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Indonesia eyes 12.7m foreign tourist arrivals in 2019

Indonesia is aiming for higher growth in foreign tourism within the next five years as the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has set a target of 12.7 million foreign visitors by 2019, a 25 percent increase from the estimated 9.5 million inbound tourists this year.

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Video: Jamie O’Brien Board Transfer at Solid Wedge

Jamie O’Brien, who you’ve already seen do a board transfer at Pipeline, just did the same thing at The Wedge in California. A board transfer, in case you’re wondering, consists of Jamie paddling into a bomb on a foam Catch Surf log with his regular shortboard balanced on the nose. When he stands up, he picks up the shortboard with him and rides down the face holding it in his hands. After bottom turning the log, he then jumps off and lands on the shortboard (on his feet).

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Laird Hamilton shoots the Malibu Pier

Laird Hamilton, a legendary big-wave surfer, made headlines Wednesday by helping to rescue a surfer in distress in enormous surf at Surfrider State Beach in Malibu. But it’s what Hamilton did Tuesday evening that has captured the attention of surfers  monitoring highlights during a powerful swell generated by Hurricane Marie, off Mexico about 1,000 miles away.

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Drop in, Whose Fault is it?

In many spots around the world, the dreaded drop-in can end in fistfights and sometimes worse. It’s important to observe the correct etiquette while you’re out there surfing, otherwise things will just descend in to total chaos.

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Photos: Padang last Sunday – Did you miss it? Don’t miss the photos

Last Sunday we got to the beach around 11AM, and it was high tide. Waves were barely breaking with 2-3 ft sets coming through. Around 12:30 a good set of 3 or 4 waves barreled all the way to the channel and we decide to go out and snap some shots . A few minutes later some 8 footers were coming through producing what Padang is known for… Wide and heavy barrels. Check the photos and leave your comments.

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6-Year Old Quincy Symonds, Surfing and Skateboard Princess

It’s hard to believe that a little girl in pigtails, who’s only in her first year of school, could possibly be the best six-year-old surfer and skater in the world.

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Australian Surfer Dies at Scar Reef, Indonesia

Australian surfer Peter Luke, 27, was surfing five-metre waves off Jelenga Beach in West Sumbawa, Indonesia on Tuesday when he went missing. His two friends used the boat they’d hired to search for him and eventually found his body on a nearby reef. AAP reported earlier his name was Peter Lore, which they have now corrected.

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Protests Greet New Dolphin Pool Attraction in Keramas Beach

A newly opened dolphin attraction in Bali has sparked protests from NGOs, which say keeping dolphins in a small chlorinated pool will cause the intelligent beings to suffer a slow, horrific death.

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US Couple Sought in Murder of American Woman at Bali Resort

Police in Bali are on the hunt for a young American couple in connection with the alleged murder of the girl’s mother at an upscale beach resort on Tuesday.

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Fairytale Ending at pumping Rip Curl Padang for Garut Widiarta

Dreams do come true and they certainly did today for Bali’s Garut Widiarta in the most spectacular waves seen in the Rip Curl Cup’s 11 year history.

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