T H E M O S T WA N T E D
THE ISSUE OF:
or 2014, the tourism revenue in Indonesia is predicted to top out at US$10 billion. Think about that. Last year, over 8 million international visitors entered Indonesia, staying in hotels for an average of about a week and spending an average of about 150 bucks a day. And Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan are out top five Tourist source’s. Now of these over 8 million tourists, 4 million come to Bali. Of that 4 million, approximately 2 million come primarily for the “Beach culture”. Of that 2 million that come for “Beach culture”, the numbers for those who actually surf is anybody’s guess. No one has really bothered to count, other than the profit measures of the over one hundred surf shops in and around Kuta, the most densely surf shop populated town in the world. Nobody knows why surfers have not been counted in Bali, considering that surfers have emptied their wallets here since the 70’s and in turn colonized the island as radically as the Dutch ever did. Changing the culture and the economy forever. It might be interesting to get a board count from the airport… Wait…no, that’s a bad idea, it might up the baggage rates. But at any rate, upped or not, it is thought that over a million surfers visit Indonesia each year. Which is why our cover asks, who the hell are all these people and what do they want? The surfing part is easy. With 17,508 islands to check and only 6,000 of them being inhabited, there is sure to be plenty of surf out there. After all, Indonesia is the world’s largest country situated only on islands. But the second part is a little trickier. That’s where desire comes in. Want. And want and desire can kill. And it does. Unless restrained to some manageable degree, we surfers are like heroin addicts. Destroying ourselves and our surroundings to get what we seek. In Indonesia, the desire to live the tropical dream of perfect exotic waves and dazzling white beaches is, if not exactly probable these days, at least still possible. But the overwhelming impact of this desire to surf here, this want, is choking off that dream day by day. Environmentally, culturally, philosophically and physically. So we better keep an eye on our desires. Our wants. To not spoil what we have by desiring what we no longer have. To remember that what we now have was once among the things we only hoped for. So...A million surfers. That’s a f*cking Army. And desire, even though it can kill, can also be the starting point of all achievements. So let’s stop treating Indonesian surfing like a pretty whore. Let’s at least keep forever what we have now before we lose it all. Because this essay is not meant to be an obituary. But it could be.
-Matt George, Editor-in-Chief-
More than tourist photos, dream shots like this one of Andre Julian at Padang Padang are more like treasure maps of the mind. One look and you know you have just got to get there and grab as much loot as you can. The key lies in not taking too much. Photographed by Diogo d’Orey / Liquideye
INNERVIEWS//10 | SKYFALL: LIVE UNDER A RIVER’S SPELL//14 | 10 MOST WANTED//24 | SACRED SESSION IX
DARK SKIES: FOUR JOURNEYS OVER THE LAGUNDRI PRESSURE PLATE//38 | FUTURE BOARD EXPERIMENT 6: THE FIREWIRE VANGUARD A MINIMALIST APPROACH//44 | JASON REPOSAR PORTFOLIO//50 | MY FIRST BOARD//60 | GALLERY//62 | FASHION//74 | INFO PRODUCT//80 | REVIEWS//82 | CONTESTS//84 | NEWS//86 | ENVIRONMENT//87 | LETTERS//88 | SQUIKSILVER PRIZE GIVEAWAY!//89 | CLOSE OUT//90 | TIDE CHART//92 |
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It’s hard to imagine a happier surfer than Nusa Lembongan’sWayan Susiana. And why not? Unlike all the other surfers that come to Indonesia, he never has to leave. Photographed by Tommy Schultz
COVER PHOTOGRAPH: The dream. A big, perfect Indonesian barrel and a mate to see it all. Tai Graham, dreamweaving through the Archipelago’s most famous Outer Island wave. Traveling to far off lands is the best opportunity you will ever have to meet fascinating people…especially yourself. Photographed by Pete Frieden / Liquideye
“I think the first thing on mind
any visiting surfer’s should be to be a part of the beaches here clean. It’s sorta like your waves. And you should also sign my million signature to stop all these plastic bags, of course. Use , at least. What we are doing is going into the schools young people and how much better the surf is beaches. when we have No more paddling out and plastic having one of those bags tangled around your leash. Environmental is not about being good. It’s .” about being
THE GOOD SHEPHERD SONNY PERRUSSEL, 14yrs
CEO, BYE BYE PLASTIC INITIATIVE SURFTIME ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADOR REGULAR FOOT
Photographed by Matt George at the Channel Islands Surf Shop, Seminyak, 19MAR14, 1324 hrs 10
THE VICE PRESIDENT AKUNG POW, 28yrs
VICE PRESIDENT, PADMA BOYS OWNER, SWICH RESTO REGULAR FOOT
“A majority of the people who
want to come here are great people and that appreciate Bali for the it is.’ Whoever you are, when you come , and you bring to our island of positive vibes, then you will experience , when true paradise. Just like the the interaction is happening between you a and the waves, it feels like you special experience with each other. When , you drop in, ride the wave of your and have respect for them, then you are more always welcome. And you will .” than what you
Photographed by Rick Battson at the Padma Boys Clubhouse, 19MAR14, 1624 hrs
SKYFALL LIFE UNDER A
RIVER ’ S SPELL Photographed by Mick Curley
With a surface that matches the moon itself, this main silt bar would be covered by twelve feet of violent water nine minutes later. Varun Tandjung, electrified by what is about to happen, runs out upon the playing field to feel the power before two worlds collide.
