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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Within the very shadows of the giant Hard Rock Café complex, just across the street actually, is a new surf shop that is making its own waves. The BLUE PANIC surf shop is as treat to visit and shop in. Nestled right into the curve of Kuta Beach, within sight of the pounding shorebreak, BLUE PANIC will take you by surprise.

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There are a few Bali restaurants that rise above the rest, but one of these restaurants is certainly Chandi. Always exciting, the never-humble Nasi Goreng that has been a wild favorite for the last eight years has now been recreated in three stunning versions. The crispy pork skin and pineapple version, the slow roasted duck with lychees and fresh mint. And now, even a rich vegetarian delight is on the menu.

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MEJA KITCHEN “Back to the Roots”

Meja Kitchen presents Indonesian cuisine at its best. You’ll find new traditional recipes enriched with modern touches and some delicious surprises from our famous chefs.

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Rip Curl

Rip Curl rocked the Grand Opening of their new concept store at KotaKasablanka Mall. Their retail design team have created a Urban Ambience in designing this – their latest store. It covers a total of 151 square meters of prime shopping space. Featuring a complete range of Men’s and Women’s apparel and accessories. With special areas dedicated to their famous Mirage products, including the latest Boardshorts, the popular Boardwalks and a Girls Swim space featuring the latest from ithe My Bikini range.

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More a festival than a grand opening, Miura’s big night under the stars was a blur of great food, great drinks, giveaway’s, music and stunning Flamenco performances. With the theme of the night being the Festival De San Fermin, how could it go wrong? Throngs of people showed up in their “running of the bulls” best, with bright red sashes against the white dress code honoring the most famous Spanish festival of the year. An upscale crowd mingled with Flamenco dancers and wandering mariachi musicians as they munched on the free tapas and spiced “Sangria perfecto”.

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