TransWorld SURF: What’s up with the surf talent down in Indo? I’ve been hearing a lot about some really good kids.
Keith Malloy: Without a doubt there is some amazing talent coming out of Indonesia. Dede and Dedi are both excellent young surfers. Betet is another guy that I surfed with a ton while I was down there. He was doing world-class aerial type maneuvers. There’s a strong group of surfers down there- it’s not like just a couple guys- there’s a crew.
Outer Island guys?
Yeah. I believe Dede ‘s from the outer islands. He’s like a little Occy-he’s got these huge tree trunk like legs. He’s not a big kid but he’s got these powerhouse legs. He and Dedi are from the outer islands, but now they live with Dustin Humphrey (TWS Photog) so they can hang out and surf in Bali, get some more exposure. It’s not even out of the question for one of those guys to become a ‘QS/CT tour competitor, if not that one the guys you see in the magazines all the time doing the sickest moves.
TWS: So you guys came across a new spot this summer in Bali?
Keith: Yeah. Basically in the last year this wave started to get surfed. I guess there was never a road built out to it. I’ve been comparing it to Lance’s Right. It’s a half an hour out of Kuta, and breaks right near the beach. It’s pretty much one of the funner waves I’ve surfed. It’s a full on barrel, and when you come out it’s a real rippable section. I think it’s more playful than Lance’s Rights-but at the same time it’s a good barrel. Mikala Jones got about five or six stand up barrels that looked exactly like Lance’s Rights.
TWS: What was the atmosphere like over there as far as SARS and terrorism and all that?
Keith: We flew through Taipei on the way there and we had to wear SARS masks. It was mandatory you wear a SARS mask in the Taipei airport, they handed them out in the airport- so that was pretty creepy feeling. When you get into Kuta it is very noticeable how many less tourists are around than in years past so it gives you an uneasy feeling- but you feel safe. It doesn’t have the same vibe anymore though, usually you go there and everyone is happy and raging and it’s no worries. Now that there are a few issues, but we went there to surf, not to party, so it couldn’t have been a nicer trip. There were so few people there and the breaks were really uncrowded. The locals are all so sad, they are such good people, they just want everyone to be happy. They are hoping that people will understand Bali is safe and Balinese people will welcome any tourists.
TWS: What’s your favorite thing about Bali and Indonesia in general?
Keith: I guess my favorite thing about Indonesia is every time I’ve been there I’ve surfed so much that I don’t even want to think about surfing for like a month after I get home. You go to Bali or anywhere in Indo and you get surfed out. Ten days straight of really good waves all day long- it’s just nice when you go there you know you’re going to surf like crazy. You get to the point where you just want to go home and lounge.
TWS: How’s the food?
Keith: There are some really good restaurants there nowadays, but it’s always fun to get the ghetto street food. Every morning on the way to surf we’d get this rice dish-nasay something, I forget what it’s called but it’s really good. Its kind of fun getting into the culture there. Still the heaviest thing about Bali or Kuta is the driving. Mike Todd and I took turns driving to the surf spots, which was a pretty solid drive sometimes, and the Balinese would have their whole family on one motorcycle-two adults, two kids, and a dog, on a normal size motorcycle and they’re weaving thru traffic. No matter how many times I’ve been down there it still blows my mind.