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…
This year The Halfway Boardriders Challenge 2019 was held within the Annual Kuta Beach Festival and what an event they both were. Not only a surf contest, the festival included live music, local clothing stalls, local food warungs, skateboard demo’s and even a traditional Baleganjur. With all the action going late into the night after the fantastic surfing. The Halfway Boardriders challenge presented by Vissla was a wildly competitive event with surfers from all over Indonesia. Not only all the local boardriders clubs but surfers from Nias, Java and Sumbawa too. A real gathering of talent for local creators and innovators, promoting beach awareness and environmentalism. The event even had a turtle mascot to represent the weekly turtle releases. All in all a big event with the Halfway challenge presented by Vissla.
“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…