A provocative word, summer. It evokes not only our favorite memories but also our finest hopes. Especially here on the equator where we have only two seasons. Wet and dry. Though our recent monsoon was unreasonably long, the surf it gave us was wonderously bountiful. So with a summer season that has kicked off with some of the highest quality surf seen in years, all in all, we have had one of the best years of surf ever. Or maybe it is just that we are surfing more and better than ever.
Kelly Slater, evergreen pilgrim, living as if he will die tomorrow, learning as if he will live forever. And realizing that the past has no power over the present. 44 years old and still pushing his own limits. Our limits. An inspiration to us all…even when, like the fighter pilot he is, he chooses to eject. Photography by Pete Frieden
Just one hell of alot of fun, the Kinky Tiki Bar plays on the sensuality of the tropics, poking fun at what is on most of our minds when we step out for a good time: drinking and meeting, shall we say, interesting people. But really, the place is simply a great excuse for a great time. Think about the drink specials that include 6 free shots if you turn over your bra to the bartender.
Cimaja, West Java – The 2017 GromSearch Series continued for the second stop at Cimaja, West Java. On the first day the groms were given 3-4 foot waves, offshore winds and barrels galore.On the second day the swell dropped to 2-3 feet, but with amazing conditions. “All the groms were ripping, air attempts and barrels” said Contest director and Bali legend Pepen Hendrik “ I was so stoked to be there to see it live!” .
First stop of Rip Curl GromSearch 2017 blasted off with the most talented young surfers from Lombok, Sumbawa, Java and Bali tearing into the surf like a pack of hungry wolves. The first day: Are Guling with 3 to 4 foot barreling waves, offering the Groms perfect sized conditions to show-off their skills. Second day: Sunday, Contest Director and Rip Curl Team rider Dedi Gun shifted the contest site to Mawi. “We are glad that we changed the location to Mawi for the final day. It offered better waves and the crowd was closer to watch the competitors rip”