How do you feel about Canggu and the development of the spots here?
There are always plus and minus points when a place gets bigger. One good thing is for the locals, they get more opportunities to make more money from the tourism, but a sad thing is unfortunately, not everyone has a good attitude and could be happier in and out of the water.
I just hope that more people will be aware and respect all the culture here because from what I’ve seen, Canggu in the past three years has grown so fast. Hopefully all the tourists will think more, not be rude and respect everything this island has to offer.
It’s a very special place. What would you say for girls travelling here are your must-do things on the island?
First, try to surf of course! Get a surf lesson, get out there, and when you spot me come say hi! Second, get to know about the culture because it is so beautiful. The way people do their offerings no matter how crowded the beach is, they just do their thing. That’s what makes this island become really strong, full of energy.
What are your hopes and dreams for your surfing right now?
I hope that I can start my surf retreats soon. They would be a way to get girls together, for them to hang out with me and for me to talk to them. Just to help them to open their minds, see another perspective of life and get them to find what they really want to do in their life. And also to get to travel more with my surfing.
What else are you into aside from surfing?
My other passion is that I would love to be an environmentalist, because one of the biggest problems in Indonesia is the environment. To be surfing out there with lots of plastic in the water, it just breaks my heart. Hopefully one day I can get into that line too, through my surfing.
For girls who have never surfed before, it can be intimidating. What are your top tips to give it a go?
First, remember that it’s only water if you fall, it’s soft, it’s not concrete. Second of all, get a surf lesson, and third, watch lots of videos!
Then, just do it often. Surf with people you trust and surf with someone that you feel is better than you, so they can give you more tips. Just keep going really, it’s a matter of time and hours. Just like any other thing, it’s the practice.
Do you have any life mantras you dig?
For me, I always have this motto. When you’re happy, everything falls into place. You always need to put happiness over money, and be out there and spread your love.
You girls out there, you know what? Life is too short to let yourself stop doing what want because society forces you, because your family forces you, because your parents force you. Just think, is this the best way to live your life? Get out there. Because in the end of the day it’s you who lives your life, it’s not your parents. You’re the one who needs to find out what makes you happy and live your life to the fullest because you only live once, remember that.