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Indonesia Drops Oz from Visa-Free Policy

The plan to waive the visa requirement for visitors from Australia, previously aimed at attracting more foreign tourists, has been dropped amid concerns surrounding repeated turbulence over Jakarta-Canberra diplomatic ties.

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Tyler Wright Washed Over Rocks in Cronulla

Competing for her home surf club, Culburra Boardriders from southern NSW, Tyler Wright (AUS) washed up on the rocks during the Australian Boardriders Battle. She in stable condition but taken to the hospital for precautionary checks.

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Free Visa On Arrival All Nonsense

The Russian Embassy in Indonesia denied statements by local officials and in press articles that stated from 2015 Russian tourists, amongst others, would not need visas to enter Indonesia.

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In the only story on the subject we uncovered in the news, a Russian embassy spokesperson said, “Currently, the immigration regime at crossing points in Indonesia for Russians visiting the country as tourists remains the same, namely tourists get a visa on arrival for a period of 30 days at a cost of $35 (with the possibility of subsequently extending the visa for an additional 30 days).”

The spokesperson added that procedures for other types of Indonesian visas have not changed either.

In November 2014, several Indonesian ministers promised that starting from January 2015, tourists arriving in the country from Russia, Australia, China, South Korea and Japan would be able to get a free visa stamp allowing them to stay in Indonesia for 30 days.

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Sources: The Beat Daily

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Suspect in Ricardo dos Santos Shooting Death Claims Self-Defense

The man responsible for the killing of Ricardo dos Santos has claimed he was acting in self-defence when he shot the Brazilian surfer three times on Monday morning.

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R.I.P. Ricardo Dos Santos

It is with very heavy hearts that we inform you that Ricardo Dos Santos has passed away at the age of 24 in a Brazilian hospital.  After sustaining multiple gunshot wounds at Praia da Guarda do Embau, near Palhoca, yesterday, Ricardo remained in critical condition at a hospital in Brazil. Conflicting reports started emerging regarding the specifics of the incident, but the fact remained that yesterday morning, Dos Santos was shot three times in the chest and stomach by another man.

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Video: Hilarious Pre Surf Warm Up

There are few things better on this earth than watching a ridiculous surf warm up. We all have that mate that takes an hour to prepare before surfing.

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Video: Bali, Heaven and Hell

Video related to Heaven and Hell books by Phil Jarratt. A short history of corruption, chaos, bloodshed, exploitation, free love, great surf and high times under the banyan trees.

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Video: When It All Goes Wrong On The North Shore

Imagine having stabbed in the throat by your own surfboard, sustaining a lacerated windpipe and breathing through a flap in your neck. This happened to Tracks editor Luke Kennedy at Sunset.

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Mountains of Trash Wash Ashore in Kuta

Every year when the rainy season starts in Bali the entire length of Kuta beach is inundated with a floating mass of trash that washes ashore in sufficient quantities to disgust visitors to the beachfront, frequently ending plans for a day of surf and sand.

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Video: Benjamin Sanchis Smashed by Massive Nazaré

Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) tows into one of the biggest waves ever challenged at Nazaré, Portugal, gets air, recovers, then goes down hard on December 11, 2014.

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