Photo: L to R Tipi Jabrik (CEO), Greg Howell, Tim Hain & Lorca Lueras
I have just returned from Bali in what was a relaxing and revitalising holiday. Earlier in the year I suffered an injury which I was told by doctors in Australia that it would eventually come good with appropriate exercise. The injury wasn’t improving hence my need for sunshine and a healthy lifestyle which for me is easier to obtain in Bali.
I arranged a traditional healer and during my treatment I noticed he was wearing the latest competition t-shirt from the Billabong Pro Junior 2011 and knowing he didn’t surf I enquired where he got it. There was then a conversation I was oblivious to partly because it was in Balinese and the other because my muscles were being rolled back into place. This discussion culminated in a friend being called who arrived shortly after and introducing himself as Ngurah from the Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour. We had a very interesting chat through broken English & translation and I gleaned that the ISC were involved in “sustainable event management or SEM’s” at their events and would I like to meet the crew.
Here I was in the suburbs of Ubud a few hours’ drive from any beach discussing SEM’s with an enthusiastic member of the ISC team.
Anything can happen in Bali.
I was looking forward to meeting the ISC team which happened a week later at their Kuta offices with the whole team discussing the next event. I was welcomed into the discussion by friendly faces around the table made up of several different nationalities.
Prior to our meeting I had done some research to see what the ISC were doing already in the area of SEM’s and I was very impressed. I conveyed to them the fact they already had in place wonderful initiatives in recycling, education and on ground logistics and congratulated them for these actions. The ISC has accomplished far more in this field than most other surfing nations. I was able to come up with a few suggestions they might like to try but mostly they had the job in hand. I offered Climate Wave Enterprises services and/or advice if the ISC ever need it and look forward to having some involvement with Tipi Jabrik (CEO), Lorca Lueras, Ngurah Yuda, Tim Hain and the team on future events.
So after that unexpected interlude I went back to my methodical treatment in the hands of Bali’s traditional healer feeling surprised and euphoric that I had met more like minded people and was on the road to recovery.
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