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The ASP World Tour is one big traveling prison and the world’s most dangerous surfers are incarcerated. Unlike most detention centers, once a surfer i s c o n v i c t e d, t h e y t r y to s t a y i m p r i s o n e d fo r a s long as possible. Some, like Willian Cardoso, have petty thieved their ticket into this prison. Others, like Sebastian Zietz, have been booked for a felony f u s i o n of a r s o n a n d v i ol e n c e . A n i n m a t e l i ke Ta j Burrow stays for decades, whereas a guy like Glenn Hall might only do 12 months. And Kelly Slater, well, he is doing life without parole. D e s p i t e t h e i r d i f fe re n c e s , t h e p r i s o n e r s t ra ve l to g et h e r. T h e y e a t i n t h e s a m e m e s s h a l l s , sl e e p under the same concrete and play in the same rec yard. Like nomadic convicts, they roam from event to event and hunker down in these perfect peniten tiaries until the bells of freedom toll. The journey i s ra re l y e a s y. A t t h e O a k l e y P ro, s u r fe r s b a t t l e d 10-point rides, judging discrepancies and massive alley-oops to secure their stay in prison. We know. The ASP’s new warden, Paul Speaker, gave us an all access tour. Here’s our exclusive look at Bali behind bars. —SURFING
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...and the perfect Penitentiary.
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(with your host, Sebastian Zietz)
Yadin Nicolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fins may be free, but he sure ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.
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Learning the prison structure is not always e a s y. T h e eve n t â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s f re sh f i sh , B r u c e I ro n s , searches for an entry to the yard...
...while Yadin Nicol heckles.
J oh n J oh n F l o re n c e ro c k i n g p r i s o n - o ra n g e and climbing the ranks. Photos: Jimmicane
Grab my good hand, child...
...You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visit the pokie without paying respect to the lifers.
M ick Fanning
climbs the fence.
Michel Bourez does a little time in
Damien Hobgood eyes his escape.
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He was overscored by thiiiis much. Damo calls out some unfair treatment from the guards.
John John Florence, carving a dagger out of a spoon.
“They say ev’ry man needs protection They say ev’ry man must fall Yet I swear I see my reflection Some pl ac e so high above this wall
I shall be released Any day now, Any day now.â&#x20AC;?
C J H ob g o o d h a s p u bl i c l y ex p re s s e d a d e s i re to liberate himself from tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is pretty hard when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re this good at barrel-riding.
Guys like Julian Wilson, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in and out of juvie all their youth, acclimate to adult prisons with shocking ease.
Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.
Nat Young, optimistically psychotic.
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop the soap...or your camera. Michel Bourez negotiates a media circus.
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Joel Parkinson, ready for a
Like Mandela in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;92, Parkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobbed by media.
Joel Parkinson, who surfed through some dirty tunnels
and came out clean on the other side.
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The view outside the prison walls.
Kolohe Andino’s parole officers make s u re h e ’s s t i l l b e h a v i n g w i t h t h e prison scrubs off.
Julian Wilson finds free-man solitary confinement.
John John On The Lam
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Let freedom sing.
If incarceration runs in the family then, hopefully redmption does, too.
Nathan Florence, brother see, brother do.
Emancipated Josh Kerr gives a cheeky wave to the highway patrolmen.
Lonely nights no more Bede Durbidge
Encarceration can feel like an eternity. But freedom? A finite blur.
Sebastian Zietz knows why the caged bird sings.
With the recidivism rates where they are today, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect Taj to be free for long.
“That’s where I want to live the rest of my life.
A warm place with no memory...”
“Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty — we’re free at last!”
Thank you for
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