THE SOUTH TO SIAN JOURNALS – CHAPTER 3
When International Director of Deus Surf, award winning photographer and hobbyist filmmaker Dustin Humphrey brought a hair-brained scheme to childhood mates, surf and bike enthusiasts Harrison Roach and Zye Norris, there were two things that they couldn’t comprehend: first, the good fortune that had graced them with such a life-changing opportunity and second, the sheer magnitude of the modern-day odyssey they were about to undertake. But without so much as a second thought, they offered their resounding assent. The idea was to journey by land and sea, bike, boat and board up almost the entire length of the Indonesian archipelago and, with a stable of boards, a pair of bikes and other bare essentials loaded into a decrepit Land Rover, their quest South to Sian began…
Harrison Roach presents a weekly ten-part blog series taking us behind the scenes of Deus ex Machina’s South To Sian, directed by Dustin Humphrey.
South To Sian: The Movie
From Lombok, heading west we chugged over a stretch of ocean in a car ferry bound for Bali.
After packing up our gear and leaving the heaving swell, Zye Norris and I each wore a handful of new “tiger stripes” on our skin. When you bounce off the reef during sessions like the ones we’d just had you tend to come away second best. The eventual scars would remain, testament to our time at the infamous wave, but wounds don’t heal and scar around those parts until you give them time to dry out. Attempting to speed up the process, we moved into the mountains to where the humidity drops with the temperature. Plain and simple, it was time to do some riding.
On the backside of one of Bali’s famous volcanoes there’s a sea of volcanic sand that seems to have been perfectly engineered for a motorcyclist’s entertainment. It’s a place full of two-wheeled terrain that excited the hell out of us when we saw it.
The first proper ride of our trip was one to remember, but it wasn’t until Agi Agassi rolled up that we really started to experience what the place had to offer. Agi is a great Indonesian rider with a love for custom two-strokes. He’s also as fast as a bat out of hell, and on his tour around the place we ate more dust than we would’ve liked. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t have been the same without him and he taught us a great deal. Local insight always heightens the experience. Agi showed us places that we could never have imagined existed.
And of course, the boys were there with their cameras to capture it all.
Written BY HARRISON ROACH
All photos: @anthonydodds
South to Sian
May & June ‘16
May 19th – Sound Museum Vision, Shibuya in association with Deus Residence of Impermanence, Harajuku
May 21st/22nd - The Green Room Festival – visit The Green Room Festival
Official Release Date: 1 July 2016