Garut Widiarta is facing his biggest test of the year: the Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang. Show up unprepared against the world’s best barrel hunters at the Balinese Pipeline and you’re guaranteed to fail. But Garut is no C-student. He’s the 2014 Rip Curl Cup Champion, with a near perfect attendance record at Padang […]
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.
Pepen Hendrik is one of the most powerful surfers in Indonesia, charges on every wave he catches and is given priority at every spot he’s at!
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.
The Rip Curl Asia team upped the ante during free surfing this week in the SearchGPS Keramas Challenge. Check out how Garut Widiarta, Pepen Hendrik, Putra Hermawan, Dharmaputra Tonjo and Dedi Gun fared across a range of metrics – speed, wave count, ride length, distance paddled, and more.
On the opening day of the inaugural Komune Bali Pro presented by the Mad Hueys at Keramas, it was Bali’s Pepen Hendrik and Lakey Peak’s Gazali Hamzah that posted the two highest scores of day to send out a clear message to the international field that the local contingent is a force to be reckoned with in this dual sanctioned Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) event.
February 4th and 5th, A good South swell was heading towards the Island of the Gods and every surfer we spoke with was frothing to surf the first good swell of 2014.
The boys have been dominating the peak at Keramas the last few swells. Rumors are that in a desperate attempt to catch a few waves, some Australians tried to bribe Darmaputra Tonjo and the rest of the boys by promising them a bottle of Jack Daniels if they would accidentally miss a few waves of the set.
It doesn’t take much to enjoy life in Bali… No Money? Just make yourself a Warung from pieces of Driftwood washed up on the beach, sell a couple of Bintangs to some travelling Italians and hey presto! – you have enough money to eat and you can surf the rest of the day….
Welcome to Tales From Paradise. A land of perfect sunsets and spitting barrels. Where there’s always a trip in the works and rental cars were made to be broken. Welcome to sleeping in your board bag under the stars and white-knuckle flights on rickety Cessna planes.