Skipper: Eric Foraker Addiction is Captained by owner/operator Eric Foraker. I grew up around the water and always dreamed of having my own charter boat. When I graduated from bodyboarding to surfing, it was clear that it would be a surf charter boat. That was the reason I attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy, my plan was to “ship out” until I saved enough to buy my own boat. But, after working on tugboats for a while and being frustrated with the surf on the East Coast, I went to Costa Rica and never went back. I came back from there and moved to California where I would work and surf every day. There I worked on long range fishing charters, whale watching, and tour boats. After a year living in California I decided I’d try to find a job on someone else’s boat, I couldn’t wait anymore. I came out to Padang and lucked out by finding a job as captain on Strictly Business. I worked on Strictly for 3 years and loved every minute of it, it was almost the perfect job, I scored unreal waves, met tons of great people, and realized that I really enjoyed showing people all my favorite places and reaping the rewards of seeing all the guys so stoked on the experience. I see so many memorable scenes and have so many awesome experiences, I look forward to trying to recreate them with my passengers. I always tried to think of a better way to do things. I met up with some like minded people who shared the same ideas as me and we decided to make our ideas into actions. This boat is what we would like to think of as the perfect surf charter boat: it’s fast, stable, safe, roomy, and has all the required luxuries to make us feel right at home.
Addiction’s chief mate, Geni, has over 10 years experience working in the Mentawais. I have worked with him for all my years on Strictly. Geni knows all the systems on the boat and is my “right-hand man” in the wheelhouse. He also is a pro at positioning the dinghy in the channel for the perfect video or photo. This is because Geni is also our photographer. He provides a very cost effective service that will give you 100′s of photos of your surf adventure of a lifetime.
Tony the chef is experienced in all types of western food and Asian-fusion type cuisine. It is a guarantee that his meals will be healthy and fulfilling. Anybody who does a surf trip on Addiction comes off RAVING about the food. The rest of our crew work very hard to ensure that your trip is a pleasant and hassle free experience that will be remembered for the good people as well as the great surf.
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