Whether you have been lucky enough to surf Padang Padang yourself or only watch it on the screen, you know that it is the preferred stage of Bali’s best homegrown talent. True to form, this edit from Durian Lab, features locals like Mega Artana, Bol Adi Putra and Lee Wilson — allow them to show you […]
With yet another swell strafing the islands these past weeks filmer Ivan Tanjung got behind the tripod to bring us this Hit&Run edit from Padang Padang, featuring a lineup of local heavy hitters that those outside of Indonesia might not recognise, but will soon be in awe of once play has been hit.
A volcanic archipelago of 18,000 islands (16,000 on high tide, apparently), Indonesia is also home to the Wallace Line, which separates the Indian and Pacific Oceans and leads to all sorts of wild conditions and energy in the strait between Bali and Lombok.
Lee Wilson is always be the guy on trips doing the most unassuming, techincally sound and massive airs for years, on par with the best in the game, always getting the shot alongside the best in the world. He traveled around Indo and score some perfect wave.
While the surfing world flocks to Lombok and Sumbawa in hopes of scoring Desert Point and Super Suck, locals Tai Graham, Marlon Gerber, Lee Wilson, Rizal Tanjung team up with Mitch Coleborn to stay home to score Bali’s most fickle best kept secret.
Here’s Lee Wilson and Chris Ward at Desert Point from just a few days ago. “A raw and unpredictable approach with an end product that one could stare at over and over again. He has been coming to Desert point for years. I was over here to surf this special wave on a Chilli Fader that I pulled off the rack, a board that I have grown quite fond of. This was my third time to Desert Point and the first time I’ve ever surfed it offshore. I hit up Wardo to see if he was down to collaborate on a piece. He was more than happy to. We went surfing, Carlo (Coral) documented. I’ve surfed some pretty good lefts in my life but nothing that comes close to this. A trip that was meant to be three days was cut short to one due to a wave driving my feet into the reef. This is what happened.” says Lee Wilson.
After scrubbing dishes for eight months, the missus decided that she would spot me a ticket to Bali and surf in the 2015 Rip Curl Padang Cup. That didn’t end up happening due to lack of swell. Waves were so fun though.
You may not recognize the names, but the cast putting on a show in this clip is very familiar with the mechanics of one of Bali’s most perfect righthand barrels.
Bali’s east coast, which hosted the world tour host when it last visited the Island Of The Gods, isn’t the most feared or famed region of Indonesia, but it definitely checks a lot of boxes when it comes to getting tubed.
Lee Wilson, Marlon Gerber, Adam Bennetts and Pepen Hendrik are the men on duty here, as our man-on-the-black-sand, Ivan Tanjung, lets the camera roll.
Lee Wilson is always be the guy on trips doing the most unassuming, techincally sound and massive airs for years, on par with the best in the game, always getting the shot alongside the best in the world. Now though, he is a man in transition. His half Indonesian, half Australian bloodline has always made him a perfect aquatic hybrid and one we’ve been hyped on for a long time. And now, after years of competitive and sponsored success traveling the world, getting photos, clips and podiums, Lee has pumped the brakes on that world and built a life that sees him spending more time with his family, his art — and as you’ll see here: dialing in the wave of the day, every day.
The latest masterpiece from Jimmy Lees and it features Julian Wilson, Dusty Payne and Lee Wilson at Lakey Peak on Sumbawa, Indonesia. Guaranteed the best seven minutes you will spend today.