Jim's been exploring the vast coastline of Indonesia since his first trip to Bali in 1977. Over the years since then, he's had the amazing experience of surfing many of Indonesia great waves such as Grajagan, Uluwatu and Desert Point by himself or with just a few friends.


In 2010 he launched the Indo Odyssey, a seven year journey of seeking out Indonesia's remotest and and most untapped waves and an attempt to recapture the amazing experience of surfing high quality waves with just a few friends. Using traditionally built, timber, Sulawesi style Phinisi Boats Jim scoured unknown coastlines from Timor all the way to tip of North Sumatra. He found many amazing waves and at times when he did venture ashore, often the villagers would confirm that they were actually the first to surfers to ride the waves in front of their village.


Currently, Jim's not running any of his own charters, but he's still available to run the occasional charter for small groups or for private surf guiding. If you have a group who are interested or would like to be kept in the loop for the occasional charter, you can contact us or subscribe below to our newsletter and we'll let you know if there any upcoming expeditions.



'I don't believe that buying a board should be a risky affair.


All my custom boards come with a performance guarantee. I'm only interested in building you a board that you absolutely love. 


If you feel that your board is not performing as good as you expected, I'll replace it for you or refund your money.'  


* Reasonable conditions apply.


Jim Banks

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