave sailing everyday from 11am until 6.30pm with not much down time for breaks, when you travel that far for a short break you really do cherish every moment in the water!
Continentseven: Was it worth it? Did you ride a few waves?
Timo Mullen: Oh man it was so so so worth it, we only scored one really big swell, then all the other days were pretty normal for that spot, normal is pretty much epic anywhere else! We had a few epic surfing days, probably the best surfing i’ve ever had anywhere, we were lucky that the swell coincided with a high tide so that made it a little bit more forgiving than the normal dry reef take off! Myself and Ben Severne sailed a break further upwind than the main break on the biggest day that was pretty gnarly, even on the high tide our fins on our quads were clipping the reef as we were bottom turning in front of mast high waves, that was really not fun, go to 02:01 to see that wave, you can see me clip the reef on my bottom turn!!
Continentseven: And how about the costs? How much did your short trip cost?
Timo Mullen: Our flights were pretty good, about 700 euros with Etihad then we paid an extra 200 euro for another 32kg of gear, so in total 55kg allowance which is perfect for a trip like this. We rent a new van for $800 Aus which included all the extra insurance for hitting roos and heading of the beaten track. Our pitch in the camp cost $500 and food, booze and fuel was about $600. All in I reckon it cost us each about 1800 euro, so 180 euro a day to ride perfect waves!
Continentseven: Who were your travel mates?
Timo Mullen: Mates???? Depends how you describe mates!! We pretty much tried to break each other at every opportunity going! Just kidding we are all very good mates, I travelled with Fredrik last year on a similar trip and then I have known Ben Wood through Severne for a few years, this was our first trip traveling together, to be honest we were the perfect threesome (apart from the ones we all fantasise about!) I was the resident chef, Ben was the surf guide and translator (Ben is an ex pat Aussie, who now lives in Tenerife) and Fredrick was there for pure entertainment and his snoring, anyone that knows Freddy will testify to this! We had an awesome time, one of the coolest lads trips I’ve been on. We usually meet up with the local crew there too, Scotty, Rob, Ben, Luke, JB, Renee, Jesper, Ben P and there is a cool kite crew up there too who all rip.