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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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TAJ BURROW GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT KOMUNE BALI PRO PRES

Keramas Beach, Bali Indonesia: Saturday May 7th, 2016

In one of his last ever World Surf League (WSL) event appearances, Taj Burrow won the Komune Bali Pro Presented by The Mad Hueys for the second year in a row in pumping four-to- six foot waves at Bali’s best right-hander, Keramas. Burrow clinched victory in the final minute against Australia’s Central Coast underdog Shane Holmes who was a standout for all of the event.

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THE GROMMETS ROCKED WEST JAVA



Rip Curl’s GromSearch #2 turned up the heat at Batu Karas, West Java last weekend as Indonesia’s hottest Under 16 year old surfers displayed exactly the kind of surfing that this contest series was created to inspire. High flying maneuvers were the order of the day at the “Malibu of Indonesia” highlighted by the hottest battle of the year when Ketut Agus, title defender from Gromsearch #1 at Lombok, dramatically lost his number one spot to Padma’s Raju Sena.



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RIP CURL GROMSEARCH LOMBOK SCORES THE WAVES IT WAS LOOKING FOR!

Lombok, 15FEB16- Rip Curl’s Gromsearch lived up to its name by not only searching for the best young surfers in Indonesia but also searching for the best waves for them to surf in. After a last minute decision to move the contest from Senggigi Beach all the way across the island to Kuta Lombok’s famed Seger Beach, the Senggigi Boardriders jumped into action with transport and support and coordinated with the West side boys to make it all happen. Sure enough, the predicted swell moved in and gave the competitors a perfect field of 3-4 foot rights with light winds and yet another great Gromsearch was underway.

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TAINA IZQUIERDO RUNNER-UP IN THE TAJ’S SMALL FRIES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bali’s Taina Izquierdo faced her biggest challenge in Western Australia recently. Paddling out into rough conditions against two of Australia’s hottest under 16’s women and her best friend,Bali’s Cinta Hansel, Taina was able to find a series of rare lefts that vaulted her to runner-up on this, the second stop of the prestigious Aussie “bloodline” series.

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KUTA BEACH FEST 2015 – A CREATIVITY MOVEMENT OF YOUTH

3. Kuta Beach Fest 2015

Kuta Beach Festival ( a creativity movement of youth ) adalah Sebuah event di pantai kuta yg diselenggarakan oleh generasi muda kuta , dengan mengumpulkan semua konsep dan kreatifitas jiwa muda serta didukung oleh venue “Pantai Kuta” yang merupakan icon destination bagi wisatawan mancanegara maupun dosmetik, maka terbentuklah event ini dengan mengusung tema Youth Art and culture.

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