Ryan Burch puts the pedal to the metal on the walls of Bangko-Bangko and pulls into some heavy ones at Grajagan Bay after sharing a few thoughts on self-expression, how surfing and the asymmetrical boards he shapes fit into that, and what it is about being on a wave that excites him.
The latest #Tournotes just dropped in this post-Portugal. This series goes from strength to strength and has, among other things, made Brett Simpson one of the top three most likeable people on tour. But, the highlight of this episode is John John’s “Hollywood shuffle” aka the world’s greatest duckdive.
An exceptionally dry “dry season” is currently being experienced in Bali, most felt in the southern portions of the Island heavily populated with hotels and private residences.
How many times have you dreamed of living on a beach eternally?
It’d be easy. You just get yourself a bar and serve drinks to other like-minded, super chilled and ultimately enlightened beings and live life like James Bond without all the tedious spy business.
In honour of this life that we all wish we led, we’ve put together eight of the best beach bars in the world. These beaches not only have excellent boozing facilities but they’re also within spitting distance of some banging surf spots. Ideal.
1. Cerritos Beach Club, Los Cabos Baja, Mexico
“What happens in Cabo stays in Cabo” or so the saying goes. The Mexican peninsula is the must-go place for southern Californians to find sun and surf. Because they don’t get enough of that at home.
Los Cerritos is a mellow beach break with a rock point, historically known as a surf camping mecca.
The Cerritos Beach Club is the only restaurant on the beach, not that you need variety. The beers and fresh grilled yellowtail fish tacos are enough to keep even the grumpiest of beach goers satisfied.
Saturday nights are all about live music followed by a few tequila shots. Needless to say, you won’t be joining the dawn patrol after a night here…
2. Flora-Bama Lounge, Florida, USA
Kenny Chesney playing live country music. Frozen cocktails. A washing line of discarded bras. It can only be the infamous Flora-Bama, located in Pensacola, Florida. As a surf spot, it’s known for having virtually empty waves. The bar, however, is anything but quiet.
Why the bizarre name? It’s located bang on the border of Florida and Alabama, hence Flora-Bama. Genius. And it was once named the #1 bar in America by Playboy Magazine, so they must be doing something right.
Make sure you order a Bushwacker, a creamy chocolatey piña colada. It’s notoriously lethal, laced with up to 70 per cent alcohol and guaranteed to give you the best time you’ll never remember.
3. The Surf Lodge, Montauk, USA
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit swankier, then The Surf Lodge in Montauk is the place to go.
It’s frequented by Manhattan socialites and Brooklyn hipsters looking for a slice of surf just a few hours from New York city. But don’t think you’ve escaped door queues and bouncers.
It’s jammed packed with glamorous women and bearded men in fitted shirts. Less dancing on the tables, more sipping cocktails with rock stars.
4. Bomba’s Surfside Shack, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Yep, it’s quite literally a crumbling shack but this is in fact one of the best bars in the Caribbean.
Bomba’s Surfside Shack was first built in 1976 by Bomba himself, made from driftwood and broken surfboards he found on the beach. He didn’t have any money to buy booze in the early days, so friends would drop by their half-drunk bottles for Bomba to use.
The Surfside Shack has survived all the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and is now popular for their Full Moon parties held every month.
Don’t go without trying Bomba’s famous Midnight Tea. Rumours about its.. ahem… interesting psychotropic effects are rife. Whether they are true is another matter, but we do know it contains a lot of rum, fruit juice and sits away bubbling in a cauldron.
5. Dick’s Sand Bar, Hossegor, France
It’s no relation (as far as we know) to the infamous après ski joint, Dick’s Tea Bar, in Val D’Isere. However, Dick’s Sand Bar is one of the most well-known watering holes in France’s surf city, Hossegor.
During the summer months, hoards of party people pack into its four walls for mojitos, kareoke and shots.
The crowd is pretty young, but if you’re under 25 and like seriously sweaty dancing, then you’ll feel right at home.
6. Tortilla Flats, Dominical, Costa Rica
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