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Generally the province of sponsored young globetrotters, the Mentawais boat trip/photo shoot has become shorthand for surf corpo extravagance. Hitting a peak in the early double-oughts, some wave-adjacent anchorages looked suspiciously like the Palm Beach Yacht Show. This piece chronicles a different sort of situation. Meet our 40-something crew of extraordinary gentlemen: Tom Curren, Gary “Kong” Elkerton, and Mark Occhilupo. They brought offspring and understudies. On tap? Style contrasts, knowledge, and good times on the teak decks of the  .