Jason Polakow's Cocos (Keeling) Trip

Duncan Slater

As featured in the February 2011 issue of BOARDS Mag, check out this movie of Jason Polakow’s calamitous trip to sail the break off Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands…

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2750km NW of Perth and 900km WSW of Christmas Island. The main atoll comprises 26 islands encircling a horseshoe-shaped lagoon. This is Australia’s smallest and most remote National Park.

The Islands sit right in the firing line of large southwest swells that rise up from Antarctica and travel towards Australia and Indonesia. Cocos experiences two main seasons that tend to overlap: the trade wind season from April / May to September / October and the calmer doldrums season from November through to April.

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