Project Clean Uluwatu Fundraiser

Presented by Uluwatu Surf Villas & Rip Curl 13 July 2013

Story by:  hooter.c@

Record bidding war at surf memorabilia auction,  donation goal obliterated , Matt George goes under for the cause, BBQ dinner devoured, Gerlach defeats Slater, Six strings bent, music moved, spirits danced,

and

no nudity (at least that I saw).

Stoked!  I am excited to go to this year’s function as I remember how fun last year was.  I think because this is not just another bukit-surf-drunkfest-uber-party, but a benefit to an organization and place and people who work, live and enjoy Uluwatus’ waves and surrounds – Also it is an excuse to ride my motorbike along Jl. Goa Gong and other back of the way roads to Uluwatu and the Project Clean Uluwatu Fundraiser; and I will use any reason to go for a ride.  Riding motorcycles in Bali is really enjoyable and even more so when you have a good reason (see: excuse).

project clean uluwatu poster final July 2013

Surf parties are fun and easy to get ready for:  tee-shirt, shorts or trunks, flip-flop sandals. Done.  Really ladies, I love seeing you all dolled-up but fer cheese sakes it’s a surf function….

Vanda, my girlfriend, is a good sport and lovely companion and willingly(!) rides with me on the winding semi- busy bukit roads to the party.  The back of a surf-scrambler modified motorcycle is no easy place for an evening gown… Bali-style formal includes shorts, in case you have not been here before or not wandered out of Seminyak yet..  

As we pass through the entry I notice there are some people of note from the world of surfing here, legends and underground dudes and pros and such.  I am content to be not-famous, seeing a few folks I know from the water or around town- this anonymity allows me to slip amongst the crowed unnoticed and, to my advantage, I can experience this function as a pedestrian guy off the street and experience the event as a mortal.  No matter because from the security parking attendants through the ticket sales and reception we were treated with courtesy and friendliness  I like that, actually prefer it because aren’t we all, underneath the logo’s tee-shirts and tattoos and skin colors and areas of origin just folks who are enjoying a beautiful evening out celebrating a cause we like and who love to surf?

Silent auction items

Silent auction items

Auction Enthusiasm

Auction Enthusiasm

The auction was kicking off when we arrived and The private bidders were competitive and generous – this was really fun to watch (not having the means to compete in the bidding), I relaxed and enjoyed watching Matt George, possibly in his best-to-date form as an emcee, absolutely own the crowd and motivate bidders into nebulous (in my wallets’ terms) offers, up to the point where in a fit of ultimate commitment he launched himself into the pool -fully clothed- in order to up the bid amount.  It worked.

MCMG

MCMG

All in

All in

I am stoked to hear Curtis Lowe and Matt George talking about the auction profits exceed their expectations  There were some really cool boards, one private surf sessions with friends only at Ulluwatu and one private (with 4 of your mates) surf sesh at Padang Padang … during the break between the semis and the final… accompanied by Mark Occhilupo and Tom Curren…  A generous donation from the Uluwatu Balawista (lifeguards) and Rip Curl.

The location, Uluwatu Surf Villas is a stunning, amazing, cliff top view directly over the temples peak and the buildings border on luxurious really- and an open grassy knoll that accommodates a lot of folks.  It was a beautiful night, with a sickle moon casting a lighted path across the sea from Java and a brilliant and rare clear view of our milky way stars swathed directly overhead beautiful, romantic.   and that was a surprise bonus considering the almost constant rain we have had here for a month. Standing near the cliff edge away from the auction and crowd we enjoyed some quiet moments and soaked it all in.

We missed the BBQ and the film showing because, well,  I arrived when I felt like arriving and heck this is Bali…  I can say that the food, whatever it was absolutely demolished by the time we arrived, and even the lovely greeting staff, in true Balinese graciousness apologized for the food being finished already… Post event warung makan bunkos, no worries!

Andrew Elliot bending strings and ricking spirits

Andrew Elliot bending strings and ricking spirits

Spirit Dance

Spirit Dance

We did get to see a set from Andy Six Strings Band and they are good- I have seen Andy play for near three years now and honestly he get better every damn time I see him play.  Particularly one song, I don’t know the title, he nails a funk riff while the bassist takes lead vocal duty and then blisters a lead- sick!  I like music and I will have a dance when good music is playing (to the amusement of my girlfriend, like in the Nirmala Ungasan) and I am picky about music- these guys rock.

