Passion Comes in Waves



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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Billabong announced the opening of its first concept store in Nusa Lembongan. Situated on the main street of Jungut Butu, Billabong Lembongan measures 92meter square is fitted with a blend of timber, brick textured walls and groovy concrete flooring. Offering up the best selection of garments and accessories the brand has to offer the store is made unique with highly impactful visuals throughout. Reflecting the hard core surf philosophy of the brand.

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Balinese Artist I Kadek Agus Andre Yoga Permana has come of age. With dense, detailed graphic art that reflects a decidedly modern Balinese tale. With mixed medium pen and ink, his latest art is dazzling collectors. From those lucky enough to have him illustrate their latest surfboards to those serious collectors who are paying close attention to his larger pieces and spectacular wall murals.

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Situated directly on the beach in Canggu, The Lawn has already become a favourite local establishment. The beachside chic restaurant combines easy lounging with casual fine dining, and is the perfect spot for a breezy lunch date, sunset drinks or a long dinner with friends.

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Oakley threw a super party in Seminyak to introduce their new Custom experience sunglasses. An idea so good that it is hard to believe someone did not think of it before. As usual, using the highest quality material, Oakley has designed the first truly custom sunglasses.

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Volcom was founded in 1991 on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it.

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