he tidal forces on Earth are generated by the intensity of the Moon’s gravitational pull on the earth as the moon orbits around it. This forms two rotating high tide bulges on either side of the Earth. The Earth spins about 27 times faster than the Moon moves around it, so the bulges are dragged along Earth’s surface faster than the Moon moves, which is why, though the moon causes the tides, the moon is often not directly overhead during high and low tides. The sun comes into a bit too. The gravitational attraction of the Sun on Earth’s oceans is half that of the Moon, and when the sun and the moon combine forces, their interplay is responsible for massive spring and neap tides. Which are the cause of Tidal bores, the surfable bulge waves that actually move up rivers. But the Gravitational power between the Moon and the bulge nearest the Moon also acts as torque on Earth’s rotation, actually slowing Earth’s spin. In turn, angular momentum is added to the Moon’s orbit, accelerating it, which lifts the Moon into a higher orbit. As a result, the distance between Earth and Moon is increasing by 38mm per year and Earth’s day is getting longer by 15 microseconds. Given enough time, all this action will eventually have the earth’s rotation and the moon’s rotation evenly matched. Meaning that the tides will never move. Depending on where you are, the high tide or the low tide will be permanent. Which means that the days of these fantastic tidal bores, like the one that rolls up the Kampar River in central Sumatra, are numbered. These wild phenomenon, dragged around the globe by the Moon and the Sun, are actually an endangered species. Sometimes it’s just good to think about these things as we make our way through our own lives as surfers. The roles we play. Our place in the Universe as ancestors of the Celestial bodies. The planets that man has stared at in wonder for thousands of years. The giant, glowing globes, which alternately warm us and give us waves to ride. Wherever we are. Whoever we are.
A boy and his toy. The kids of Teluk Meranti are up to something remarkable. Turn to page 90 to see what it’s all about.
Arya Subyakto. His 7 days for 7 Ghosts event was actually a Jungle festival that included a surfing competition for the locals. It was designed to promote the Bono River Tidal bore as a surf tourism destination. With massive palm oil operations moving in to the region, Arya and Tourism Vice Minister, Mr. Sapta Nirwandar, are trying make sure something is left for the locals.
The Waterbender. The loudest wave on the planet. When you realize that this massive, tree cracking display of natural power is caused by the unimaginable gravitational forces of the Moon, the Earth and the Sunâ€Śyou begin to understand the scale of the cosmic powers you are dealing with. The locals have a saying that they teach their children. Roughly translated: Run away, child, or be overrun.
Despite the recent influx of thrusters, Bekudo Bono, or â€œthe riding of the Bonoâ€?, has been going on for hundreds of years.
All this lunar energy really reached into young Varun Tandjung. Here he celebrates his first ride. Perhaps the young are more sensitive to the cosmic forces at work here.
The actual rules for the surfing competition that took place during the 7 days for 7 Ghosts festival were simple: whoever rides the longest, wins. Six brave souls took it on. With Marlon Gerber providing inspiration from the sidelines. With the threat of jungle deforestation by the Palm oil interests looming, the future of Teluk Meranti village may very well rely on promoting a sense of fun.
Welcome to the top ten most wanted things surfers come to Indonesia for. On the following pages we offer two opinions on this subject. One from us and one from Balinese Pro Rahtu Suargita. We begin with the Secret spot. More than just a geographical destination, the secret spot is a state of MINE. So vivid are our dreams of these treasures that most times, when we actually find them, we are not quite sure what to do with them. But, just like pirates of old, once discovered, we just can’t seem to keep our mouths shut about them. Like a gold rush, only the first tracks are truly pristine. But one thing is for sure. There is still plenty of them. And Indonesia has the most of them. And that is one of the top ten reasons surfers come here. Not necessarily to find a secret spot…but to find a secret spot within themselves.
Every surfer wants a secret spot. It’s a selfish desire. You want something to yourself. You want to be the pioneer. You want to surf it for the first time. And from there it’s a matter of what kind of spirit you have. You can blow it up to get the media fame for yourself... or you can keep it a secret between you and nature. Its two types of people and two spirits. And whichever spirit wins decides whether or not it is going to be a good place or a bad place for the rest of time.
Middle of nowhere. Photographed by Brian Blank
Rahtu Suargita. Photographed by Mick Curley
The most unchanged surf spot in the world. Is it the cliffs? No. Uluwatu’s are higher. Is it the slippery stairs through the cave? No. Is it the fact that you cannot see the wave until you get down onto the beach? No. The crowded bridge will attest to that. The real reason Padang Padang has remained virtually unchanged since its discovery, other than the development that crowds the cliffs, can be found in its quiet temple. Everyone, absolutely everyone that goes to the beach must pass through its portals. A profound reminder of where you are. A feeling that does not scrub off on the beach or in the surf. Padang Padang’s spiritual power is strong and it has never surrendered.
