pioneers of surfing
- credited with first riding a surf break
Japanese surfers circa 1960. Photogragh provided by Tsugumitsu Saga
From Nula magazine, 1995 Number 1 page 66
Robert Koke (US)
visited Bali in the 1936 where he set up the Kuta Beach Hotel, with his
Having surfed in Hawaii, Koke recognised the value of Bali's surf and was probably Indonesia's first surfer, on a ''big Honolulu board"* - one of two Hawaiian redwoods imported in 1938. His enthusiasm for the sport encouraged others, including his wife, Balinese employees and hotel guests.
began exploring the island in the sixties, notably future Australian champion,
Russell Hughes, in 1967. Bali's surf was first shown on film in Bob Evans'
Family Free (?), 1971; but the full potential was dramatically
illustrated by footage of Rusty Miller and Steven Cooney at Uluwatu in
Alby Falzon's The Morning of the Earth, 1972.
Balinese surfers, Kuta Beach Bali , 1930's
Nigel Simmonds : Bali's First Surfers in Lueras' : Surfing Indonesia, pages 50 - 53
Lueras' : Surfing Indonesia, pages 37 -38 and 50 - 53
Thoms : Surfmovies, page 116.
*Also note.. Koke, Louise : Our Hotel in Bali, 19??