Teens who surf really well do jumps and turns in Sumbawa!
All photos by Duncan Macfarlane – (most) Captions by the photographer Billabong took their Bloodlines program to Lakey Peak, Sumbawa recently and it was like peering into a very bright future. The third of three development trips that’ve also featured stints in Tahiti and Hawaii, Bloodlines is all about making young surfers even better. We’re in good hands, here. […]
All photos by Duncan Macfarlane – (most) Captions by the photographer
Billabong took their Bloodlines program to Lakey Peak, Sumbawa recently and it was like peering into a very bright future. The third of three development trips that’ve also featured stints in Tahiti and Hawaii, Bloodlines is all about making young surfers even better. We’re in good hands, here.
You can’t help but wonder where these guys will be in five years. The world tour? A Kai Neville trip? Their local bakery? Regardless, these guys feed off each other in the water now, there’s no squabbling or jealousy or things you might expect from usual groms. They get pumped to watch each other surf.
Kalani Ball about to have a really good time.
It’s a 15-minute bike ride to check Periscopes. Some of the groms haven’t even driven a car let alone a bike so it was classic watching them learn how to drive those things. The turn off to Periscopes is a very bumpy dirt road, and there were a few hairy moments but no permanent damage, anyway.
Seth Moniz, brother of women’s Longboard World Champ, Kelia, has developed his barrel riding skills early with his hawaiian upbringing. This particular line wouldn’t look out of place on a forgiving day at Pipeline.
Griffin doesn’t surf like any other kid I’ve seen. He’s 16 and has already figured out his style, packs serious power and his make-rate with airs is impressive.
Good kids know how to share. Griff and Seth.
Lakey Peak invites opportunities like this, a crazy shot with peak action on both sides. Seth hucks on the right and Griff is a split-second shy of an awesome turn on the right. Almost.
Don’t fuq with this clique.
I think if I could use one word to describe Ethan Ewing’s surfing it’d be buttery. His style reminds me of a young Mick Fanning, Fanning the Fire days. Fast, smooth and precise.
Obviously, Ethan is handy on his frontside, too.
A little slice of paradise.
Tail high on a textured ocean, nothing new for Shaun’s West Oz upbringing.
Here’s the after-effect of Noa Deane, Dion Agius, Creed McTaggart and the like: Kids like Eithan Osborne boning out their straight airs to look damn good in photographs.
The dreaded low-tide walk to the tower at Lakeys is a 500m minefield over semi-dry reef. It’s made easier when Shaun Manners is lofting inverted for a pulled-back delight.
So controlled, so smooth and so huge. Griffin knows the value of keeping just enough fibreglass in the brine.
Kalani is from Stanwell Park and hones his style along the coastline from Cronulla, south to Ulladulla. He’s a comp hound, has no reservations about wanting to be a World Tour surfer and he has a well rounded game courtesy of years working with Matty Griggs, Owen Wright’s coach.
Mega Artanna, the little pocket rocket from Kuta had a complete handle on Lakey Peak lefts, and his inside rail.
Mega can displace water, too,
Eithan Osborne throws.
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