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CAUGHT INSIDE # 131

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Death is no big deal, it’s living that’s the tricky part. And don’t we do that well, us surfers. Living, I mean. Oh no, maybe not always, measured by societal success, but in the goal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we win. Every time we jump in the ocean. It’s that pursuit of happiness thing. On the face of a wave, a really good wave, there is literally no where else we would rather be. Think about it. In bed with a lover? Or rocketing down the line with a perfect wall lining up in front of you. C’mon, be honest. George Greenough, 70’s kneeboarding savant, even named his seminal surf movie about it. The Innermost Limits of Pure Joy. We’ll say two things about that. One, it was the first time anybody ever filmed surfing from inside the tube. And with a home made housing with a hand wound 16mm camera crammed inside it worn on his back and weighing 30 kilos. Think about that the next time you have a weightless Go Pro clenched in your teeth. Don’t worry, we don’t expec

NUMERO QUATTRO

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Numero Quattro is the unique product between Bali hospitality favourites: Tai Graham and Adam McAsey. It is your Neighborhood Home away from home. Bringing a fresh take to timeless classics, this vintage inspired Italian Grill delivers nostalgia across food, design and drinks. Sitting on the edge of Canggu’s famed Echo Beach, Numero Quattro is your place for a night of fresh pasta and wine. The group brings Chef Joel Bennetts to spearhead the culinary direction at Numero Quattro. He brings 16 years of culinary prowess into the Neighbourhood Italian, with his culinary philosophy mirroring the essence of simplicity. As each person carries their own DNA, Joel expresses the origin of his that translates to his cooking style. “When it comes to the culinary specifics, I think a lot of the love in my food comes from my late mother’s love for cooking and the way she instilled that in me from a young age,” says Bennetts. “My style of food is simple and direct. I only want on the plate w

VISSLA OPENS NEW DOORS IN CANGGU

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Nestled in the vibrant heart of Canggu, Bali, Stokehouse unveils its latest treasure trove for surf enthusiasts: a dynamic retail space housing three major brands - Vissla, Amuse Society, and Sisstrevolution. This exciting addition to the Canggu scene not only promises an unparalleled shopping experience but also serves as a hub for the surfing community, embodying the essence of the island’s laid-back surf culture. At the heart of Stokehouse’s new shop lies a dedication to curating the finest in surf apparel, accessories, and equipment. Vissla, renowned for its innovative designs and commitment to sustainability, offers a range of stylish and functional surfwear tailored for the modern wave rider. Meanwhile, Amuse Society brings a touch of bohemian flair, with its eclectic collection of beach-chic attire that effortlessly transitions from sand to street. And Sisstrevolution, with its bold and empowering designs, caters to the adventurous spirit of female surfers worldwide. Ste

FABLE - THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT IN THE MENTAWAI

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I am not going to tell you my name but I can tell you that I am just a kid and that I am a genius. Even though I hide that from everyone. Keep it in reserve so to speak. It helps keep my thoughts in order. If it was ever discovered how smart I was the grown-ups would screw it all up somehow. That’s just a fact of life. I am also a good surfer and someday I will be a great one. If such a thing can still exist in today’s internet world where everybody is saying and thinking and seeing the same things. Which is nothing really. What makes me think I will be a great surfer though is what the grown-ups actually do right for me and my friends. They give us perfect surfboards and encourage us and take us into perfect waves, sometimes even pushing us into them, literally. Especially out here in the islands. The Mentawai islands. I think most of us kids think we will be great surfers while we are out here on Kandui because of the feelings we get when we are on a wave. But more on that later.

BIG DEAL - RIO GETS A PIECE OF THE ACTION

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Sharpeye Surfboards is coming to town with a promised, community driven philosophy and Rio Waida will be spearheading the program in a very big way. For the first time in Indonesia, a surfer will not just be sponsored by a company for a few t-shirts and some “uang kecil”, Rio will become an actual shareholder and partner in the business. Surftime recently caught up with Sharpeye Chief’s Adam Wessel and Fridoun Chee to see what was up. ST: What Is Rio Waida’s involvement in the new Indonesian Sharpeye program all about? Adam Wessel: Simple. Rio is a part owner. This is a community minded, motivating way to be involved. It’s all about giving back to him. He is the most visible surfer in the region and this business model shows respect to that. And as a part owner we want him with us forever. Not just for his pro surfing career, but beyond. We want a very personal business culture in Indonesia, an invested culture. A family culture. Not just throwing t-shirts at some kid until he get

SHAPESHIFTER - OBSERVATION ON THE MANY FACETS OF MATT BIOLOS

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There is a certain way Matt Biolos looks at a surfboard. Its the same way he looks at life. As a perfect opportunity to eliminate the bullshit. And he doesn’t just hold a surfboard, he grabs it. He spins it. Weighs it. Slaps it as if he wants to see if it’s awake. Shakes it like he is shaking the coins out of its pockets. He tests its trip. Its integrity. The way you would a handshake. It’s grip. And when he hands a surfboard over to a team rider it looks like he just requisitioned it from a black market armory. And that is really something there, the way he tests his boards. Aside from the feedback he gets from Griffin Colapinto, Kolohe Andino, Mason Ho, Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, Yago Dora, Ian Crane, Coco Ho, Taj Burrow, Cory Lopez, Crosby Colapinto, Cole Houshmand, Erin Brooks, Eli Hanneman, Kade Matson, Sky Brown, Vahiti Mahana and the almighty Chris Ward, aside from all this stellar feedback, Matt Biolos is a good surfer himself. Damn good. Good enough anyway. To know wh

THREE KINGS

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Will you walk along the edge of the desert with me? I would like to show you what lies before us. Here things are sharp, elemental. There’s no one to look over your shoulder to find out what you are doing with your hands. If you’ve been listening, you must suspect that a knife will be very useful out here, not to use, just to look at. There is something else here too, even more important: explanations will occur to you, seeming to clarify: but they can be a kind of a trick. You will think you have hold of the idea when you only have hold of its clothing. Feel how still it is. You can become impatient here, willing to accept any explanation in order to move on. This appears to be nothing at all, but it is a wall between you and what you are after. Be sure you are not tricked into thinking that there is nothing to fear. Moving on is not important. You must wait. You must take things down to the core. You must be careful with everything, even with what I tell you. This is how you