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THE SECRET ISLAND OF NUSANTARA
TREKKING WITH TEIKI
OFF THE MAP
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Travel is what brought us here and travel is also what started surfing here. “Here” of course is Bali where the center of the Indonesian surf galaxy exists and where travelers come to visit the most in Indonesia, surfers included. Sure it is crowded and being developed and at times quite nerve wracking to navigate through local traffic but the fact remains that Bali is where tourism and surfing started and is still growing steadily today mainly because of the comfort and convenience of living here. Island hopping off Bali and pushing further out of your comfort zone is where the new trails are blazed and that is what makes life that much more interesting. Things like surfing waves not in the guidebook, eating a new food, staying somewhere with no electric or learning to say “Thank You” in a different dialect. These are things you experience traveling off the map and when compared to daily life at home makes you realize that the world is indeed quite fascinating. And that is what this issue “The Secret Island of Nusantara” aims to do: keeping the travel spirit alive, breaking the routine and going somewhere new. --Lorca PHOTO BY PeTe FrIeDeN
Pete Frieden captured the moment perfectly as charger Skeet Derham from Bells Beach, Australia dropped into 40 frames of glory on his camera. This frame looked the best of the bunch but it was such a hard choice that we decided to print selects from the sequence for everyone to scrutinize and froth over. Just another sunny afternoon of surf on The Secret Island of Nusantara.
Go travel! Photo: Nobu Fuku
The worst Indo scenario is traveling to and finding this firing wave and then contracting severe Bali Belly and not being able to leave your room or go further than a 6 foot radius from the nearest toilet. Photo: Nobu Fuku
DEDE SURYANA TALKS ABOUT RUBBISH IN PARADISE AND WHAT HE’S DOING ABOUT IT “Some years ago when I was just starting to travel a lot, I went to an island that is one of the best places in Indonesia to surf. The water was clean and clear and there were a lot of fish. This island is an ideal place for fishing, diving, surfing and also for eco tourism because there is still raw untouched nature there and nobody can build since it is protected by the government as a National Park. “The problem is, last time I went there the waves were going off but I saw this strong current bringing huge amounts of rubbish from the other islands out to us at sea and even into the surf break. It made me realize Indonesians and world people, all of us, have to stop littering and take more care of the environment. This National Park, one of the most pristine places in the world with perfect clear seawater and absolutely nobody around, was full of manmade plastic and trash (picture left) on our last trip. “From my life experience as a surfer who enjoys the beauty of the sea and waves and natural surroundings, especially of this certain island, the problem really led me to care and take action for the environment. Just recently I helped start a ‘Beach Clean Up and Greening’ program at Cimaja (where Dede’s from) along with the local surfers there. every week or so we clean up Cimaja Beach and plant trees where they are needed. Hopefully doing this creates awareness and more people will care about the environment and stop littering at Cimaja, and eventually every other beach. every little bit helps.” A recent trip to “rubbish Island” (left) inspired Dede to take action against trash locally in his hometwon of Cimaja, West Java. One of Dede’s favourite pastimes is fishing which is always better in clean water (right). Photos (left) by Noyle/A-Frame and (right) by Brad Masters
Photo: Konstantin Trubavin
14 year old Puanani, or Pua as friends and family call her, is becoming more and more recognized on Bali as one of the new up and coming surfer girls. Pua started surfing when she was four and has been competing since she was nine in both the Girls and Boys Divisions to gain more contest experience. She has done really well with a win at the rip Curl GromSearch at Canggu this year and she made the semifinals at the 2012 rip Curl Surf & Music Festival against the Pro Women. In 2012 she was a finalist in several Magic Wave events and in 2011 she won three Under 13 Magic Wave events. Those contests are mostly at beachbreaks but most of Pua’s favorite waves are at Bali’s top reef breaks like Uluwatu, Blackstone and Kuta reef, all goofyfoot surfer frontside dream waves that with her quiver of fresh boards from Channel Islands are even more fun to surf. Speaking of support, Pua is also sponsored by Volcom, Future Fins and Nusa Dua Beach Bar and Grill. Pua’s mom is from Bali and her father is from Hawaii and used to coach surfers like Andy and Bruce Irons when they were younger. “I love living in Bali,” says Pua. “Bali has the best waves and Indonesia has the best surfers. I want to keep surfing here, getting good grades in school, and one day hopefully make the ASP Women’s World Tour and be World Champion.”
