Tsunami

Indonesia has cancelled the tsunami warning 45 minutes after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Java Island. The country suspended the alert as there were no tidal waves detected by the seismologists.


The quake had its epicentre in the Indian Ocean, about 142 km south-west of Tasikmalaya district in West Java. An aftershock of 5.1 magnitude was felt in Tasikmalaya, 20 minutes after the earthquake.

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Glentana Bay 

A 25-year-old surfer has died after suffering a shark attack, in Glentana Bay, South Africa.

Gerhard van Zyl had his right lower leg bitten off and could not recover after a severe blood loss.

A friend pulled him out of the water and even tied a tourniquet in the leg.

Ambulance and paramedics came after and he was airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

Unfortunately, van Zyl could not recover and loss life soon after.

This is the first life lost in Glentana Bay, due to a shark attack.

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The Drifter 

Saturday August 22 during the jury of International Surf Film Festival Ombak Bali 2009 selected the new Taylor Steele film ‘the Drifter’ as best surf film 2009 out of the ten films which were in competition.

‘The Drifter’ tells the story of world-famous surfing icon Rob Machado travelling through Indonesia to escape the entanglements of his life at home. As he wanders further and further into the outskirts of the South East Asian surf paradise, he’s pursued by the fact that you can’t escape from yourself.

The jury consisting of profesional surf photographer Mick Curley, surf film maker Renny Bee Febriani and former Rip Curl marketing manager South East Asia Clemens Berger were unanimous in their decision.

Quote from the jury:

“It is a great portrayal and artistic way of showing Indonesia and all its subtleties which makes it so unique. It is also an inspirational film and which makes you want to throw out your phone and go travel and explore.”

‘The Drifter’ encapsulates the true essence of adventure and soul searching which is something every surfer can relate to and wants to find. People that don’t surf will also enjoy this film immensely as it showcases Indonesia, tells a serious story of Rob Machado’s life with a great mix of humor thrown in to make this film one not to be missed and a joy to watch.”

The only independent surf film festival in South East Asia, Ombak Bali is a platform where national and international surf filmmakers can expose their films to an interested public. Surf cinema has taken a leap over the last couple of years with surf filmmakers exploring the documentary world and film makers exploring the surf world.

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