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74′ Bali was still a buzz. Story of a two months surf trip there at 17. Kuta was just a small village. Few losmen for backpackers and surfers with the neighborhood of the local families. Cows were hanging under the coconut trees. No electricity, no running water, dogs everywhere. Mushrooms from cowpats end up in a small restaurant. Pot passed from hand to hand. No forecast just the expectation of a new moon when it was flat. We had to listen the sound of the swell during the night, with the morning surprise… Just few surf spots were discovered beside Kuta and the virgin beaches up to Legian. Kuta Reef was the main surfed left on a good swell. Aussies were already ripping on 6′ boards.Frenchies, we were still under the 8′ gunny hawaiian/cal influence.
Denpasar police believe that a 56-year-old Melbourne man who died while surfing Kuta Reef Friday afternoon may have suffered from a fatal health issue.
Plans for the world’s first inflatable artificial reef with the purpose of creating tailor made peaks has been designed. Troy Bottegal plans to introduce, manufacture and install the world’s first eco-friendly inflatable surf reef, in Perth November 2015.
When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing he was out of the hunt for the title, destroyed his board, fracturing it into three pieces. He gave the hunks of twisted foam to the local groms, garnered his composure, and conducted his post-heat interview without breaking a sweat.
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.
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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Kelly Slater and Jason Andre judge John John Florence’s high-scoring heats at the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France.
Surfing is one of those sports with a steep learning curve. That’s especially true for those of us who adopted it at a later stage in life. I wish I had a surfer dad (or articles like these) when I first started surfing. It’s been quite a ride, but facing my fears out on the lineup and having conversations with some well seasoned Baja surfers has led me on the road to being decent on a surfboard… but I’ve still got a long way to go.
The 23-year-old surfer who lost parts of both arms after he was reportedly mauled by two sharks in Western Australia is a keen surfer and football player who was due to play in his football team’s grand final this weekend.
This guy couldn’t land the shark on the rocks so he jumped into the water to grab the shark and then takes it up to the beach. Call it amazing, call it insane — this recent shark-human interaction is one more in a growing trend of humans doing nonsensical things while engaging with one of most feared and misunderstood animals on the planet, let alone the ocean.