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Surfing on Cloud 9

Surfing on Cloud 9

You may have heard or the infamous wave, seen for a quick minute in the opening scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's classic 'Apocalypse Now'. The hollow right hander discovered recently in the late 1980s and named after a candy bar is the one of the sweetest right handers on the plant.

But don't let the sweet origins of the name fool you as 'Cloud 9' in Siargao, Philippines delivers heavy tubes. This year is extra special as the annual Siargao Cup is getting more attention as it's the next stop on the ASC or Asian Surfing Championship circuit. This year the event is co-sanctioned with the Association of Surfing Professionals or ASP as a 1 star event, where up and coming international surfers get to compete on the qualifying series level. 

The event on the tear drop shaped island will see surfers crying, both tears of joy and pain at one the best right hand peaks. With only a couple of guys in the line up during the event the nickname 'Crowd 9' becomes irrelevant, but the coral does still lurk come low tide. Some local surfers (like Dede Suryana who came in 3rd place at Sairgao last year) fly over to compete and surf this event with anticipation of tearing up the right hander while praying for some favorable NE winds.  

The Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will commence from the 24-28th of September this year with $15,000 in prize money to be fought over. 

CeremCo performing in an Alley of Legian Street

Of all the entertainment buzz happening on the street of Legian in Kuta, Bali, we have yet to see any “on the spot” street performances to date - especially Street Magic, so we thought we should deliver the first one. With CeremCo, a magician from Holland, we brought Kuta a spontaneous street magic show. Giving absolutely no prior ...

Drinkers with a Running Problem

I've heard about the Hash runs before, the group famously known for their tag line of 'drinkers with a running problem' but had never tried a run until coming to Bali. Hash House Harriers or 'hashers' as they are called, have been doing this sort of thing  for decades being a non competitive social running club. ...

Destination: The Harmony in Diversity around Lingsar Temple in Lombok

Pura Lingsar is a historical site that tells lots of stories about the Sasak tribe, the indigenous people of the island of Lombok - West Nusa Tenggara and their spiritual journey as a tribe since centuries ago. This temple complex was built in 1714 and is one of the holiest places for the Hindus in Lombok. Unlike most temples, this unique ...

AP: jiestasudibya.blogspot.com

Recently the Regional Minimum Wage in Bali has been increased up to Rp. 1,905,000 per month - which is good news for millions of locals working under minimum wage trying to afford daily necessities and just making enough to get by. However, this recent increase of minimum wage goes side by side with the increase of fuel price as well. This ...

Interstellar: Presenting a Monthly Audio-Visual Playground in Bali, Before Heading for the Eclipse Festival in Sulawesi!

It is safe to say that by now, many of us have been aware of the noise that Interstellar has made as they announced the Eclipse Festival 2016 to be held in Palu, Central Sulawesi on March 7-11, 2015. So, if you are wondering why the festival is held up there all the way in Sulawesi, the answer to it is very simple and practical. ...

ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Sound of Mine: The Sound of Alternative Rock with a Touch of Blues and More!

Bali has sure seen the birth and progress of numerous bands this year, and here we are, happy to do our part related to the births and happenings related to the island's music scene! We are sure passionate to cheer for the newcomers to make their way and earn their place, of course starting in the local scene.   This week we...

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