Mingling and chatting with any or all was easy and unpretentious and really enjoyable, it made for a great other than normal weekend night out.  Well done by all!

A (ridiculously) big wave gun shaped by Allen Byrne- one of the surfboards in the open auction.

A (ridiculously) big wave gun shaped by Allen Byrne- one of the surfboards in the open auction.

  Above:  When I think of the size of the waves that this board is meant for, I see myself NOT in the lineup but rather watching from the railing at Uluwatu.  I am not scared of drowning in huge surf.  I am scared of the heart attack I will have when a gi-normous set wave heads right at me.  I would never make it to drowning.

Other boards I saw included in the auction: Channel Islands Kelly Slater Model,  a Christian Fletcher model by shaper Timmy Patterson, …Lost quad rounded nose short board, a super pin-tail-groovy-paisley-art shape by Luke Studer, and a personal board from Brad Gerlach’s quiver that took the highest bid at $2,000 USD or something – beating the bid for Slater’s board… Demographics? Or was it Brad’s cathartic intro…

Fletcher's TP bigger wave quad

Fletcher’s TP bigger wave quad

Genesha Mayhem shape by ...Lost

Genesha Mayhem shape by …Lost

Luke StuderPaisley Pintail

Luke StuderPaisley Pintail

Brad Gerlach believes-and donates his high bid-winning surfbaord

Brad Gerlach believes-and donates his high bid-winning surfbaord

Visions: Smirnoff skews and Bintang blurrs

Visions: Smirnoff skews and Bintang blurrs

Ex-Pat surfer John McGuirl and friend

Ex-Pat surfer John McGuirl and friend

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Curtis Lowe and friends enjoying the glow of a successful event.  and beer.

Curtis Lowe and friends enjoying the glow of a successful event. and beer.

By the way, these-

http://uluwatusurfvillas.com/

http://www.asia.ripcurl.com/?home

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Single-Fin-Bali/140336452699195

http://balialternativemedia.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ombak-Bali/134559523290082

http://www.hattenwines.com/

Smirnoff Ice

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bintang-Beer/30939926386

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2 thoughts on “Project Clean Uluwatu Fundraiser

  1. Sounds like a great night, fund raisers often are in Bali. The funny thing is I never see any of the people at these things the next day or ever with a bag in the hand at Uluwatu picking up rubbish themselves. The most basic clean up act is never performed by the most noble of ex pats. But the parties are great.

  2. @ lyttlestreet

    Thanks for commenting, and for your mutual concern for our environment!

    You do have a 95% valid point regarding “us” (I was at the fundraiser) not being seen with bag in the hand picking up trash at Uluwatu. For that matter, I rarely see folks do that at many beaches I surf here- and we need to be better than that, I agree. I do allow a 5% margin of error in case we may have missed these folks doing that.

    You have a 100% valid point about the parties being great, especially this one.

    Here’s where you missed a well-rounded observation- the monies raised at this and other events has successfully implimented a trash collection/separation/recycling program at Uluwatu that includes the participation and financial return for Local families, and an almost completed sewage collection/treatment system that serves ALL THE WARUNGS on the cliffside- an unprecedented project in Bali initiated by surfers who live nearby or simply love the wave.

    So, in that sense every one of the people there, and those who buy a raffle ticket at the movie night, or buy a t-shirt or hat or simply donate at any of the warung donation buckets, have participated, indirectly, in picking up trash off the beach and the other successful efforts of Project Clean Uluwatu.

    Also, for the foot and surf and other traffic that moves through the parking area to the waves almost daily the place is amazingly clean- especially compared to nearby surfs pots with much less crowds. I see this every time I go there.

    Again, I thank you for reading and commenting, and agree with you about our taking that simplest of solutions in our own hands, picking up after ourselves and others leaving any place we go better than we found it. I do and will support the kind of efforts like Project Clean Uluwatu, because they are doing something about pollution, and in this case doing it well.

    Happy Surfing!

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