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Fourth Wall Nias

Maybe you saw pictures of waves like this one labeled “Nias” and described with some amount of hyperbole. Adjectives like “perfect” and “empty” made the China Airlines spring airfare special and the requisite hustle through bus and ferry stations in 100-degree heat feel like kind of a bargain until you arrived, zinc-coated, with your board underarm, and realized that the wave described with some amount of hyperbole was in fact a slab of near-dry coral, unrideable for all but the most brave and desperate to escape the pack of 40-plus surfers on the actual peak—just around the corner from the wave described with some amount of hyperbole. Photo: Kevin Voegtlin