2013 ASC TOUR SChEDULE
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EVENT Oakley Pro Bali Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2013 Billabong Pro Balangan Quiksilver Open Cloud 9 2013 Taitung Taiwan Open of Surfing
8 Rip Curl Pro Terengganu NATIONAL FINAL BALI. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
DATE June, 14th - 17th July, 1st - Aug, 10th July, 4th - 7th Sept, 12th - 15th Nov, 14th - 16th December
LOCATION Keramas, Bali Padang Padang, Bali Balangan, Bali Cloud 9, Philippines Taitung County, Taiwan Batu Burok Beach, Malaysia
COMPLETE ASC RANKING AfTER EvENT #2 ThE WEST JAvA SURfING ChAMPIONShIP
ASC OPEN RANK
SCAN AND FOLLOW
GRADE Premium Premium 6 Star TBA TBA
DIVISION Specialty Specialty Open, Master, Women, Longboard Open Open, Women, Longboard
Open, Women, Longboard
ASC JUNIOR RANK #
KMG. ANGGA BAYU PRATAMA
ASC LONGBOARD RANK #
MADE WIDIARTA (IDN)
GAZALI HAMZAH (IDN)
TIPI JABRIK (IDN)
ONEY ANWAR (IDN)
PUTRA HERMAWAN (IDN)
MEGA SEMADHI (IDN)
MARLON GERBER (IDN)
WAYAN SUSIANA (IDN)
PEPEN HENDRIK (IIDN)
10 DEDE SURYANA (IDN)
11 MUSTOFA JEKSEN (IDN)
12 RADITYA RONDI (IDN)
13 DARMAYASA (IDN)
14 DARMAPUTRA TONJO (IDN)
15 SANDI SELAMET (IDN)
16 RAHTU SUARGITA (IDN)
ASC WOMEN RANK #
RINA KITAZAWA (JPN)
DIAH RAHAYU (BALI)
GEMALA HANAFIAH (JKT)
SALINI RENGGANIS (JATIM)
KAILANI JOHNSON (BALI)
YASNYIAR GEA (NIAS)
JESSIE HONG (TWN)
NUR HAWANI (MLY)
PUANANI JHONSON (BALI)
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THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE
The “Stormrider Surf Guide to Indonesia and the Indian Ocean” softcover book is full of the latest travel and wave info from all over the Indian Ocean in places like Burma, Andaman, Thailand and the most up to date Indonesia section seen recently. even if you don’t surf you would benefit from the valuable travel info found in this comprehensive book. Find it at Eco Surf Shop and Drifter in Seminyak and all Rip Curl shops that sell books.
FLAT DAY FUN - THE PIPELINE
NARUKI DING REPAIR BROUGHT STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR IN BALI
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OMBAK BALI INTERNATIONAL SURF FILM FESTIVAL FREE TO THE PUBLIC JUNE 27-29 AT LA PLANCHA, SEMINYAK BEACH
returning to the funky shores of Seminyak Beach, Asia’s one and only surf film festival Ombak Bali once again screens premieres of the best new surf films around. Featuring stunning visuals fuelled by epic adventures, this year’s films offer fascinating and intimate portrayals of those who share a passion for the motion of the ocean. each year since its inception six years ago, Ombak Bali has drawn large crowds to watch the coolest and newest selection of films from famous and independent surf filmmakers and it is always 100% FREE ENTRY to everyone. Movie titles and schedules can be found at www.ombakbali.com and the festival will take place over three starry nights from June 27 – 29 and will have live music too! Don’t miss out!
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NEW SWICH OPENS IN CANGGU
RIP CURL VISITS MENTAWAI SCHOOL TO GIVE SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
During the Mentawai Pro presented by rip Curl the team took time out on a lay day to visit a local elementary school just a 20 minute walk from the Lance’s right surf spot on Sipora Island to donate much needed school supplies and ceramic toilets that were requested and will be installed in the school. rip Curl also made a monetary donation to A Liquid Future, a project run by Lizzie Murray that helps the kids mostly aged 6-12 years old to learn english and also surfing. rip Curl also donated a ding repair package complete with electric sander to the village to start a new business for the locals.
