Muklis Anwar dropped by the Surftime offices recently. His usual cheerful, smiling self. A naturally positive surfer. As if he was born with a happy gene. But in reality we discovered it is more than that. Here is a North Bali Island surfer, born into the Islamic enclave of village Medewi, who from very humble beginnings, made his own path to happiness through belief, commitment and maybe just a little luck. The following are some of the truths we learned about Muklis Anwar:
“You’ve come a long way, baby”. So read the ad slogan for Virginia Slims, a “Feminist” cigarette brand, released in 1968. This in response to the sexual revolution and a radical transition from suffragette to what was then called Women’s Liberation. Nowadays it’s just called basic human rights. And we have female warriors like Stephanie Gilmore to thank for that.
Although one’s life is not defined by the awards one receives, it sure helps. And with the 14th Annual Surftime Awards we were so very proud to celebrate the best of Indonesian Surf Culture and shower our awards over our community once again. More a gathering than just a party, the Surftime Awards not only signifies the end of our publishing year, but of all the fantastic achievements of its past year.
As exclusive as The Lawn in Canggu may look from the outside, it still manages a very organic, tribal vibe on the inside. And the 14th Annual Surftime awards, held there on September 22nd was just that. More of a family gathering than an awards night, this assembly of the best and brightest of our surfing community was at once a joyous, raucous and very, very loud affair.
Canggu is all on it’s own. Once an outpost, now a surfing colony, it’s been cut off. The natural disaster known as tourism and development, combined with a total lack of subsequent infrastructure, has resulted in a geographical isolation due to snarled traffic. From Kuta to Canggu, a bad best of an hour of breathing near pure carbon monoxide, this traffic is a result of a massive exodus of adventurers, scoundrels, criminals and vegans who have forged Canggu into the most outlandish surfing community in the world.