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Shipwrecks was first made internationally famous in the 1982 surf film Band On the Run starring Rabbit Bartholomew. ALL PHOTOS: SURFING LENS

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Stricken barge recreates “Shipwrecks” break on Nusa Lembongan

25 September 21

From Magic Seaweed: In what can only be called a repeat performance, yet another maritime disaster has befallen Bali’s sister island of Nusa Lembongan. But it’s not all bad news. It seems a massive industrial barge carrying supplies to build the new tourist harbour parted from its tug in big surf and washed aground on the island’s notorious northwest reef.

An infamous corner of the barrier reef off the island known for the daunting sneaker sets that march in unexpectedly out of the Bandung Strait. One of the deepest and most challenging crossings in the world. Astonishingly, this barge has settled in the exact same location as another giant cargo ship that previously ran aground here in the late 60’s. The ship that gave the famous surf break its namesake. Shipwrecks. 

Or Shippies if you’re Australian. 

Not that it’s currently too bad a disaster for the local surfers, who are enjoying the wedge that bounces off the barge in the exact same manner as it did through the ‘70s and ‘80s before the original ship was devoured by the sea.

“It’s like our own wave pool right now,” says Nusa Lembongan Boardriders club competition director Komo Wilson: “Us young guys have only heard from the old guys what the wave was like when the first ship ran up on the reef. And we were always envious because the wave was supposedly so much better. But now we believe them, because even the old guys are saying the wedge is back!”

Although first surfed by Bob Brown in 1974 and featured in a few Aussie magazines, Shipwrecks was first made internationally famous in the 1982 surf film Band On the Run starring Rabbit Bartholomew. Watching Rabbit thread his way through idyllic tube after tube on a groovy little island far removed from the crowds of Bali created not only a new fantasy destination, but also inspired surfers worldwide to explore Indonesia’s 17,500 other islands for their own slice of paradise. And we all know what has become of that.

When asked about the environmental impact of this recent Maritime incident Komo replied: “Well, the barge isn’t carrying a bunch of fuel and oil,” he says: “Thank the Gods for that. And everyone, even us surfers, are pitching in to get the thing back out to sea. And also you can see that the barge is resting in the same groove that was made by the first ship that ran aground."




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