The rumours are all true, SWICH sandwiches has opened in Canggu just back from Echo Beach by the Canggu Mart at Jl Batu Mejan 88. Now Canggu also has some of the best sandwiches on Bali, right by one of Bali’s best waves.
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Garut and Putra with the local groms
AMERICAN SHAWN DOLLAR SETS GUINESS WORLD RECORD FOR SURFING BIGGEST WAVE EVER PADDLED INTO AT 61 FEET
Shawn Dollar of Santa Cruz, California paddled into and caught this beast of a wave (above) on December 21, 2012 at the notorious Cortez Bank, a reef shelf 100 miles off San Diego that is famous for wrecking ships and massive surfing waves. Measured at 61 feet by a panel of experienced big wave surfers, this wave topped Shane Dorian’s previous record of a 57 foot wave caught at Jaws in Maui. Dollar is no stranger to breaking records and in 2010 set the Guiness record of biggest wave caught paddling at 55 feet that was later surpassed by Dorian. At this year’s 13th annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards held on May 3 in Anaheim, California, Dollar won a total US$30,000 for winning the Pacifico Paddle and the XXL Biggest Wave divisions. The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards is the world’s measuring stick for who is riding the world’s biggest waves. Upon accepting his award, Dollar was quoted as saying, “Is this really happening? Are we really paddling into waves bigger than what we used to tow? It’s surreal, it’s such an honor.”
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A team of lifeguards from the Bali Lifesaving Service (Balawista) has won the top honors at a competition among lifesaving teams from Java and Bali held at Pelabuhan ratu, West Java this May. Quoted by the National News Agency Antara, erik Setiawan, the chairman of the event said: “From 150 athletes following the lifeguard competition, Bali received the ‘Best Athletes’ and ‘Best Team’ awards. The ‘Favorite’ team award went to Sukabumi.” Setiawan said that Bali made a virtual clean sweep in various divisions of the competition, including long swim, run-swim-run and others. He admitted that Bali was the odds on favorite to win the Java-Bali lifeguard Competition because of the superior ability of Bali’s athletes. The competition was held to enhance the abilities of participating and to exchange ideas and training techniques. Source: www.balidiscovery.com EDITOR’S NOTE: Bali is the only Indonesian island receiving lifeguarding training from Australia and is where other Indonesian islands learn better lifesaving techniques. The first lifeguarding program was set up by Australian Kevin Weldon and Balinese Gede Berata, Nyoman Kantra, Dewa Putu Putra and Wi Kian An back in 1973 and is still an annual and very important exchange program between Australia and Bali today. read more about Bali’s first lifeguards at http://baliskytour.blogspot.com/
“I feel so great to win an amazing event at the best right hander and it was also a Rip Curl event. Mentawai is so beautiful, nice people and they still live naturally. I’m about to board my flight now. I will get back to you when I get back to Bali. Thanks, Oney” RESULTS 1ST: ONEY ANWAR 2ND: GARUT WIDIARTA 3RD: TIPI JABRIK 3RD: GAZALI HAMZAH FULL STORY, PHOTOS AND VIDEO AT: WWW.ASIANSURFINGTOUR.COM WWW.ASIA.RIPCURL.COM
ONeY POrTrAIT BY LOrCA
Oney Anwarâ€™s inverted air reverse was deadly and stood way out from the pack. The crowd went nuts when he landed this one and it also later helped him win in the final. Photos: Frieden
The Mentawai Pro presented by rip Curl was the first ASC contest of the year but it felt more like a trip to paradise. Away from the traffic, away from the pollution, away from the construction. Surfing, fishing, bonfires, books and the first beach party ever on Katiet Beach, Sipora Island at the wave called Lance’s right, the cream of the crop as far as Mentawai surf goes. Lance’s right didn’t disappoint and turned it on every day with well overhead clean barreling and performance surf that had the competitors frothing during the comp and in freesurfs from dawn ‘til dusk. With Lance’s right blocked from all other charter boats except for the official contest boats, it was the event’s private break for over a week and the surf was pumping the whole time. This particular event ran as smoothly and flawlessly as could be, the best contest ever run in Mentawai, easily the ASC contest of the year, and quite possibly the best ASC event ever. The accommodation, the