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Respecting elders is a core element of Indonesia’s diverse cultures around the archipelago. This can even be seen in the line-ups; let’s say Padang is breaking and one of the established boys gets a sick wave, next set that rolls through he’s bound to be given a wave over one of the younger kids. The same may be seen in the media coverage where the majority of space is taken up by surfers present and past…with very little room for the up-and-comers to be scrambling for.
Indonesia’s top clerical council is demanding the government draw up legislation to make tourism in the country compliant with Islamic principles.
It was a big system coming to Indo. In the beginning it looked very solid and in spite of not living up to these initial expectations the swell that rolled in was of a good size and with a long period. My intention was to go somewhere different, as every year Lakey Peak is getting more and more exposed. No doubt the waves are really good at Lakeys and you have plenty of options but I wanted to escape from the crowd and shoot other waves with the boys.
Less than 16 years ago, some of the most well-known waves in the world had never been surfed. However with modern tools like Google Earth, GPS and high-powered jet skis, surf adventurers started to discover more perfect waves. Here are the best of those newly-found swells created by grindtv.com.
This year’s Rip Curl Cup trials are on standby from Saturday July 25 through to Friday July 31, and will be run on the best day of waves at Padang Padang, Uluwatu or Bingin over that window. The main event field has been reduced in 2015, to minimise the run-time of the Cup and capitalise on the best conditions available, and as such the one spot in the draw available for the winning trialist will be more highly sought after than ever, so please check in on live.ripcurl.com for the latest updates on all of the action.
Last year, the trials, which offer local standouts an opportunity to take on the best in the world on home soil, saw some of the best Padang Padang conditions and surfing of the year, and you can argue the case that the trials are almost harder to win than the main event, with the amount of talent in the draw.
Our official forecast partner, Coastalwatch, assures us there is plenty of swell on the horizon next week, and pumping Uluwatu is looking on the cards, so stay tuned for all the action and updates to come.
While you’re on the website be sure to check out our interview with last year’s winner Garut Widiarta, and see who else will be lining up alongside the defending champ in this year’s field, the strongest one in the 12 year history of the event!
See below for the heat draw for round one of the trials!
Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is sponsors by:
Telkomsel 4g, IndiHome, Hidden Valley, Bintang, Albens Cider, OctaFX, GrabCar, BIMC and Project Clean Uluwatu.
Media support by: Surfing World, Coastal Watch, Bali Belly, JUICE, Bali Alternative Media, Surf Time, and Indosurflife.com
Rip Curl Cup Trials Round 1
|Agus Dag Sumerteyasa|
|Made Loco Swastika|
|Agus Blacky Setiawan|
|Komang Adi Putra|
Liquor, beer, and wine drinkers will have to pay more than double the price for imported drinks in coming months after the government raised import tariffs.
The Indonesian Finance Ministry today put into effect a new import duty system that could lead to dramatic increases in the price of alcoholic drinks in Indonesia.
At sunrise, when the tide begins to rise, the crystal clear water still bathes the reef bordering the cliffs of Uluwatu, Bali. This is a perfect playground for this Dugong (Dongong dugon: Vulnerable marine mammal in danger of extinction).
Two weeks ago a very motley crew of surfers hopped onboard the Aileoita I in Padang, Sumatra, ready for whatever mother nature and the crew had in store for them. Informed by the latest forecasts the group agreed to heed the surf-guide’s advice and head beyond the well-documented Mentawai islands for the relatively lesser known Telos to the North, to search for waves and avoid crowds.
Australian surfing star Mick Fanning has survived being attacked by a shark during the J-Bay Open World Surf League event in South Africa. Dramatic vision showed a shark thrashing in the water near Fanning during his final against fellow Australian Julian Wilson at Jeffreys Bay, east of Port Elizabeth.