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Surf Season

Bali’s famed surf season is now approaching and as it does come a number of great surfing competitions.  The 2006 Indonesian Surfing Championship is set to commence with a Kuta Lines event in Sanur, followed by the Billabong Pro in May.  Quiksilver has recently announced a number of events, starting with the second year of the ‘King of the Groms’ series.  The King of the Groms is an annual global surfing competition for aspiring surfers under 16 years of age. This year Quiksilver Indonesia will be taking the King of the Groms nationally, holding trials in the waves of Nusa Lembongan, Sumbawa, Cimaja (Java), Padang-Padang (Bali) and Nias.   The winner of each of trial will be flown to the final of the Quiksilver King of the Groms to be held at Kuta Beach.  The winner of the final in Bali will then receive the opportunity of a lifetime – a trip to France for the World King of the Groms final in August.  The first of the trials was held at Nusa Lembongan on March 12, with the final being held in Bali on July 22. 
The inaugural Quiksilver Core Store Challenge will be held on 25th March on Kuta Beach.  The event will see teams of surfers representing various surf shops in Bali, competing to see which is the most ‘core store’.  Bali’s surf store community has been integral in the development of both tourism in Bali and the ongoing success of the surf industry - and this competition in a way acknowledges the guys and girls working tirelessly everyday.  The event is sure to bring out the best surfing as the stores compete for cash and prizes, but for most of all, reputation.
While on surfing, Rip Curl School of Surf recently held a charity event at 66 beach.  17 children from Yayasan Darma Djati, an orphanage located in Denpasar, received basic instructions on surfing technique firstly on the beach and then in the waves.  Participants also received a demonstration of water safety skills and techniques  from local lifeguards, all members of the Badung Lifesaving Association.
Sailing News
Members of the Royal Bali Yacht Club (RBYC) launched a new boat – a 27' sloop called “Nefertiti”, in Nusa Dua recently. The vessel takes its name from the Mother of the Egyptian Pharos and means “The Beautiful One Has Arrived”.  Much work was put in by members over the past year in getting the boat into the water, including RBYC Commodore, Alvin Edmond and Master Yacht Designer and Builder Martin Moore.  Nefertiti will be used by members of all ages, both for recreation as well as in training skills and techniques of sailing to beginners.  It is the mission of the RBYC is to promote the sport of sailing and to promote Indonesia as a yachting destination. For more information about RBYC visit
In other sailing news, over 100 boats have already entered the Darwin-Kupang-Bali Rally, a large increase in numbers from 70 boats in last year’s event.  The rally departs the northern Australian city of Darwin in late July, with the mission being “to expose the cultural wonders of the Indonesian Archipelago to the outside world in an effort to develop marine tourism and the growth of yachting in our community”.  Participating vessels will cruise the Eastern islands of Indonesia, making stops at various locations along the way where government officials and local villages will put on traditional dinner and dances and to entertain the crews.  After a few weeks of cruising most of the boats will then arrive in Bali.  Organizers hope that the event will reinforce that the waters of Indonesia are a prime international location for excellent sailing.  For more details about the Rally, visit 
Australian Rules Tipping Compeition
islandSportz will run an Australian Football League tipping competition this season.  Starting with the first match on 30 March, the competition offers a cash prize for the winner with a part of the entry fee going to a chosen Bali orphanage. The competition runs for the full 22 minor rounds of the AFL competition, with results announced before the finals. For those who are interesting in testing their footy knowledge and joining the competition,email 
Last year’s winner was Mrs Veronica Muir from Inverloch in Victoria who tipped 115 winners in the 2005 season.
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