As part of our ongoing Anthology Surf Archive series, Anthology Recordings is recognizing the classic 1981 underground surf film, Bali High, directed by filmmaker Stephen Spaulding. For the 1984 VHS release Spaulding sought out the help of Kauai based musician and producer Michael Sena to compose an original score that could match the action and vibe of his film. Sena alone wrote, produced, and recorded the album in just three months.
And while the waves haven’t changed that much, the crowds certainly have. As we ready ourselves for another season filled with Bali surf travel, have a look back at what it was like to get a wave at Uluwatu in the early ’80s, without 100 surfers eyeing you down the line.