food, the internet and the people of Mentawai all made this trip one everyone will remember. A huge in Thank You Youto toripthe Curl,West the Sumatra Government and West Sumatra Government the Department of and Tourism the Tourism Department the of theMentawai MentawaiIslands Islands for making this event happen. Home to the ASC Tour for over a week It will surely not be be the the last. last. Oney Anwar on a victory lap tube before being chaired up the beach victorious in the Final. Holding him in front (above) is his brother Gazali who placed equal 3rd in the event. The brothers are from Lakey Peak, Sumbawa and a big sign of outer island surfers that are making their mark in Indonesian surfing. All photos this page by Tim Hain
The local Mentawai surfers celebrate with Marpius (red jersey, above), their trials winner and wildcard entry into the main event, who would go on to very narrowly lose to Pepen Hendrik by the smallest of point differences, going barrel for barrel with him in competition. The local surfers are getting better each year and with a training field like Lanceâ€™s right (here), itâ€™s only logical that they would. Photos by Tim Hain
Opening ceremony Mentawai dancers. Photo: Frieden
Skeet Derham, 12 of 40 glory frames from the cover wave. Flying over Nusantara you often see the volcanic geography it is famous for. Photo (left) by Mikala Jones, sequence by Pete Frieden.
The Secret Island of Nusantara is both a myth and non-fiction at the same time. The first step to finding Nusantara is knowing what it stands for. The locals all know where Nusantara is and so do a lot of people living in Indonesia. Once you know where Nusantara is, you are on the right track to finding this wave. But if you still don’t know where Nusantara is, then you might be really lost. Being lost is not all that bad because that is what most hardcore travelers do to push past the known to find the new big thing. And if that still doesn’t help, then just be comfortable with the fact that The Secret Island of Nusantara does exist even if you haven’t seen it with your own eyes.
Photo: Pete Frieden
Mikala Jones knows The Secret Island of Nusantara all too well and even has a few of his own up his sleeve. This spread of Mikala within a wide-open barrel at the Secret Island was supposed to run in our last issue but somehow it didnâ€™t, so here it is in all its glory. Photo: Brad Masters
TEIKI BALIAN Teiki Ballian going ballistic somewhere in the Mentawai Islands. Oh yeah, he also called that island chain home for over several years too, the benefits of growing up on a boat with parents that are very into surfing. Photos by Madison Setiawan (here) and Frederique Seyral (portrait)
Teiki punts off a Mentawai ramp at Lance’s right. Photo: Tim Hain
Bali. Photo: Josh Symon
“For a lot of people traveling is for a vacation for short moments of time. For me, I was born into it. My parents were always traveling on the boat and I was born and brought onboard at 10 days old. I sailed around the world twice before I was 13. I never had time to go to school so I learned through home schooling and all the different cultures we came across. I also learned to speak five languages along the way. Now that I don’t live on the boat anymore I still travel all the time. It’s all my life and it’s part of me and I will always travel because I can’t stay in one place for more then than two months.” --Teiki Ballian
For someone that has sailed twice around the world already, Teiki sure knows a spot or two to get away from the crowd. Here he surfs some waves all alone in India with only family and friends on the boat. Photos this page: SWOP
Teiki flying on Air India.
The Hunt for Empty Indo Perfection with Mikala Jones and Paul Fisher. All Photos and Words by Brad Masters
In some villages there might only be a few planks of wood to try to surf on but the local groms there will spend all day on the beach taking turns and loving it.
Finding waves that are the same perfection as those in Indo is always a challenge. Mikala Jones and myself have been hunting these sort of waves for years now and have slowly puzzled together a few areas for ourselves. To name them would be crazy with all the hard work it takes to score these waves, including camping in the rain and having to fend for ourselves. Why would we want to share? So every time we see that we might have a small window to score we are on to it. On this trip we invited Paul Fisher along for the ride. “The Fish” didn’t know what he was in for.
