New Zealand Surfing - - FIRSTS - ALEX DIVE

My first over­seas surf trip was to Bali back in 2006. I trav­elled with my fam­ily, my mate Trav and his fam­ily also. The trip was amaz­ing. We were able to stay in th­ese epic pri­vate vil­las in Le­gian and scored some per­fect waves. I re­mem­ber go­ing out to Kuta reef for the first time and think­ing it was the best waves I had ever seen in my life. I was absolutely froth­ing. One thing I also re­mem­ber was how dif­fer­ent it was to surf over coral reef. Even though we weren’t surf­ing heavy waves, it was def­i­nitely pretty daunt­ing. This ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing my con­fi­dence over reef breaks later proved to be vi­tal for over­seas trips, surf comps and also photo shoots. Be­ing ex­posed to such a unique cul­ture was a real eye opener for me also. The Ba­li­nese peo­ple are very re­li­gious and have a lot of tra­di­tions and rit­u­als far dif­fer­ent to that of NZ. Along­side ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pump­ing surf, I was also able to ex­pe­ri­ence Bali’s night life. Trav and I had heard about how amaz­ing the clubs were and be­ing young teenagers we wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence it first-hand. Af­ter run­ning the prospect of go­ing out by our par­ents, we ba­si­cally got told there was no way it was go­ing to hap­pen. We def­i­nitely weren’t go­ing to let that stop us, so one night near the end of the trip we ar­ranged a plan to sneak out of the vil­las and go out to the clubs. I re­mem­ber go­ing to sleep at around 9PM, af­ter a mas­sive day of surf­ing and ly­ing awake for three hours un­til midnight and then sneak­ing out the win­dow. Trav was stay­ing in a sep­a­rate villa and I met him in the court­yard and from there we went to town to dom­i­nate the d-floor. What an ex­pe­ri­ence it was for us, hav­ing only been out a cou­ple of nights at small NZ house par­ties and go­ing to a fully-fledged dance party. Af­ter four hours of par­ty­ing, drugs, sex and booze (just kid­ding mum), we came in at about three in the morn­ing and went back to sleep. Our un­sus­pect­ing par­ents still hav­ing no idea, even till this day. I might add the next two nights were pretty fun also….

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