Why Bali’s hotbed is getting hotter

This great video clip below from INSurfNews‘ lead editor, Andrew Oliver, is the latest of many to shed light on the creativity emanating out of Bali’s best surfers.

Local boys Betet Merta, Dede Suriyana and Marlon Gerber represent the tip of the spear for Bali’s ever-swelling local ranks. Over the past decade these guys have undoubtedly seen more high performance surfing than anyone else on the planet.

Bali’s gorgeous scenery and highly rippable surf make it the new mecca of progressive surfing — where the world’s best go to have fun, frolic and get their freak on in the water.

As the cover to the right so beautifully illustrates, the locals have been absorbing the lessons brought in from distant shores. And as you’d expect, the they’re dutifully adding their own twists, supporting Nick Carroll’s cover story argument in the same September issue of Surfing Magazine.

Nick builds a solid cast that the most relevant hotbeds of today are outside of the United States and Australia, and it’s not about to change. Citing demographics, socioeconomic factors and wave rich natural resources he builds a solid case.

Carrol has been covering surfing non-stop since the late 70s, long before his brother Tom was world champion, and charting the temperature of global hot zones is where he shines.

His cover story is like a cliff notes version of George Friedman’s best selling book The Next 100 Years, with a surfing twist. If you’re a sucker for future predictions, I recommend both.