We hear the groom was a surfer.
Making this day all about the agony and the ecstasy.
But which was which?
Still…If you can’t love two things at once, there is something wrong with you.
First developed for Travis Potter for traveling throughout Indonesia seeking perfect empty barrels, Luke Studer’s new mind machine features a Lopez inspired outline with plenty of forward volume feeding into a spiral vee and a 2+1 fin setup. This is a board that can be depended upon to push the limit of adventure barrels. Traveling to extremely remote tubes demands a refined, realistic quiver and these new barrel dependable designs are just the ticket. Still, the bottom contours allow that big roundhouse cutback when you blast out of the tube and still give you that control, confidence and propulsion you need from late take-off to rocketing kick out over the shoulder. They are dynamite paddlers too. Mikala Jones’s feedback has refined the design for riding super deep while still maintaining control. A master of riding some of the most remote foam balls in Indonesia, Mikala has suggested the influences of Tri-Plane hulls, asymmetrical tails for specific right or left tubes and all man…
“To be any kind of good surfer on Nusa Lembongan”, says native son Agus Frimanto, “You must have a very close connection with the moon”. And at 27 years old, he is the man that should know. Surfing on our neighbor island is tidal to the extreme. Constantly swept with deadly currents, Lembongan can look flat at low tide and be ten foot by high. And don’t forget those famous rogue waves that come in, vexing inexperienced visitors who are out on a three foot day when all of the sudden a ten foot set barrels through the line-up. But Agus Frimanto is an experienced breed of Lembongan surfer, never caught by surprise. “You have to pay attention over here.
Sometimes our best sessions are only 40 minutes long. You need to connect to be a part of the peak moments over here”. Still, drawing inspiration from John John Florence’s surfing and possessing a bubbling enthusiasm for Lembongan’s future, Frimanto can see a day when his island will no longer appear as a private surfing reserve and ins…
Remember yourself at 20 years old? Or if you are not there yet, can you imagine yourself at that age? Either way its a long, long time. And in our 20th year of publication the 16th Annual Surftime Awards are still going strong. The best ever this year, at a place we have always belonged. Finally, we are back at Single fin, Uluwatu, within reach of the crashing waves below a glowing moon. Hell yes. A chance to honor the best among us both in the water and out. Special recognition was given this year to the people who make up our surf industry here in Indonesia.
Think about it. Without all the stuff from the advertisers that you see in these pages, we wouldn’t be surfers at all. No boards, no wax, no cool clothes, groovy sunglasses, all the elements that mark us as a unique tribe of people on earth. As surfers themselves, these industry insiders provide the spiritual side of our clothes and equipment. Without these people who provide the look and all the equipment we love, we might ha…