On arriving there Fish still had no idea where he was and got his first shock of it all. The only way to get around is to bum lifts from the local people in the back of any vehicle that goes past you, and from there it was straight to a harbor to look for a boat that could get us to where we wanted to go. Sleeping in tents and camping is the go out here. Living so simply really gives you a feeling of adventure, and surfing is one of the only sports that lets you do this: To be able to travel the world in search of new waves and have no 5-star hotels and package deals really is something that the modern day surfer never gets to feel. The locals out here are really amazing people and because of language barriers (a big problem) you have to learn to communicate in many fun ways. Some of the funniest experiences you can have are watching teenage kids run away from you thinking they have seen a ghost. With the weather always being the hardest thing to predict we have to take every opportunity we get to get in the water. The wind, rain and weather can be favourable and then in a blink of the eye it can turn/change . even if you think you can read the conditions you are constantly being shown up. Because local weather patterns dominate these areas you have to get a read out of a weather map.
This guy was our boat captain, a true seadog. This is one of those times I wish I could understand what he was saying.
Surfing this area is such a raw experience that each time you paddle out you have no idea what you are in for. These waves have power and the razor sharp reef really does keep you on your toes. The variety of waves is amazing but finding these gems and scoring them on the right day is a whole different story. The hardest thing for me in order to shoot these waves is the swim out. Swimming out through a lagoon and then having to
This wave turned out to be one the hardest waves to score and to surf. It looks like itâ€™s so close to the beach and not that big but once you are out there you realize that its not that way at all.
Being the only two surfers on the island gave Mikala Jones (here) and Paul Fisher (right) plenty of room to move.
punch through to get to the back makes it a challenge in itself. But its what’s swimming under me that keeps me on my toes. The first few days we were there we weren’t getting much surfing done. A lot of effort was being put in for no reward. So we changed our game plan and went searching on a new coastline that we hadn’t seen before. After a 5 km hike through a rainforest our reward was right there in front of us. One problem though is that with only 40 minutes of light left in the day a call was made to walk back then, instead of doing the walk in the dark and being the prey of whatever lives out there in the jungle. The next morning the place was “on” so all of the effort paid off. Over the next few days we where treated to a bunch of new waves Mikala and I hadn’t seen before. Our 5 day trip turned out to be a 10 day trip with just over a 50 percent strike rate. That’s adventure for you. The rest is what to choose to remember. One thing I am looking forward to is getting back there. All photos and words by Brad Masters
This left is the real deal. Itâ€™s a shame the boys missed their chance to get one before the weather turned its back on us.
Paul Fisher (here and right) is the one and only. This man can make any situation fun. Mikala Jones (bottom and bottom right) spends more time in the barrel than most surfers I know, and this trip was no different.
with Bali Adventure Tours
People holidaying in Bali are always asking me, “What else is fun to do here?” The one thing I always recommend is to go whitewater rafting through Bali’s interior. Up on the Ayung river, Bali’s longest river in Kedewatan just outside of Ubud, you are far away from the traffic and mass development that sprawls over much of southern Bali. The air is noticeably fresher and the climate is naturally cooler with the higher elevation. You don’t need any experience at all to go rafting and there are easy and more challenging rafting routes depending on what you are up to. The hardest routes are definitely not too hard at all for a first time rafter and are a nice rush as you charge down rocky rapids and water chutes surrounded by raw Bali flora and fauna towards the buffet lunch at the end of the ride. Bali Adventure Tours pioneered Bali rafting in 1989 and run a professional operation to this day. They have been copied by countless others yet have never been improved on or topped. They offer free transport with their rafting package and if you organize a morning rafting and then an afternoon walking around Ubud, dinner and a ride back, well that’s a perfect day off from the beach for anyone.
Kelly Slater on Safari
Another cool activity by Bali Adventure Tours is their elephant Safari Park, where guests can touch, feed, ride and learn about the Sumatran elephant. The park sits on more than 2 hectares of landscaped botanical gardens surrounded by national forest in Taro village, 20 minutes past Ubud. The park also has a Lodge, which is listed by Discovery Travel & Living as one of the top 10 most unique hotels in the world. On March 22nd, their fourth baby elephant named Fajar, (Indonesian for Dawn, at left), was born at the park.