It is not a place to show off. It’s a serious wave. It’s that challenge that brings people here. And the fact that the whole place looks like a Hollywood set of paradise. And that when you are in the barrel at Padang Padang …your whole life comes together.
Bali. The ultimate surf tripping. The Psychedelic dream doesn’t end at the water’s edge. It’s only a small alley away. Each one a one-stop, 24 hour mind bending quickie mart. The Amsterdam of the equator. The booze, the late nights, the skin, the sweat, a sinful Disneyland. Both the big reason why we never forget this place and the main reason that over eight visitors die each month in scooter wrecks.
Ok, the surf party is in Bali. Here’s why. No matter where in the world you come from, Bali seems close. The party’s unforgettable, because it’s cheap, loud and you can wear boardshorts. Because Bali is a party village. An International party village. Like a small world. It just feels like everybody is here and you don’t have to worry about missing anything anywhere else.
Ground zero for the renaissance. A topsyturvy world that runs the gamut from local surfer kids who live on the beach to five star luxury white men. You don’t just go to Canggu, you go to Canggu to make the scene, man. A petri dish of groovy ideas and groovy people. Still a hotbed of progressive aerials, the traffic issues have it cut it off from the rest of us. And so it has evolved into a world all its own.
The dry season’s busiest photo studio. It’s like a skateboard park. Really Dependable. And you know it’s not gonna go anywhere.
Marlon Gerber. Photographed by Pete Frieden / Liquideye
Mustofa Jeksen. Photographed by Tim Hain
Surfing with Tigers. When you look across from Bali on one of those clear days and see Java rising through the mist…man…it’s primordial. An urge to jump off and just paddle over there comes over you. Surfer’s have been crossing bodies of water since time began in search of better hunting grounds. Grajagan is one of those places. But a hunting ground that is somehow on a grander scale than all the rest.
It is a mystical place. You really connect to nature there. When I am there I cannot feel what is happening out in the rest of the world. And I cannot really care. You are JUST there. In that place at that time. And the jungle….Alas Purwo. It lets you know that it was there in the beginning and it will be there long after we leave. Grajagan is more than just a wave, it’s a spirit.
A room with a view. Photographed by Liquid Barrel
The cave, despite absorbing crushing environmental disasters everyday, is still the most exotic entry portal into any line-up in the world. Pura Luhur Uluwatu, The temple above the final stone, is the surfing world’s premiere global village. There is no community in the world that is more dedicated and dependent on their waves. Despite the parties, being over run by commercialism, despite the waterfalls of effluence that run down her majestic limestone cliffs, Uluwatu retains her original dignity. It is an experience every surfer on earth should have. Because once you take off...it’s just you and her.
It’s the whole package. Big waves, small waves, high tide, low tide… doesn’t matter. The place is always happening. Happening to all of us. Everyday.
Made Agus Setiawan. Photographed by Everton Luis
Made Winada Adi Putra. Photographed by Diogo d’Orey / Liquideye
It’s the Backdoor Pipeline of Bali. A glamorous wave, really...made even more so by the new beachside pool. One of those places that you know, just know, that if you get a good ride... everyone is going to see it. Localized? Sure. But what place worth its salt isn’t these days?
I was surfing out there on a really big day with Hawaiian Ross Williams. A huge set came through. Ross turned me and said, for its size, it was as heavy as anything he had ever ridden. On the right day...Keramas will keep you real honest with yourself.
The daily light show. The equatorâ€™s Northern lights. The proximity to a blood red sky, a humming phenomenom. A promise that all is well and is going to stay well. A re-charge to a human at the end of another day. But softly. Like trickle feed to a battery.
Sunsets here? Why not come for the sunrise? It is the beginning of everything.Why not see both? That way you can give thanks twice.
Photographed by Tommy Schultz
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You have navigated with raging soul Far from the Paternal Home Passing beyond the seas double rocks And now you inhabit a foreign land. -From Medea, by Euripides-
The reason people come here for the culture is because they think they can see it, but what they are really doing is feeling it. Itâ€™s in the air here. The most fundamental feeling of Godliness.Without knowing it, they are listening to the silence of prayers. Itâ€™s a calm within the chaos. You can find the God within you here, no matter what your religion is.
Photographed by Mick Curley
It’s the far side of the world. What kid doesn’t dream of that?
Surfing perfection waves from a boat calms you down. Waves are the real gold of Indonesia. And you can feel it. Because they come from thin air..literally. A cyclone, a storm, the wind…waves from out of thin air. To surf that perfection here by boat brings you closer to yourself. An Indonesian Boat trip can make your life better. Make you a better person.
SACRED SESSION IX:
DARK SKIES: Four Journeys Over The Lagundri Pressure Plate Photographed by Diogo d’Orey
The next six images you will see were all shot by Photographer Diogo D’Orey during a single set of waves pouring over the Lagundri Bay Reef on a perfect rainy day. This page: On the first wave of the set, Jeronimo Vargas. Smooth water ahead.
