Stab Magazine | No Contest: The Triple Crown Of Partying And The Most High-Performance Wave On Tour

No Contest: The Triple Crown Of Partying And The Most High-Performance Wave On Tour

“I’ve been to Bali 30 times…I’ve had Bali Belly 30 times!” 

Words by stab

Bali ain’t just Bintangs, black sand and upset tummies…it’s home to a permanent CT stopover at Keramas, has a thriving surf culture and is “the biggest party stop on tour.”

It’s been five years since the tour’s been to Keramas and ten years since Uluwatu. So, we had a bit of catching up to do.

Everyone knows Bali has its issues, but we’re not here to rehash the same old song, instead, we covered highlights of what’s inarguably the most high-performance surfing and partying stopover on the CT thus far.

Every Aussie who owns a surfboard has been to Bali at least once, but we weren’t going to get some Aus import to tour us around Kuta’s main strip. Instead, we enlisted the Bali-born Lee Wilson as our guide.

Lee’s a top five surfer in Bali and knows the waves and streets – well other than the one-way roads – better than anyone. Lee ran us to the Chili store and showed us where to grab a vegan feed, before putting on a proper clinic at Keramas.  

We also caught up with Tai ‘Buddha’ Graham, the founder of the “bucket list” clifftop restaurant and bar, Single Fin. According to Griff Colapinto, “Bali’s starting to look like the biggest party stop on tour: Single Fin, The Lawn and we’re one away from having a Triple Crown”.

Lee might’ve scored his “No Contest” section under the glow of day, but for a lot of the CT, the only time they could tuck into Keramas out of a jersey was under the shine of the Kommune lights. Italo’s allegedly out there garnering “400” waves before sunrise, while the likes of Matty Wilko are comparatively late risers after sleeping in till 5:30 am.

“Don’t look at the lights though, you’ll go blind,” said filmmaker Jacob Woodrow who paddled out under moon and floodlight to give us a taste of Balinese nightsurfing.

While there’s more to Bali than its nominal sickness, it turns out that most of the tour still succumb to the boisterous Bali Belly each time they visit.

“I’ve been to Indo 30 times…I’ve had Bali Belly 30 times” rang true for more than just Ace Buchan.

In addition, we sussed out the usual local economies, the distance between Keramas, Kuta and Uluwatu – Bali ain’t as small as you’d expect – and a snippet of who you should be betting on over the weekend.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Here’s Everything We’ve Learned About Hawaii’s Viral Jet Ski Saga

One question remains unanswered.


A Photo Sequence We Couldn’t Help But Share

Yes it's a step-off, and no we don't care.


Your Increasingly Popular Weekly Vlog Roundup

Click or Miss Vol.9


Inside the Roaring 2000s at Quiksilver, Part 2 of 3

Jamie Tierney shares the ups and downs of Dane's days at Quiksilver. "How does a…


How A Potentially Lethal Wetsuit Allergy Turned Into Overnight Art Success

“I figured that if the old guys pre-70's could be tough enough to surf through…


Gabe Morvil’s Portugese Smorgasbord

All the clips from a pre-covid trip with Metal Neck.


Hawaii Report: The Day The Eddie Didn’t Run

Oahu was massive today. Here are some photos to prove it.


Skegss Are Not A Surf Band

The remarkable musical ascension of three boys from unremarkable coastal towns.


Taj Burrow’s Stab in the Dark (Arts) Shaper Reveal

Plus, an official premiere date!


Influential Hawaiian Icon Ben Aipa Has Passed Away

Rest In Power


If you’re an A-list surfer, there’s a good chance you’ve invested in booze

From hard seltzer to hard kombucha to new beer brands and even non-alcoholic beverages, see…


John Florence’s Last Sessions of 2020

Come see the Hi-Pro Flo-Bros inside.


The Fwd: What’s The Most Questionable Surfboard Trend You’ve Followed?

Let's cringe together.


Rage Crew In Need of Jetski



Reef Heazlewood Wants To Teach You How To Do Airs

Go big and bend ze knees!


First & Last: How Many Boards Does Yago Dora Bring on a 7-Day Surf Trip?

The answer might surprise you.


Lessons Learned: Selema Masekela (Free)

On surfing, growing up, and difficult conversations. This voice of action sports shares his path…


Two Hyper-Critical Minds Discuss Their Favorite Surfers of 2020

Some of these names might surprise you.