Asher Pacey, winner of the first Good Vibrations Retro Classic. Photo: Hain
In a celebration of all things classic in surfing, the second annual Good Vibrations Retro Classic surf competition will take over Canggu Beach in Bali on Saturday, August 25 for a great day of surfing with old and new friends, music and entertainment, environmental awareness programs and beach cleanups, surfboard demo’s, and more.
Australia’s Asher Pacey was the winner of the inaugural Good Vibrations in 2010, and had this to say about his experience: “I enjoy this kind of event for a lot of reasons, mostly because it’s based around getting together with like-minded crew, slowing things down a bit, and just having fun at the beach. Plus it gives us a chance to truly appreciate where current surfing comes from, surfing on these older style boards that used to be the cutting edge, and seeing how we all go on them today. It’s all about the fun, and you sure don't want to miss out on that!”
A field of 48 surfers will be joining this 2nd annual event at arguably Bali’s most popular wave playground of Canggu Beach, their primary objective to impress the judging panel and the crown on the beach with their ability to master the single fin style surfboard. The surfers are only allowed to use either old classic boards or new versions of the old classics in the competition; the only stringent requirement is that the board must have no more than one fin.
The one-day competition organized and sponsored by Drifter Surf Shop, Mantra, and Insight Indonesia will culminate in a 6-man final, where each finalist will receive their own new single fin surfboard just for making it to the final. Up for grabs are two classic “Morning of the Earth” style boards, two pintail “Gerry Lopez” style boards, and two wingtip pintail boards. The overall winner gets his or her name on the perpetual Good Vibrations trophy that will be housed alternately in The Drifter Surf, Mantra, and at Insight. There will also be awards for the biggest drop, deepest barrel, most stylish turn, biggest wipeout, and any other crazy maneuvers that may manifest themselves during this day of retro expression.
According to Drifter Surf Shop’s Jake Mackenzie, “This event was originally meant to be an expression session of sorts, but then it seemed to evolve the more we talked about it and ended up being a contest. But the real emphasis is on seeing the traditional style of surfing from the late 60’s and early 70’s on display, something cool and interesting for both new and old surfers and surf enthusiasts. This classic style is truly timeless, and is a beautiful way to represent the sport of surfing.”
“It all came about when Tipi (Jabrik) and I had a conversation about single fin boards couple of years ago, as he was looking for a few classics to display in his shop,” he added. “Tipi told me about his idea of having a fun single fin event in Legian someday, and so we just took it from there. I’m really looking forward to seeing these all the guys out there, getting barreled, doing big carving heavy-on-the-rail re entries…today’s level of surfing ability paired with yesterday’s board shapes and style.”
And with legends like Terry Fitzgerald, Mitchell Rae, and the “Drifter” himself Rob Machado coming, it promises to be one heckuva highlight in Bali’s 2012 surf season.
The fun filled and action packed day at the beach will also include music and entertainment, as well a positive environmental message in the form of a beach cleanup and the placement of new rubbish bins courtesy of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia. The eco-goal of the event is to leave Canggu Beach looking pristine, with a few footprints in the sand and new rubbish bins the only evidence that the surfers and the audience were ever there.
After the finals the crowd will depart the beach and move down to Mantra on Jalan Petitengit in Seminyak for the awards presentation and after party presented by Ketel One vodka and San Miguel beer, where Switchfoot from California will be headlining bringing their platinum album selling brand of rock music to Bali. There will also be a small Indonesian surf history exhibition on display, showcasing early Bali surfing legends and more.
The beer and vodka will flow, and tales will be told by those both young and old, so be sure you’re there to share in all the ‘good, good, good, Good Vibrations’!
Attached photos from 2010 Good Vibrations event (credit: Tim Hain - CC-ISC)
The Good Vibrations Retro Classic is sponsored and supported by Drifter Surf Shop, Mantra, Insight, Ketel One, San Miguel, Electric Visuals, Canggu Surf Community, Green Rock, MacBeth Footwear, Patagonia, Dakine, Creatures of Leisure, Surfyogis, Vestal, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and the Coca-Cola Indonesia Surfing Championships, with media partners Bali Alternative Media, Lines Magazine, SurfTime Magazine, Magic Wave, Surfersvillage.com, Balibelly.tv, Baliwaves.com, RVM, Alam TV Bali, the Outdoor Channel and MyLifeOnBoard
For more information please contact:
Jake Mackenzie / Drifter Surf Shop