Lukas Street. Second wave of the set. The biggest wave of the day. With enough adrenaline coursing through his veins to start a fire.
Dark Skies: T
he reef at Lagundri Bay is no larger than the average children’s playground. You could kick a football from one end to the other. Easy. So why does this tiny place on earth beckon our entire world? Because of what happens over that reef. Because of the spinning hole of water that haunts our dreams. Because that water hole is not down on any map, no true places ever are. Because that moving hole in the ocean is what we live for. Because that wave is a perfection in our world. Because maybe we can be perfect there too. Because all it takes is running away from home. Because all journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. Because travel has no foreign lands, it is only the traveler who is foreign. Because to awaken quite alone in an exotic place is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world Because travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Because a ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Because it is not a question of how educated you are, but a question of how much you have traveled. Because a strangeness beckons, a place where a man can lose himself. Because once outside the door the hardest part of the journey is behind you. Because the object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land. Because travel doesn’t require a massive bundle of cash; it only requires a more deliberate walk. Because surfers do not seek to follow in the footsteps of other men, instead, we seek what they sought. Because surfers don’t take trips… trips take surfers. And because maybe, just maybe… the inside of this wave is a kind of home too.
Cale Grigson, third wave of the set, on the ball. He made it.
Torren Martyn, fourth wave of the set, through the slipstream to safety.
THE F IREWIRE VANGUARD A MINIMALIST APPROACH
By Pete Matthews The Test pilots: Pepen Hendrik, Garut Widarta The Test locations: Keramas, Canggu The Board: The Vanguard Modern Planing Hull (MPH)
Test Pilot GarutWidiarta squares off against Keramas on a 5â€™4â€? Firewire Vanguard model. Despite its unorthodox appearance, a surprisingly lively board with unlimited design potential. It just may change the way we surf. Or at least the way we look when we surf. Photographed by Pete Frieden / Liquideye
The FireWire Vanguard: By Pete Matthews
Photographed by Rick Battson
he Modern Planing Hull is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. Designer/Surfer Daniel Thomson has created a design that hopes to further higher degrees of speed and radical aerial potential. Ultra parallel lines allow the design to be ridden much smaller and narrower than previously considered functional. This is achieved by maintaining ideal rider volume with balanced foam distribution. The parallel outline reduces drag, thus increasing dynamic planing lift yielding more speed via less water resistance. The diamond nose profile reduces swing weight while still providing a central control point. Further, the diamond nose is blunt and safe. The nose area features a contour to reduce the rate of pearling by creating controlled aerodynamic lift. It also adds a tremendous element of control when riding backward out of radical maneuver. The tail profile provides very low drag and positive control through sharp directional changes. These boards are also, strangely, exceptional paddlers. MY VISUAL ANALYSIS: Pepen Hendrik. Pepen was obviously overgunned on a 5’8”. You gotta ride these boards unimaginably small. Though Pepen certainly has the power, he experienced difficulty dominating this board. Pepen proved that the new theories of Volume are essential when picking a Vanguard. Or any board for that matter. Frustrated with his performance, Pepen felt that he was “Trying to hard”, and that it was “Too Much Board”. After seeing Garut rip the 5’4”, Pepen vowed to give the design another try at an appropriate size for him. MY VISUAL ANALYSIS: Garut Widiarta. Garut actually started out on the 4’10” and discovered that the board was too small. Again proving how vital it is to have a good understanding of your proper volume when selecting a surfboard. Once settled on the 5’4” he found his rhythm and began to rip. Finding very little disadvantage to having a squared off nose, Garut took the board through barrels, airs and gouging cutbacks. Though the asthetic might look odd, the surfing was electric. Remember, the thruster looked weird at first too. MY FINAL ANALYSIS: With the proper sized model under your feet, this space board could not only take you to places on a wave you have never been before, but also provide a freedom of individual expression before unknown. This board is valid. Maybe not in low tide, jacking, barreling conditions, but certainly in the surf most surfers encounter every day. A test drive is essential for any surfer of creativity. Come see me at Rip Curl and take one for a free ride.
