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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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ANOTHER CONTESTANT RECORD SET AT BERAWA BEACH FOR VOLCOM’S TOTALLY CRUSTACEOUS TOUR 2016 FLYINGFISH EVENT!

After boasting a whopping 132 kids across four divisions at the Volcom TCT Tour 2016 Geckofish opener at Lembeng Beach in April, the Flying Fish event held at Berawa Beach yesterday eclipsed that number to push a new record of 145 contestants. The future of Indonesian surfing was definitely seen at Berawa Beach!

Berawa Beach provided the perfect venue for such a massive crew of groms, allowing a double bank format with two sets of judges to ensure that all the kids had a chance to compete in this one-day event, as there were West Coast contestants from as far north as Medewi and as far south as Uluwatu joining in the fun.

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RIO WAIDA AND DHEA NATASYA CROWNED RIP CURL GROMSEARCH NATIONAL FINALS CHAMPIONS AT LAKEY PEAK!



November 8, 2016 – Both the Rip Curl Gromsearch #5 and the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Finals were decided in challenging conditions at Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa, Nov 4-6th.

Java’s Dhea Natasya, came charging out of the gate with powerful maneuvers. Her opponent, Bali’s Kailani Johnson, put in a courageous performance but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Dhea Natasya was crowned our new 2016 Gromsearch National Female Champion.



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HALFWAY BOARDRIDERS FINAL CONTEST FANTASTIC!

Halfway Kuta Boardriders final contest was a blast! Although the waves were pretty small, it was super consistent so everybody got a chance to show their skills.

The first day was the Halfway Challenge and it’s Open Division, surfers from around Bali were invited and the comp ran smoothly all day. Garut Widiarta took the top position in the final. He needed only a small score but ended up getting the highest score in the final with only a half minute to go.

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RIP CURL GROMSEARCH #4 HELD IN THE POWERFUL BEACH BREAK BARRELS OF BENGKULU, WEST SUMATRA!

Ketut Agus and Taina Izquierdo triumph with gutsy performances!

16 MAY 2016 – Continuing the Search for Indonesia’s best groms, Rip Curl kicked off Gromsearch #4 in the powerful beach break of Pantai Pajang in Bengkulu, West Sumatra. “It looked like Puerto Escondido in Mexico,” Said very surprised Dad Rizal Tanjung, “Gnarly grown-up, spitting barrels. But the boys handled it! A great day of surfing! We’ll be coming back”.

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