In a world where plastic bags are found in the deepest place in the ocean and where ocean levels are rising unchecked, it is good to know that there is only one difference between surfing and statistical environmental science. In the science of it the universe is in control. In surfing, you are. Because Science may provide an understanding of the universal experience, but it is our surfing that provides a universal understanding of our personal experience. Which is why, after 20 stoked years of publishing this magazine, we are even more stoked to tell you that all our environmental efforts are beginning to take hold.
The UlU Cliff House is the cliff-top oasis that is redefining the Bukit Bali beach club scene. Opening its doors to international acclaim at the end of 2017, Conde Nast Traveller called it “The Coolest Beachclub” and one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Restaurants.” The 45,000 sq ft beach club’s design embraces the raw and natural beauty of its breathtaking location on the cliffs of Uluwatu and includes a pool, restaurant, and an Ocean deck bar built on the rocks below with direct access to the surf.
Just like the ski slopes has their ski lodges, so does White Monkey surf shop at Padang Padang have its after surf Cafe and Bar. Located in the shade of the backyard venue of the shop, the Thruster Club is one of Bali’s most popular places to relax after a great session, or to just catch up with friends…and certainly meet new ones. Early morning Coffees, Bullet Coffees, Fresh Juices and Kombucha for those pre-surf sessions and afternoon into evening Cocktails, Beers, Wine and healthy food.
First developed for Travis Potter for traveling throughout Indonesia seeking perfect empty barrels, Luke Studer’s new mind machine features a Lopez inspired outline with plenty of forward volume feeding into a spiral vee and a 2+1 fin setup. This is a board that can be depended upon to push the limit of adventure barrels. Traveling to extremely remote tubes demands a refined, realistic quiver and these new barrel dependable designs are just the ticket. Still, the bottom contours allow that big roundhouse cutback when you blast out of the tube and still give you that control, confidence and propulsion you need from late take-off to rocketing kick out over the shoulder.
Billed as a “remedy to corporate surf brands”, Vissla has been quietly growing in leaps and bounds in Bali. Popular from the start with their ultra cool, alternative products they have now created a new groovy concept surf shop within walking distance of Padang Padang. On offer are the Vissla core surf line lead by their Upcycle coconut boardshorts that have to be seen to be believed. An eco-concept that every ocean lover can dig. For the ladies there is the latest fashions from Amuse Society, a little known brand with a big reputation for quality and style.
You can see just about everything you need to see from the beach announcers booth at the Corona Bali Protected event at Keramas. You can see a doctor hovering over a very dry looking Caroline Marks. She is laid out on a small couch back behind the media booth with a small towel covering her chest. The needle of an IV bag full of saline solution is stuck into the inside of her right arm. She looks overheated but she cannot sweat. The first signs of heat exhaustion. Even the yellow jersey cannot keep you safe from an attack of travelers diarrhea.