Canggu test session. After switching from the 4’10” model to the 5’4”, Garut really found the sweet spot. This sequence is of his first wave on the larger model. By the end of it confident enough to go for the reverse. This board is no fluke. It just needs a little understanding…and forgiveness for the way it looks. Photographed by Rick Battson
TCR 00 : 00 : 08 : 07 Photographed by Diogo dâ€™Orey/Liquideye
IDR 20.000.000 WINNER TAKE ALL A DEFINITIVE INDONESIAN BARREL RIDE TOURNAMENT 1. Six Tube riding experts with six videographers travel to Komune/Keramas to catch the best day of the year. 2. The surfers surf the best conditions of the day...and the night under the Komune nightsurfing stadium lights, spending as much time in the tube as possible. 3. The action is all recorded digitally by the individual surferâ€™s designated videographer. 4. Using the time code of the recordings, the surfer who has spent the most accumulative time in the tube by the end of the tournament wins it all, IDR20,000,000 and the title of Indonesian Tuberiding Champion. 5. Gala awards party to follow poolside at Komune resort. 6. Waiting period: April 1st - August 31 2014. Contact: email@example.com
P O R T F O L I O
WINDOWS TO THE SOUL
Fletcher B. Irons
MY F I RST BOAR D : M A R LON
G E RP BE R ’S L AS T IC
FA N TAS T IC T i m e M AC H IN E
By Zarra Ederra • Photographed by Rick Battson
he weather is sunny, the birds are singing, and we can hear the sound of the leaves blowing in this shady surfers retreat. Hotel UN’S is where Marlon Gerber lives. The restaurant part of it is decorated with photos of Indonesian pro surfers and their famous friends. One frame is a childhood photo of Marlon, which today brings him back to the memory of his first surfboard. He keeps the board in his front yard. Now he picks it up. The first time he has touched the board in many years. Marlon’s father bought it for IDR30,000 and gave it to him as a surprise gift. Before this board Marlon was just boogie boarding with his friends. 18 years ago, the first time he stood up on a wave on this board, he was hooked. Surfing became his life. When you see Marlon Gerber riding this board today, you will feel what Marlon must of felt 18 years ago. The first fun of it. Marlon was wondering how many surfers still have their first board. Because he knows how much this first board means to him. A time machine into the past. A reminder of a beginning
Marlon Gerber and the first board he ever owned. Still a relic that he keeps in his front yard. It originally cost IDR30,000. But the journey that it launched has been priceless.
O BJE C TS OF DE SI RE
Top: As serene as she looks, Mt. Agung is actually an active stratovolcano that is classified as highly explosive. In 1963 she blew out explosive lava bombs and a 10 km high column of ash. Then came the lava, a world of it, at 80kph. Then the pyroclastic collapse with a searing ash cloud that burnt everything in its path, traveling at 200kph. This view of her, from the Keramas line-up, is the best on the island. Food for thought for the visiting surfer who forgets that Bali is still a wild animal. Photographed by Liquid Barrel Left: In space, no one can here you scream. Pepen Hendrik, huffing his way through yet another of his trademark barrels at Keramas. Everytime this guy takes off, a drama unfolds before your very eyes. Photographed by Diogo dâ€™Orey / Liquideye
Itâ€™s radical direction changes like this one by John John Florence that separates the men from the boys. Fitness is key these days, with most top surfers focusing on leg strength and joint flexibility. As necessary as aerials are to a good surferâ€™s repertoire, putting it up on rail will always be the hallmark of a great surfer. Photographed by Pete Frieden / Liquideye
Top: The hair, the board, the saunter. Reef Doig, Padma Boy, living a teen dream in Bali. Photographed by Josh Symon Right: If you are standing at the Airport in Bali on the right day, you can witness the monsoon season stopping and the dry season starting all in a matter of three hours. The clouds stop moving eastward, the wind dies to nothing, it is quiet for a bit and then the flags come around and the clouds start moving the opposite direction. The whole Island changes. And airplanes must suddenly land and take off in the opposite direction as well. And for Kuta locals like Rahtu Suargita, opening day, with its return of the offshore winds at Halfway beach, is cause for celebration. No matter how small it is. Photographed by Dobby
Top: High performance surfing in Indonesia requires a unique surfboard. The biggest mistake most visitors make is bringing their old boards from home. Considering the waves here, thatâ€™s like bringing knife to a gunfight. Nick Chong, surf guide extraordinaire, meteorologist, has fine tuned his Indonesian quiver to a perfect pitch. This guy is never caught by surprise. Are you? Photographed by Mick Curley Right: As uptight as some crowded line-ups can be during high season on Bali, KetutAlik Rudiarta always seems to be in the right place at the right time, expressing the unbridled joy of being a local at Padang Padang on the best waves of the day. Visitors be aware...this is their neighborhood pool. Photographed by Diogo dâ€™Orey / Liquideye
Top: It isn’t just about the waves. Surfing in Indonesia is indelible. You are never far from the spirit world. Like a tattoo, the things you see here are forever. Photographed by Tommy Schultz Left: The desire that drove Othmane Choufani to travel halfway around the world to Indonesia was fueled by mind surfing a wave like this. It is that same desire that made it a reality for him. Even more miraculous is that photographer DiogoD’Orey was there to capture the moment forever. Perfectly. Sweet dreams are made of these. Photographed by Diogo d’Orey / Liquideye
Top: Itâ€™s all in the details. Those unforgettable Indonesian moments that reach into you upon your return to your own country. Often the best part of a trip are the things you remember later. Photographed by Mick Curley Right: No one handles scary, low tide Padang Padang better than Rizal Tandjung. Even though he is our premiere Indonesian surfing Ambassador to the world, it is hard to think of him as an elder statesman. At 39 years old, Rizal Tandjung, dedicated family man, CEO, friend to the starsâ€Śis still surfing better, and braver, than most 18 year olds. Photographed by Mick Curley
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AFENDS: THE QUIET MASTERS OF COOL
he Husband and wife team of Scott Burmester and Tea Miranti Rahmadhan are really on to something here. Their long lived boutique on Jl. Legian may look small but there are big ideas cooking inside. It starts with one of the best locations on the drag, with a cool parking lot that not only provides plenty of room for your bike or car, but also serves as a great venue for their celebrations and sidewalk sales. The products themselves really express the uniqueness of the brand. This look is for people who dance to the beat of their own drummer. Super cool long sleeve aloha shirts, women’s frayed rock star denim jackets, original jewelry hanging from a driftwood tree below a chandelier of buzzing bare light bulbs and a huge message on the back wall that reads: QUESTION EVERYTHING. That’s a pretty cool motto in today’s media glutted world. This place is a mix of the past without being retro and a look for the future without being silly. A place to find yourself and your own sense of fashion. With an antique phone, the turn of the century Gramaphone player, quality rock echoing from the speakers and a counter manager named Lufti Doggiebite, Afends is a place as individual as you. Check it out. Now.
