Friday, September 5, 2008

BALI has returned to its barrelling best

"Right now it's booming," Hutchinson said.

"It's running on par to (levels) before the first bombings (2002).

"It was slow for a couple of years after the bombings, but over the last two or three years it's grown by about 30 per cent each year."

Hutchinson said STC booked Indonesian holidays for about 2000 surfers in the past year. About 50 per cent of clients stay in Bali.

Most of the remainder boarded charter boats to explore the popular Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra, or travelled to Bali's eastern neighbouring islands.

This year marked a couple of milestones for Indonesian surfing. Foremost was Bali hosting its first World Championship Tour contest, the Rip Curl Pro Search, at the premier reef breaks Padang Padang and Uluwatu.

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