Topping a long list of highlights in the four days of non-stop surfing and extreme sports action at the Phuket Open, Bali’s Mega Semadhi took out the ASC/ISC Open Division final yesterday for his first contest win this year, while reigning Men’s Asian Surfing Champion Raditya Rondi (also from Bali, Indonesia) hoisted his second consecutive ASC Championship trophy as a result of his second place finish behind Semadhi.
Perfect stand-up Padang’s barrels, warm water and surfers like Owen Wright, Flynn Novak, Kevin Bourez, Bruno Santos and Mega Semadhi. What more could you ask for?
They’re young, feisty, smart and well travelled and they want to reclaim the destiny of their island home. In a relatively short time – not much longer than many of them have been around – Bali has gone from a sweet, spiritual, low key holiday destination to an international tourist hotspot sinking under the weight of mega-hotel developments, raucous bars and clubs and the garbage, detritus and waste that millions of tourists generate. Meet the surfer, the rocker, the activist and the princess saying enough’s enough: Give us back our Bali!