OAKLEY BLADE 4
ur legacy in surf began with unrivalled lens technology and evolved with innovations that brought compression to the water. To day our heritage reachesa new milestone with the launch of Blade® 4. While other brands sidestep surf, Oakley reinvents it. Groundbreaking technology and waves of product testing with world-class athletes prove performance matters in surf, and Oakley is leading the revolution. The Next Evolution of compression: We harnessed our unrivaled technology to launch a wave of innovation and evolve compression even further. Introducing Blade 4, the most advanced boardshort in existence. With this industry-leading design, Oakley continues to set the standard in delivering power, strength and endurance to the world’s best surfers. New Features & Benefit • 100% welded construction, this revolutionary compression short does not contain a single stitch. • Single-seam leg construction reduces the need for seams, which
decreases chafing and preserves the stretch properties of the fabric. • Reduced weight construction now offers the thinnest and lightest waistband we have ever engineered. The reduced weight means a streamlined fit, faster dry times and a more lightweight construction overall. • The inner compression short provides unparalleled structure and support for targeted muscles during explosive surfing movements, while offering unique fabrications and salt water durable treatments. Stronger surfing longer sessions - Introducing Oakley’s Blade 4 Compression Boardshort. Oakley compression technology: • Hydrofree: quick dry technology repels water • O stretch ripstop: maximizes flexibility • Reinforced banding: improves blood circulation and endurance • Targeted muscle support: increases power • Hydrofuse: welded seams eliminate rash.
SURFER GIRL RISES FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND INJUSTICE THE ‘ONE BILLION RISING’ CAMPAIGN IN INDONESIA FEBRUARY 14, 2014
n Friday, February 14th, Surfer Girl was proud to support the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign to rise against violence against women & injustice. ‘One Billion Rising’ began in 2007 as an international campaign that aims to end violence against women, and promote gender equality. The campaign has now grown global, being seen in over 190 countries. This year, Surfer Girl proudly joined the movement by holding a “Break The Chain” flash mob public dance. Around 50 Surfer Girl staff – both female and male – packed the front yard of the Surfer Girl Flagship store on the Valentine’s Day to dance the ‘Break the Chain’ choreographed dance to support the campaign. The ‘Break the Chain’ choreography represents movement to break the silence of violent crimes against women, and give power to the victims all over the world. Surftime wishes this remarkable group of women the very best and we offer them our full support.
BALI GROMS DOMINATE FIRST STOP OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SERIES IN SENGGIGI, LOMBOK//
he first event of the 2014 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series went down on the 11th of March in Senggigi, Lombok, where Indonesia’s best young talent came out swinging for a chance to win tickets to the National Final to be held later on this year. Senggigi beach offered perfect 2 to 3 foot waves for the day, giving the groms the perfect chance to show their stuff. Over 60 competitors joined to compete in the 5 different divisions, making for an exciting day of competition. It’s safe to say Indonesia’s young surfing talents are looking unstoppable and we look forward to seeing them continue to raise the bar of performance throughout the Gromsearch Series this year.
