Heritage is an interesting thing when it comes to surfing. It's always important to remember where we have come from because it helps us shape where we're about to go – even if the destination isn't quite set in stone yet.
Such is the inspiration for Quik's fresh Generations line of boardshorts, paying homeage to what's come before worn by those in the now. Because heritage is important. But so too are strike missions to wherever -- all you know is that you need to go. Decisions built on whim and fancy as much as they are made on perfect numbers rolling in, a legacy of making the call and executing – sometimes it pays off, sometimes there's a whole raft of blocks in the way. But that's ok, because none of this is meant to be scripted.
Exactly like this recent team Quik trip to, well... anywhere. The aim? Uncrowded waves, pumping surf and a cast of the world's best riders. The destination ended up being Indo, because, of course it did. Bali is made for boardshorts, afterall. Their report? Here:
We weren’t supposed to go to Bali.
We had other plans. Plans that involved another island, somewhere else in Indonesia, where we could escape the crowds and surf some new waves. Then everything changed and it was all a shark’s fault.
After the Margaret River CT comp was called off due to a surplus of shark attacks and sightings in the region, the WSL made the call to finish off the remainder of the event at Uluwatu in Bali — right in the middle of our window to go to the other island.
Damn, alright then. Bali it is.
A lot has changed in Bali since 1974, when Gerry Lopez first slid into a few waves in the evil waters of Ulus. And the evolution is ongoing — you can still feel the pulse of change in every new surf camp, new restaurant, new shop, new anything, new everything that seems to be sprouting up all over the island.
To be honest, the place is madness.
But to be even more honest, the place is still magic.
Swell is endless. The waves are ridiculous. The nightlife even more so. It’s got everything you could ask for on a surf trip and quite frankly, there is no better place for boardshorts.
Like Bali, boardshorts have changed a lot in the last few decades. Every brand seems to be trotting out new tech and new designs every season, each claiming to be a game-changer or the best yet. That’s cool and all. But at the end of the day, boardshorts only need to do two things: feel good and allow you to express yourself.
Because no matter how much things change, there is still nothing that compares to the simple feeling of riding a wave in boardshorts. Just ask Kanoa Igarashi, Mikey Wright, Zeke Lau, Jesse Mendes or Connor O’Leary.
Some things change. Some things don’t. But none of that matters when you put everything else aside and enjoy the now.
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