Before I surfed Bali, I had heard the Indonesian urban legends and old wives’ tales about surfing the archipelago, but more specifically about surfing Bali.
“I know a guy who wore a green bathing suit and he was killed by a poisonous water snake.”
“If you hit the reef surfing Bali, you’ll have to cut open the wounds, dig out the reef with a toothbrush, and squeeze lemon into it.” Read more
The first time I visited Tahoe was in the summer of 2003. Friends and I had passed through after our surf trip from San Diego to San Francisco was ruined by a placid Pacific. We were in awe by the magnitude of the lake, the size of the pine forests, and the height of the surrounding mountains. This February was my first time back in ten years and winter on the lake had a way of transforming an already stunning place into a paradise. Last month, snowboarding Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows offered up uncanny rides and views that even a master photographer could never squeeze onto a postcard. Read more
I’ve skied and snowboarded at least two dozen spots on the East Coast. But so far, nothing compares to snowboarding Killington, one of Vermont’s best mountains. With more than 140 trails, more than a dozen lifts, and three gondolas, “The Beast of the East” makes you feel like you’re out West.
My favorite line in the film Endless Summer is “You should’ve seen it yesterday.” For those who don’t speak surflish, it means that the waves were epic yesterday and you missed it… bro. So far this winter, I’ve been hearing surflish from the slopes. I had planned on snowboarding in New York over the Christmas vacation, but when I looked into setting up my road trip and clicked on the website for snowboarding Windham Mountain, it said that only twelve trails were open.
The day after I cancelled my trip, I received word from upstate that Windham had received a foot of snow and that all of the trails were open. “Good powder,” my brother wrote, who happened to be snowboarding Windham because his wife was performing there. (She’s a singer.) “30 trails open.” Read more
I’ve surfed fifteen countries. As a rule of nature, it is usually flat for a traveling surfer. Some of my best waves required days of waiting out flat spells just to experience one or two days of perfect swell. But Bali is a freakish little dot in the ocean that acts as a wave magnet. For consistency, surfing Bali is a must for surfers looking to stuff their board stocking this holiday season.