Rip Curl GromSearch 2014 Senggigi Lombok Contest Results: U-16’s : U-14’s : U-12’s : 1. Raju Sena (19.75) 1. Kin Goldman (18.5) 1. Dani Widianto (18.45) 2. Syamsul Hadi (13.15) 2. Ketut Agus (16.3) 2. Varun Tanjung (14.4) 3. Mega (12.5) 3. Tenshi Ishi (10.25) 3. hu Kamiya Yasa (10.5) 4. Andre Anwar (8.6) 4. Marta Waya (8.8) 4. Laclan Turner (7.2) Girl Division : Micro Grom : 1. Pua Johnson (13.95) 1. Rafi 2. Kailani Johnson (12.2) 2. Dimas 3. Dea (7.7) 3. Yuro 4. Cinta Hansel (7.0) 4. Coby
RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SCORES GOLD IN SUMBAWA!//
th March 2014:Stop #2 of the Rip Curl GromSearch was held in Sumbawa and saw the best young surfers from all over Indonesia compete in flawless 5ft conditions at the famous break - Lakey Peak.Competitors arrived early and were greeted with the solid waves giving them a chance to get at least 2 days of training before Competition day. The local surfers were gracious, showing the other kids where to sit in the line-up and how to get the best waves. Lakey Peak Junior leader Andre Anwar commented: “Its really cool to see everyone coming to our home break for the GromSearch, for sure this is the highlight of the year for the Lakey Peak”For full contest report, pictures, video or to sign-up for the next event, go to asia.ripcurl.com or facebook/ripcurl. Go the Groms!. Lakey Peak Results:
Under 12’s : 1st place-Kian Martin 2nd place-Tenshi Ratif 3rd place-Varun Tanjung 4th place-Kona Eru
U-14’s : 1st place-Ketut Agus 2nd place-Ompu Anwar 3rd place-Takuto Ohata 4th place-Daniel Martan
Girls: 1st place-Puanani Johnson 2nd place-Hayana Iguchi 3rd place-Summa Longbottom 4th place-Kailani Johnson
Highest placed under 14 girls : 1. 1st-Hayana Iguchi 2. 2nd-Summa Longbottom 3. 3rd-Kailani Johnson 4. Equal 4th-Cinta Hansel & Taina Angel Izquerdo
Under 16’s : 1st place-Armansah bahrudin (ticket to final) 2nd Place-Mega Artana 3rd place-Finda Ramlin (ticket to final) 4th place-Febby Andre
7 Days For 7 Ghosts: Festival Bekudo Bono Blows Minds //
Single Malt Whiskeys & Cocktails first Whiskey Bar in Bali! //
Arya Subyakto and Mr. Sapta Nirwandar of the Ministry of tourism & creative economy and the Government of district of Pelalawan kicked off the most unique surfing event in the world. And pulled it off. And the locals were stoked to take part in the tidal bore comp in front of their own village. The judges decided everyone was a winner. At the most unique surf camp in the world, Jungle surfing is alive and well in the Riau region of Sumatra. Special thanks to; Head of Pelalawan district, Mr. H.M. Haris, Direktur pengembanganWisata Minat Khusus, Konvension, Insentif dan Event, Mr, Akhyaruddin, Head of Tourism of Pelalawan district Mr. Zulkifli, Head of Teluk Meranti Village Mr.Hasan, Field organizer, Mr. Hisam Setiawan.
Located on above Meja Kitchen & Bar on stylish Oberoi St. in Seminyak,Single Malt Whiskeys & Cocktails will launch in May 2014.This unique bar will serve an extensive selection of whiskeysfrom around the world. Famous varieties such as smoky Americans, exotic Asians and lush Scots. There will be rare top shelf whiskeysas well for the true fans of this fine libation. And a food menu will be in place to complement this delicious drink list. Finger food such as burger sliders, fried olives, and caramel popcorn will be delivered fresh and straight from the MejaRestokitchen just downstairs. Remarkable craft cocktails will be available too, of course. But the real news is that this place will be a fantastic new gathering place architecturally designed for conversation, romance and celebration. A real touch of class for any evening spent in fabulous Seminyak. Contact: www.mejabali.com.
Billabong And Surfer Girl Presents The Halfway Grommet Attack Series // Billabong and Surfer Girl are proud to announce the Halfway Grommet Attack Series. Working together with the Halfway Kuta Boardriders, the series is set to go down monthly from June to September 2014. With over 6 different divisions of competition, from Under 16s to pushing Divisions, the future is looking bright for Bali’s next generation of shredders!
Yuko Anabela Becomes Indonesia’s First Surfer Ever to Receive Scholarship Award from International Surfing Association // Fifteen year-old Yukojati Anabela from Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, Indonesia has made history as the first ever Indonesian surfer to be a recipient of the International Surfing Association’s 2013 Individual Scholarship Program, receiving $1,000 USD and representing Indonesia as an ISA Ambassador. Bela is one of 50 junior surfers from 23 countries who were awarded the scholarship in 2013. Go Yuko! 86
Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat Crowned At The Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached Classic Single Fin Champions at VSM Beach Break Event in La Union, Philippines // After an exciting two days of competition where contenders from all over the world joined in, Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat was crowned the champion in La Union, Philippines in February. It was Arip’s impressive display of classic style that earned him the win, taking home $1,300 USD in the Men’s International Division.
SUPPORTING TEMESI RECYCLING
verybody has heard of the great affect that TEMESI recycling has and how valuable it is to our Island. The facility is operated on non-profit base to help create a cleaner Bali. It manages over 21,000 tons of Gianyar’s waste per year. Within our recycling concept we have created amazing aerated compost. We currently are producing 5,700 Tons of aerated compost per year. This compost is the answer to problems like excess water usage and is capable of restoring your ecosystem. The benefits of the compost: • It has no pathogens like E.Coli and is sanitized • No weeds • It creates humus and restores your gardens ecosystem. Humus can hold up to 6 times its weight in water. • It was Swiss tested and is above all European and American standards If you are willing to support this product within your enterprise you would be contributing to the greater cause of successful waste management in Bali. We need to stop wasting so many resources. With a concept like Temesi´s we can create numerous jobs, divert huge amounts of waste from landfills and create fantastic compost for our island paradise. Come to our facility and check out what true waste management looks like in Bali. Contact person: I Wayan Cakra – 0819 16422795.
