Passion Comes in Waves

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THE ISSUE OF TRAVEL

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

There is much to the theory as to why Balinese surfers in particular don’t really travel much. And have never made a splash on the international scene. Excepting, of course, Rizal Tandjung’s Pipeline miracle. But then that was 24 years ago. Sure there are the visa hassles, but alot of people have those. No, it’s more about comfort. Balinese surfers live in the best surf in the world. They also own it. They are also close to family and wealth and friends and culture and the food they love.

Why leave paradise? Let’s face it, there’s a reason 6 million tourists come here. Still, the wonder of travel is there for anyone who gets restless. And that is what this issue is all about. Inspiration to get out there and see all of it. It’s always better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

So in this issue, we bring you daring adventures from three corners of our world. Alan Van Gysen reports in from Equatorial Guinea, a place hard to find on any map. But then…it always feels good to be lost in the right direction. We also have Pete Frieden reporting in from the roughhousing of the North Shore season.

And in a place that might never exist, a transitory place, International award winning fine arts photographer Ben Thouard brings us to a place that can never be found on any map. Of course, true places never are. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only the same page over and over. We say get out there. If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal. Live your life by a compass, not a clock. All you need to travel this great blue world is to know that it’s possible.

And remember, if you travel far enough, you’re gonna get a chance to meet yourself.

– Editor –  

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THE BINGIN OPEN GOES OFF!

You can always depend on the Bingin open to be a blast. More like a family affair than a surf contest, the performances this year were out of this world. With the typically perfect waves, all the competitors ramped it up and ripped from take off to kick out. An annual event that should be on everyone’s calendar, do not miss next years celebration of the world’s best short wave. The results below speak for themselves. Be there!

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DEUS SLIDETOBERFEST 2017 HITS A GROOVE



Another amazing weekend, in an astonishing place, watching incredible surfing and Moto riding. The surf event got off to an early start. Ouch, because the night before a concert by “Sons of the East” had been taxing on quite a few. The spin on the Deus Slidetober Surf comp is that they supply all the boards. And all of them shaped at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm by a diverse cluster of shapers.



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KETUT AGUS AND TAINA IZQUIERDO WIN STOP #2 OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH 2017

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!” .

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AGUS AND NATASHYA TRIUMPH AT STOP # 1 OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SERIES LOMBOK!

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”

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JUNE WSL ASIA REPORT

Visions lead to goals, and goals are made to be reached. With the formation of the new World Surf League (WSL) Asia Region, the primary goal of the ASC and the ISC before has now been realized…Asia’s surfers competing on the WSL QS but in their own region with their own events and their own Asian rankings.

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