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.
It never stops. It never changes. It barely even evolves. The North Shore would be an interesting study for any professor of sociological transformation. Since 1938 the crucible of tough love for the surfing universe. A place that still smelts raw talent, alloys it and pours into the form of memorable surfing reputations. Bomb into Teahupoo all you want, but until you become a player on the North Shore, you may be remembered as a good surfer, but never a great one.
And so in this, our 124th issue we are celebrating the new decade with a sumptuous feast of North Shore energy. Thanks to our team of photographers that were beachside and in the water, we open this issue with a 12 page spread of the finest North Shore photography you will see this year. Or for any year for that matter. Because we believe this is the among the best photography to come out of the North Shore season in our sport’s history.
Thanks to Pete Frieden, Liquid Barrel and Damea Dorsey, who toiled away on the bl…