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18- Flying high and in control, Rio knows how to do it, Keramas, Bali-5935

Photos: Hot Groms, The Future of Indonesia – 1 of 3 Cruising Keramas

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.

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Video: Robbie Maddison Surfs Teahupoo on a Dirt Bike

Robbie Maddison is the first person to use a dirt bike to surf a wave and he rode his dirtbike into the channel and took off on a wave at Teahupo’o. The stunt, titled “Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream,” is the result of a two-year partnership between Maddison and DC Shoes that allowed the motocross superstar’s imagination to run wild. From his helmet to motocross boots, Maddo was dressed for FMX when he took his dirt bike into the unchartered saltwater terrain of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia.

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No Beer or Bikinis for Shariah-Compliant Tourism

Indonesia’s top clerical council is demanding the government draw up legislation to make tourism in the country compliant with Islamic principles.

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15- Joe Barrel flying high over the peak, Lakey Peak-1188

Gallery Lakey Peak: The Waves of Your Life

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.

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The Best Waves Discovered in The 21st Century

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

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2014 Trials Winner - Rahtu Suargita. pic; Mick Curley

Rip Curl Cup Trials are on standby from Saturday, July 25th to Friday 31st

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 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

Rip Curl Cup Trials Round 1

Heat 1
Rahtu Suargita
Tommy Sobri
Betet Merta
Raju Sena
Heat 2
Agus Dag Sumerteyasa
Koko Mitsua
Dedi Santosa
Heat 3
Koki Hendrawan
Tumbling Sudiantara
Gogo Sujaya
Andre Anwar
Heat 4
Dede Suryana
Wayan Plekut
Made Loco Swastika
Heat 5
Wayan Gobleg
Nyoman Blacky
Awan Desert
Kadek Rudita
Heat 6
Pepen Hendrik
Marlon Garber
Mega Artana
Randi Dinar
Heat 7
Alik Rudiarta
Agus Blacky Setiawan
Komag Pasek
Dedi Gun
Heat 8
Mustofa Jeksen
Darmaputra Tonjo
Komang Adi Putra
Made Lana
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Import Tax on Alcohol Increase to 150%

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.

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A Dugong Plays in The Waves of Uluwatu

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).

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Photos: Temptation for all – Telo Islands

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.

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Mick Fanning Attacked By Shark At J-Bay Open

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.

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