A Java Escape

Rizal Tanjung's tour through his home away from home

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| posted on August 12, 2013
  • Shane Reijnst

    What is the name of the song?

  • Jake

    with these waves I would be a pro in a month

  • Echo

    Song name is Widen Your Eyelids by Wilderness Crew

  • Marlon

    Artist: Wilderness Crew
    Song: Widen Your Eyelids
    available on itunes

  • Rhys

    Finding an escape from the crowds by buying up land, building resorts, taking photogs and making videos. I don’t understand why he just can’t go and enjoy it without trying to sell it; he has bought so much land in this town with plans to make it into ‘the next Bali’. Ridiculous. Childs is just as bad – why the hell would you make an article about the relative peace and quiet of Java’s waves (not entirely true anyway)? Selling out the quiet corners of Indo to keep funding your own lifestyle is shameful. Why couldn’t you just lie and say it was in Bali?

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  • Morgz

    Rhys!! Indonesian Government is making a big push to transmigrate the tourism from Bali to other islands in Indonesia. People like Riz are agents for this. Its a good thing in my opinion. Decrease the crowds in Bali!! Some places must remain secrets and the longer we can keep them the better. But exposing surf locations is a necessesity!

    • Rhys

      Please explain how this is a good thing? This village did not need tourism. I’ve been going there for close to 11 years now and it is a wealthy village despite what it may look like to most westerners. People like Riz (who as an ‘agent’ for this will make a lot of money) are only in it for the money. You can see this from the way he has developed the land he has bought. Three other developers were there last time I was there, including a well known Bali surf camp which has plastered stickers all over the dusun. Surfers are already causing social issues and developers are telling locals that things like girls being topless on the beach is just something they have to put up with. There is such thing as a reasonable level of tourism , but this is Java… Not Bali.. And the developers are not respecting that fact at all… Surfers have fundamentally changed the social structure of many Indonesian villages and it would be a hard case to argue that it is for the better for the entire community,.

  • Its all about the money

    I really like Rhys comments. The correct answer to every question is money, money, money! I know the spot and the real locals. Have heard that greed has taken over the community since the pro hos and camera hos arrived. What happened there really changed how I view professional surfing. Very sad indeed.

  • Bali boy

    It is a beautiful part of java there and hopefully it doesn’t get ruined like Bali is. The local government there has had plans from a while ago to develop the area for tourism so lets just hope responsible surfers and people who care about the environment are the ones to get in there first. Truth is there are a lot of better waves in Indo and the tourism infrastructure in the area is minimal so I don’t think people will be flocking there any time soon.

  • Jorge

    Good comments everyone, honestly I think it’s good Indonesians learn how to extract value of their resources (and this one certainly is!) before another foreign individual or a corporation does…Whatever comes behind is for us all to take care of, and maybe having locals involved and watching out from the beginning will prevent the scavenging taking place nowadays elsewhere as much as in Bali

  • Johnson

    @Rhys, don’t ever forget all that Rizal has done for Indo surfing while the rest have played PluderDome over here.

  • Warwick Heny

    maybe Childs and Riz could care to comment on Rhys statment ? I would be keen to hear !

  • WILD

    wilderness crew – widen your eyelids

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  • Binu Octa

    i’ve been to this place, it’s called Watu Karung in Pacitan, East Java

    the place is not crowded, because it takes hours to go there from Jogjakarta or Malang, East Java. there’s a small surf camp owns by an Australian mate near there

    Anyway, Tanjung is not the only one who had a house here, and there’s nothing wrong to buy a land near a playground (you work hard to get it, hey?). Me & my brother got a little piece of island in Mentawai, so we can stay there and surf while we’re having a holiday, and i don’t think it’s a crime 🙂

    @Rhys: Chill down a bit, mate. In some point, i agree with you not to change this place like Bali. but in other hand, people right there also needs an income from the tourist. they can offer a place to stay or selling foods for the surfers/tourists. No worries about girls wearing bikinis, just like in Mentawai, they respect the locals by not wearing bikinis in villages near the beach 🙂

    • Lucas

      People said the same thing about Nias Binu… ‘just chill down a bit, it’s good for the local economy’. Go stay at Nias for six months and tell me that surfing is good for the community – child prostitution, drugs, violence (extreme acts of it), intensified corruption, jealousy among locals, intimidation, environmental degradation, disregard of cultural norms…

      It happens across most Indonesian surf towns. I should point out that I have been going there for years, and in the last two years I can’t count the number of times I have seen drunk guys and bikini girls wandering around the village. A few years ago a drunk bloke starting throwing bits of wood at the Mosque. Last some of the Bali boys brought their girlfriends who sunbaked topless on the beach. it’s all fun and games at first, but in ten years time the social problems caused by surfing will be immense. Best example; all the beach front land has been sold to developers, as well as much land on the hill.. Those who have sold have become rich, but now have no land for their growing families which means that the community will rupture.

      • Binu Octa

        Hey Lucas, good point mate! but i think there’s nothing we can do to “control” all the people “including tourists” but do remember this, government law actually protecting the norms as well the local law protecting cultural norms (eg: in Sipora island, Mentawai)

        Just like you, i’ve seen a lot of drunk tourists doing stupid things in here (Indonesia) and anywhere in the world. Yes, it affects the village life. In my point of view, this is the task of the law enforcer and us, as a responsible person. Maybe you’ve read about an Estonian couple who has been caught having sex in Balinese Temple in Gianyar District, they’ve claimed they don’t know the place it’s sacred, and they get away with this (note: they both not drunk at all). Just sharing a bit, i did once punched a douche bag tourist who pissed on a mosque wall, but after that i saved him from a bunch of a mad villagers, because first he’s drunk and the second he doesn’t have a clue it’s a community place, a place to pray. Until now we become a good friend 🙂

        As for Bali, to be honest i feel so pity. Much of the Balinese can’t afford to buy land there, because everyone “cooking” on land price. even in some area is way more expensive than Jakarta. That’s a price for Capitalism my friend, i hope it will not spread out to other beautiful islands in Indonesia 🙂

  • Tom

    I agree 100% with Rhys’s comments. The only (short-lived) development here has been the polishing of a few egos.