Dropping in, or stealing someone else’s wave, is among the worst breaches of surfing etiquette there is, and in the breaks off Medewi, Bali, it has become more common with the growth in foreign tourists surfing there. Here, a woman surfer drops in on another surfer riding a wave. Photo: Instagram/@onedayasurfer
Dropping in, or stealing someone else’s wave, is among the worst breaches of surfing etiquette there is, and in the breaks off Medewi, Bali, it has become more common with the growth in foreign tourists surfing there. Here, a woman surfer drops in on another surfer riding a wave. Photo: Instagram/@onedayasurfer
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Trouble in paradise: at Bali surf spot Medewi the good old days are gone, as tourists who ‘forget what surfing is all about’ crowd out locals

  • Medewi is a reminder of how Bali used to be – shacks on a black, volcanic beach backed by emerald-green rice fields. Its long waves make it a surfer’s paradise
  • The breaks used to be the preserve of locals mostly, but these days 100 surfers can be queuing to catch a wave – mostly tourists who ignore the sport’s rules

Dropping in, or stealing someone else’s wave, is among the worst breaches of surfing etiquette there is, and in the breaks off Medewi, Bali, it has become more common with the growth in foreign tourists surfing there. Here, a woman surfer drops in on another surfer riding a wave. Photo: Instagram/@onedayasurfer
Dropping in, or stealing someone else’s wave, is among the worst breaches of surfing etiquette there is, and in the breaks off Medewi, Bali, it has become more common with the growth in foreign tourists surfing there. Here, a woman surfer drops in on another surfer riding a wave. Photo: Instagram/@onedayasurfer
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