BALI’S COASTAL EROSION
A recent report on beritabali.com states that of Bali’s 438 km of coastline there is 102 km that is affected by coastal erosion. From January this year big waves and extreme high tides have brought excellent surfing conditions in Bali but this also comes at a price paid in coastal erosion caused by sweeping waves battering the shoreline that eat away at structures and beaches along the coast. This is not a new phenomenon here or in other parts of the world but is one that may be getting stronger perhaps due to effects of global warming and rising ocean levels mixed with a closer than ususal full
A beach wall gets bashed by a set wave on a beach close to Keramas. Photo: LINeS
moon to the earth this month and a barrage of big swells hitting Indonesia since January. The Keramas Komune beach warung got damaged in January during a several day pumping cyclone swell as did multiple sea walls and properties along Bali’s east coast in Gianyar. Just this May (photos this page) Bali was getting some of its highest tides of the year, reaching up to 2.7 meters mixed with more rounds of solid swell that in some places sent local fishing boats washing up the beach while creating more damage and flooding to beachside structures. In past reports on Bali’s coastal erosion Gianyar was high on the list along with most of south Bali including Kuta, Tabanan and even Buleleng in North Bali and their surrounding beaches. Building close to the beach and the dangers of losing property are issues also in big surfing areas such as Hawaii and California where beachside real estate, like Bali, is very pricey and in demand yet sketchy logistically. Still, people continue to build and must face the consequences of having a dream beach house that may face damage in extreme ocean and weather conditions. each year the provincial government has been giving rp 40 billion (US$4.28 million) to rehabilitate Bali’s coastline and the issue is widely known yet investors are still ready to buy beachfront.
It’s surprising it doesn’t happen more often. For the first time in history a surfer, Brett Archibald, fell from a surf charter boat in the Mentawai Strait and was lost at sea before being found 27 hours later. The hero who found him was none other than Australian Captain and Indo legend surfer Tony “Doris” Eltherington who knows the Mentawai waters as well as anybody on earth. Apparently at roughly 2:15 to 3 am on April 17th just several hours into the start of a dream Mentawai surf trip, Brett was leaning over the side of the Naga Laut boat to vomit from food poisoning and sea sickness for the fourth time when he fell overboard into the dark sea. Nobody noticed he was gone until 8am the next morning. Upon discovering that Brett had fallen off the boat, an emergency search and rescue mission was dispatched to all boats in the area. Here is what Doris told Lines over a beer in Bali recently:
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Richard Evans started shaping in 1968 at the Maroubra Beach Pavillion in Australia. He was heavily influenced by the 70s shortboard revolution and his first boards he shaped were 40 longboard noseriders that he stripped down and reshaped into shortboards. The results were excellent and in 1969 rip Curl asked evans to shape for them which he did right through the 70s, experimenting with higher tail rockers and further shortboard design, helping to pave the path along with other shapers then to what became the modern shortboard. Around the late 70s he came to Bali and fell in love with the island, making annual return visits before staying permanently a few years ago. Today he is shaping for his own label and also Light Surfboards. Local surfers Mega Semadhi, Gobleg, Lee Wilson and more have been riding his shapes and many surfers are ordering his custom shapes. evans has also shaped with rip Curl, DHD, JS, Tokoro and Simon Anderson, some of the biggest shapers in the world. It used to be difficult to find boards on Bali but these days its almost cheaper to have boards fine tuned for you on the island rather than paying airline baggage fees bringing them over. For more info email: email@example.com
A lot of shapers are making a “step down” model to your normal shortboard these days and this is richard evans’ vision of how one should be. When I first picked up this board it felt like it had life to it and was made just right for me. It had a nice relaxed rocker and a nice pinch on the rails. Normally I ride a 5’10” so this board was 2 inches shorter (5’8”) and a good 1/4 inch or so wider than my normal board but pulled in nicely so you didn’t really feel the extra width. The rail thickness was tapered to the same as my usual boards. I only got to surf this board at Padma over several days in some really fun lined up beachbreak peaks and then also in some really dribbly small days and here’s the report: The board worked from the first wave I caught. It didn’t seem to paddle any faster than my normal shortboard but once you were up the extra width had you flying down the line. I’d never ridden a diamond tail before but the extra surface and little tip on the end held through nicely through snaps in the pocket while keeping speed through cutbacks and projecting nicely out of turns into the next part of the wave. Off the bottom turn the board accelerated nicely and picked up speed on a dime. I was using PG-5 FCS fiberglass fins and they seemed to work well with this board. It felt as though beachbreaks and semi-hollow ripable waves like Canggu would be perfect for this board but with some tweaking or different fin set up could probably go off in lined up hollow surf too.
