It makes sense that Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key spiritual Balinese pillar temples, also hosts the most spectacular surfing village on earth. Visible from the remarkable line-up on, perched on top of her steep limestone cliffs rising over 70 metres above sea level, the Balinese Hindu believe that the three divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva become one entity here. That belief results in making Uluwatu Temple a place of worship of Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu deity of all elements and aspects of life in the Universe. Pura Uluwatu is also dedicated to protect Bali from evil sea spirits. ’Ulu’ means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and ‘watu’ means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese. Several archaeological remains found here prove the temple to be of megalithic origin, dating back to around the 10th century.
With a brand new spot, a brand new format and a brand new opportunity for Java’s hottest junior surfers, Rip Curl Gromsearch #3 unleashed the most talented pool of surfers yet into 6 foot surf off Krakal Beach, Java. With most surfers weighing in well under 45 kilos, the big conditions were challenging to say the least as the 58 fearless competitors jumped into a roaring rip heat after heat to give it their best shot. And why not? When a championship is at stake and a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the international Gromsearch coming up this summer at an out-of-the-country location?
Taj Burrow had to call on all his competitive experience to take the final at the World Surf League QS1000 KomuneBali Pro presented by The Mad Hueys at Keramas. He surfed like a champ to defeat emerging 16-year-old Queensland surfer Ethan Ewing in a close final held in high performance 3 to 4 feet surf at Keramas.
A steady stream of almost 97 kids began jumping off motor bikes and piling out of cars frothing to first check the waves and then the heat board at Volcom’s first Totally Crustaceous Tour event of 2015, the Geckofish Sanur at Lembeng Beach. And yes the waves were absolutely pumping, with glassy 3-4 foot rights and lefts peeling down the reef just begging to be ripped apart.
In the time-honored Volcom tradition of Letting the Kids Ride Free, this Geckofish event attracted not only the East Coast of Bali’s best kids but also kids from Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Canggu, Kuta, Uluwatu and even Taiwan and Brazil! With no entry fee, free lunch, games, and prizes to the finalists and two custom surfboards up for grabs, it’s no wonder the event was full to the gills with groms. Event Director Ribut Wahyudi: “This is crazy, I closed the registration a month ago with about 60 kids, and now look…but I can’t turn all these other kids away can I?”
There is no one else like them on the island.
Born and raised in Bali, as much a part of this island as any, their names are deceiving. Honoring their Father’s early Hawaiian experience and their own understanding of a different archipelago’s soul. Puanani, meaning “Beautiful flower” in the half-forgotten language of Hawaii and younger sister Kailani, meaning “The Calm sea”. How fitting for them both. How perfectly named. Surfers. Champions. Achievers. The following is what they have to say for themselves.