When it comes to getting barreled in the surf with a kite, this sector of the sport has long been dominated by an all-star cast of male athletes establishing the gold standard. This fall, Jalou Langeree put together a trip to the birthplace of the barrel that broke a decade-long gender vacuum that has existed within the green room.
When the Mauritius stop of the GKA Surf Tour was canceled, Jalou lined up an Indonesian barrel hunting mission with friend Catharina Edin, photographer Ydwer van der Heide and last-minute tagalong Olivia Jenkins. No stranger to Indo, Jalou was hoping to make up for the lackluster wave quality on the surf tour this year and Catharina was looking to step up her surf game. Stuck in the no-swell doldrums of summertime Maui, Olivia was scouring international swell maps for potential forecast-based strike missions and discovered Jalou’s plans over social media. Olivia purchased a last-minute plane ticket, flew out the following morning and the three converged on a peaking swell so large that Indo’s barrel machine was closing out in the channel.