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My name Sissy, I am from Jakarta. When I came to Bali with friends, I saw Surftime Magazine and decided that I must learn to surf in Rip Curl Surf School. So I did. The end of December I came Bali again. I rented board but with a smaller size than Surf School surfboard. An hour past ,2 hours past ... I Still can not stand up by myself. Back to the hotel with full disappointment. I looked at Surftime Mgazine again. I wanted more.The next morning with a full charge eventually try surf again. Hours have not been able and the second hour finally, I could stand up and surf the waves! It feels like winning millions dollars jackpot.! Thank you Surftime for helping me be strong. And stoke. Finally ....... Once back to Jakarta I proud to tell all my friends that I was able to surf NOW................... Sissy, 17, Jakarta Sissy, If at first you do not suceed, try, try, try again. Proud of you, Sissy. In appreciation of your letter you win this great prize package from Quiksilver. Surf on. Ed
QUIKSILVER PRIZE GIVEAWAY! SONNY’S WORLD
urftime is proud to announce that 14 year old Sonny Perrusal will be our new environmental Ambassador. Sonny is the CEO of Bye Bye Plastic here in Bali, and will be giving away great prizes to people who clean up Bali. Contact him and state your case. Sonny’s Arrival/Survival list for good surfing Karma: 1. Before arrival in Bali sign our petition at avaaz.org/en/bye_bye_plastic_bags_on_bali 2. Get, don’t tell, GET five friends to sign the petition. 3. Bring a recyclable bag for shopping. C’mon. 4. Go to a surf shop (The Channel Islands surf shop is good, so is O’Neill) and grab a BYE BYE PLASTIC BAGS recycle bag. And use it. You will look like a local.
5. If you want to give us money, buy one of our t-shirts. You will look like a local even more. 6. Refuse all plastic bags at all shops. You will be tested. 7. Pick up some crap at the beach after every session, even if it’s not your crap. If everyone picked up one more piece of crap than they brough than there wouldn’t be any crap at all. 8. Link Bye Bye Plastic to the entire Universe. 9. Bring your own water bottle. 10. Promise to come back someday and do it all over again. You will be welcomed. This is all so easy. And it will guarantee you at least five great Karma waves. Everybody knows that. See you in the line-up. Bye Bye... (plastic, that is). Sonny Perrussal, Surfer and CEO, Bye Bye Plastic Bali.
CLOSEOUT The Teluk Meranti Mini-Boards that the children surf on their own kid-made waves are remarkably refined. Super rocker, carefully weighted, big single fins, all made from hutan materials. Dedi Gun marvels at the sophistication of modern design on the banks of an ancient jungle. Photographed by Mick Curley 90
THE COSMIC CHILDREN I
In a discovery as astonishing as the Seven Ghosts tidal bore itself are the toys that the children of the village of Teluk Meranti have adapted for themselves. The little boy in the red shirt in the picture here is just one of the children who design, shape and weight their own miniature surfboards. Then, after the tidal bore floods their village, they place these tiny surfboards, with their tiny riders attached, in ankle to calf deep water. Then, mimicking the Bono River tidal bore, they shuffle their feet through the shallow water creating a pressure wave before their legs. Placing their little surfboards on their self-made waves then allows them to surf their miniature boards down the main street of town. By manipulating their legs they have figured out how to create lefts, rights, and control the size, speed and power of the wave. They have favorite sections in town, outcroppings, mounds and channels. There are rumors that they are even going to start creating their own bottom contours out of sand filled tin cans to create little mini barrels for their boards and to use the wakes of the scooters that rip through town to set up their own miniature surf spots. That children are clever when it comes to entertaining themselves with simple toys is no surprise. But if you really think about what these kids are doing here, it goes much deeper than that. Having never seen an Ocean wave, with a raging tidal bore a big part of their life, with the Cosmic forces of the Universe a matter of common occurrence, being witnesses to the extraordinary forces of outer space, having survived countless dangerous encounters with the wave that defines their very lives in the jungleâ€Śthey have comprehended a very complex science and realized a very complicated dream. Empty, artificial waves and the boards to ride them.
Four to five inches and nobody out. Photographed by Mick Curley
And the posture of this play is fascinating. Like the moon itself, which creates the bore and looks down upon their village from on high, so do the children look down upon the waves that they are creating. Moving with relatively titanic force through their own world, affecting all the little things that dare stand in defiance before them. If the subjects on their boards were actually human, they too would be looking up at a great globe that creates the wave they ride upon. And in the end, beyond all the science and imagination is a reminder to us all. That surfing is a form of play. A simple childlike act of gumption and play. And even here, on the far side of the world, deep in a primordial jungle, surfing has found a people. And inspired their children to invent an entirely new form of it. A form all their own. A form created from the eternal wonders of the celestial heavens and the eternal wonders of kid world. With both as astounding as the other.
The lovely Unyil. Photographed by Josh Symon