During the last few years, there have been murmurs of endless barreling lefthanders somewhere in Angola. Two weeks before Id left California in September 2013, some video footage surfaced on the internet that would seem put to rest any doubt that there are world class waves to be found somewhere out there in the desert. I was dressed head to heel in the red earth of the Congo when I finally emerged at the border with Angola and before long I found smooth tarmac guiding me south. I bush camped my way across the north of Angola. Costs were shocking upon entering Angola even well outside the capital city of Luanda. Food in a restaurant of any kind could generally not be had for less than $20 and even very modest accommodation was $60 at the least, both of which were far beyond my daily budget. So it was that I arrived in Luanda a few days after crossing the border still caked in my Congo mud crust and with Dyna Rae sputtering from some bad gas poured from plastic bottles. Fortunately Id met some other riders who lived in Luanda and had been following my trip on the web. In fact, their letter of invitation was key to my getting a visa to enter Angola at all. My hosts, Hugo and Alvaro, put a gin and tonic in my hand nearly before I got of the bike upon arriving at Alvaros restaurant inside the Villa Aruajo Resort. The food and drinks kept coming, courtesy of Alvaro, as we had endless discussions about bikes. Alvaro rides a KTM 530 and Hugo just got a Honda XR650R, both of which are much lighter and with about 20 more horsepower than my humble machine. Alvaro is a new addition to the Angolan enduro racing circuit and is currently running in third place for the year. A pang of desire hit as I ripped around the parking lot on Hugos barky, aluminum framed XR. It was difficult to keep the front wheel in the ground. Not that I would ever stray from my girl Dyna Rae; she is my rock steady, reliable, and strong, but it sure is nice to look around sometimes. Alvaro put me up in a room in the air-conditioned office of the restaurant providing me a much-needed reprieve from long days on the road. I washed my clothes, swam in the pool, cleaned Dynas filters, and Alvaro even had a pressure washer to give her a good scrubbing. Id gone from bush camping to luxury accommodation. ADVrider hospitality takes the cake again. Difficult as it was I finally tore myself from the comfort of Alvaros place to head south, I was ready to find some waves again. I found some beautiful spots, but my timing was poor and there was little swell in the water. Its amazing how within a few days of riding this little machine beneath me, Ive moved from jungle, to plains and then to desert landscapes. As the air became drier to the south, the lush vegetation melted away and was replaced by rocky outcrops and low shrubs cut by sandy arroyos. If I didnt know any better, I could easily mistake this landscape for the north end of the Baja peninsula of Mexico. Riding out to look for surf in the Angolan desert feels a bike like riding to the end of the earth. The landscape is vast and desolate and laid to waste for extraction of resources beneath the surface. Angola is rich in petroleum, iron, and diamonds and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but despite its abundant natural resources, output per capita is among the world's lowest and subsistence agriculture provides the main livelihood for 85% of the population. Growth is almost entirely driven by rising oil production. After independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola was ravaged by civil war between 1975 and 2002 and is still rebuilding infrastructure. Per my usual routine, after breaking my camp and orienting myself I went for a first exploratory venture looking for surf where the landscape told me I was most likely to find it. Each point of land held enough of a wave to keep me enticed to keep moving forward and see what was breaking on the next one. It reminded me of another excursion long ago. When I was five years old, my brother and I went on our first adventure. It was up a winding creek bed behind our house. The banks had been steeply incised to create an earthen corridor with tangles of roots spilling out the sides. Our parents had no idea where we were and I knew that we werent supposed to be wandering off down a creek, but it was just too much fun to resist. Every time we rounded a bend, I would think to be satisfied just to see what was around the next one. But then there was another one ahead. On we went for hours until our parents were in a panicked state wondering where we were and called the police, landing my brother and I had in plenty of trouble. The same driving feeling of needing to see what lie just ahead on the next point or section of reef was undeniable as I motored along these tracks all day in the Angolan desert. The tracks crisscrossed in every direction and with no indication of which way to go, the best I could usually do was to try to stay close to the coast. Sometimes that worked well enough and other times it landed my in a dune field that I certainly couldnt traverse with my bike fully loaded and would be forced to backtrack. In sand, you really have to keep moving to not get stuck. So sometimes you just keep powering ahead in the hope that the loose sand will firm up ahead soon enough. Enthusiasm to see what was around the next bend once again got me in too deep. Fully loaded and running high tire pressures, I was no match for the dune field that had covered the track. It was an hour of digging in the heat to get myself unstuck. When I finally managed it I made a retreat to the nearby town for a rest and a cold drink. At a street side café a curly haired guy approached smiling and said, Hey, you must be Gary. Nuno has been living here away from his home of Portugal for the last eight years and is the only surfer living on this stretch of the Angolan coast. He serves as kind of a de facto host for traveling surfers. Some friends in Luanda had let him know that I was headed this way and it wasnt hard to track me down in this tiny town. I was more than happy to have someone to show me around the surf and keep me from getting stuck in dune fields. I spent the night sleeping in a hammock on Nunos patio and the next morning we surfed a shoulder high lefthander peeling onto a craggy urchin-encrusted reef. I hadnt had any surf since Point Noire and I was super stoked from my first wave. Nuno was less lucky this day: he broke his board in half and got a foot full of urchins. The little bit of swell in the water died after that, but there was another swell approaching the following week. I pitched my tent out at as desolate a campsite as I ever have found and waited. There were no trees or any shade whatsoever, so I balanced my board on top of the bike and spent most of the days cowering beneath the shadow that it cast. The fishermen came and went, the wind stirred and calmed, and the tide rose and fell, while I held steady at my little dessert camp. I spent couple more nights in the hammock at Nunos place and we surfed some micro waves at a nearby beach. This is going look rad. People are going to think I'm awesome. Oops. Maybe not. Then the much-anticipated swell arrived. I loaded Dyna up with water and provisions, got some instructions for where to head from Nuno and headed off into the desert for the week in search of the endless sand bottom point breaks. After a few wrong turns on the desert tracks and crossing the edges of a few dunes I found what I was after craggy black headland with a head high lefthander peeling along the sand. The wave was fast and long, with the section ahead of you always seeming to stand up taller than the one and you were on. It had had you constantly looking for the highest line you could find to get a few pumps and make it to the next section. If you made all of the sections, you earned yourself some burning thigh muscles and a half-mile walk back up the point to do it again. The landscape was desolate, beautiful, and brutal. Sandstone mesas capped with harder rock were flanked by dendritic badlands in the distance. Flat coastal plateaus spread forever above jutting points and crescent beaches. The wind here is always offshore, but it never stops which ultimately wears on you being exposed all day long. When the wind was at its strongest, it would blow waves of sand across the beach that that would get into absolutely everything. After ever so carefully setting wind blocks and covering my pot to keep the sand out while cooking, Id note my failure with the extra crunch to my pasta. My solace from the wind and sun was a single overhanging rock wedged into the sand dune made of the same shell rich conglomerate as the headland that formed the point. The good thing about the wind and the desert was that my broken tent was no longer an issue for insects. More woes on the gear front though as my sleep mat exploded. My board bag is now my bed. I actually kind of like it. I spent five days racing along those watery walls in the desert in utter solitude. On the last day a pod of dolphins put on one of the most spectacular acrobatic wave riding exhibitions Ive ever seen. A subsequent effort with a few guys to reach a further flung wave beyond the dunes proved challenging. I motored back to civilization with my stoke reservoir refilled and once again very grateful for the kindness of folks that Id met along the way.