Lindenbaum picked an area of the Mentawai Islands – located roughly 100 miles west of Sumatra – where the waves are favorable to expert and novice alike. The boys took lessons to gain confidence, while also getting a chance to see their dad live his passion. “They were proud of me,” he says, “and ultimately became proud of their own accomplishments.”
Working with Asia World Indonesia
, Virtuoso’s on-site connection on Bali, they were able to visit a typical family complex and meet local kids their same age. Jonah, who had learned about Nusa Penida (Bali’s “Black Magic Island”) on social media, shared his excitement with the on-site, who planned a day there with a private driver. The family easily made friends wherever they went, thanks to some basic Bahasa Indonesia they’d practiced using flash cards. “It enriched our experience immeasurably,” says Lindenbaum.
Bali’s eco-forward Potato Head Beach Club
was a real eye-opener: “They checked our bags, but not for weapons – for plastic!” Seeing firsthand how overconsumption affects our oceans inspired the family to reduce their plastic use at home, while the boys have helped organize beach cleanups around Hollywood.