“The 1970s shortboard revolution was a mad time with what was going on. It was all new, no-one had been there with those designs. Now it’s all been done and being rehashed and older, more experienced shapers know what’s going to work. It’s an exciting time right now with people getting more diverse with their surfboards.” --Richard Evans on shaping today
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Tucked in a cosy spot right by the W hotel and Potatohead on Jl. Petitenget is the hot new restaurant and bar Mantra that has quickly become a household name on Bali for good food and good times. The recently revamped menu seems to have a delicious sauce served with every dish and some new dining favorites among many are the fish burger, the Scallops with Yellow Coconut Sauce, and the Grilled rosemary Chicken. For lunch everyday Mantra is starting an a la carte Food Cart loaded with selections from their menu that you pay rp20,000 per 100 grams of food. Party nights at Mantra host some of the top local bands and DJs in Bali and quickly turn into a packed house. Their creative signature fusion cocktails are not to be missed.
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Deep Sea Explorers is a new band in Bali that has been landing gigs all over town lately. The four key players are Arya on vocals, Kharisma Padma - lead guitar, Hendro is the bass player and Palel is the Percussionist and sometimes plays the harmonica. All are in their early 20s and all of them are from different planets in outer space. The band officially started last August 17th 2012, Indonesia’s Independence Day and they have been rocking out ever since with a self-described sound that is very garage, a mixture of early Chicago Blues, a little bit of punk, space age psychedelics, desert gypsy, eastern jungles, dirty blues to anything that sparks up a fume from classic rock covers to their own homegrown riffs. Admittedly they practice at inappropriate hours and were even threatened at knifepoint to turn off the sounds by a pissed-off neighbor, but they still strive for the next good sound and continue to practice together and with other musicians with the same aspirations. Slowly but surely they are working on their first record “Atlantis LP” that will be out when the time is ripe. For now the Deep Sea explorers have been drawing packed houses on Fridays at The Straw Hut (formerly the Art Cafe) in Seminyak and beyond but the best way to catch the is to peep their page online at facebook.com/deepseaexplorersbali
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zoltan Torkos from Santa Cruz, California is the only person in the world who has photographic evidence landing this skateboard trick called a kickflip on a surfboard. In 2011 zoltan landed a kickflip and won US$10,000 in Volcom’s Kickflip-Off contest, a global contest open to anyone that could land the move. Some complaints were that zoltan didn’t launch the first kickflip off the lip which qualifies it as an actual air, but he did land the first kickflip on video so he still won the money. The next year, Volcom doubled the prize, offering US$20,000 to anyone that could land a proper off the lip aerial kickflip. Since then zoltan has entered over 25 clips of his kickflips, including this latest one in May, but has not heard back from Volcom if he has won. Still, the move has a deeper meaning to zoltan. “I’d been trying to land a kickflip for awhile and then one day my good bro and super ripper Carl reimer came to my house one day and kept telling me to go for it, go for it, you can do this, amping me up, and then he walked away and got shot dead later that day by gang members. After hearing the news that same day I went surfing and landed my first kickflip. And thats why in the first video I’m yelling and they said ‘He’s celebrating so hard’, but I did it for my little bro that got murdered and I’m screaming his name in the video i’m going Carl! Carrlll!!!! and that’s why I say pull tricks not triggers because there’s a real gang problem where we live. I dedicated the move to him and called it the reimer Kickflip so his name will live on.”
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