Bali was once the playground of an intrepid few daring enough to chart new turquoise territory. Each surf was a true adventure, start to finish. Then legendary director Alby Falzon’s 1971 film Morning of the Earth put the island and Uluwatu on the map as a mecca for serious surfers seeking pristine barrels. Hawaiian pioneer Gerry Lopez came, and more followed, eager to ride the perfect barrels of Uluwatu. The legend grew.
Several decades later, a couple surfers who had made their own pilgrimages to Bali were inspired to create a physical space celebrating the contagious stoke of surfing and its singular culture with authenticity. In 2008, Drifter Surf was born as an independent retail store and cafe for surf and outdoor essentials plus a label of goods featuring original artwork by the likes of icons including Chris Del Moro and Andy Davis. The shop was filled with one of a kind surfboards from legendary explorers/shapers like Terry Fitzgerald, Gerry Lopez, Dick Brewer, and many others, making it feel almost like a museum of surf exploration history. A deep selection of handpicked books for travelers craving a break from their devices rounded out the offerings of the shop and established Drifter as the place to grab a coffee and talk story with fellow surfers.
Drifter’s consistent growth since reveals the deep passion felt by sea lovers across the globe for not only wave riding but all pursuits that happen in and around the ocean, such as spearfishing and sustainability. The family-run surf brand now has vibrant locations in Seminyak and Uluwatu and sells apparel far beyond the island, spreading ocean devotion above and below the surface.
From the spirit of travel and adventure to the freedom of free-diving and gliding across waves, Drifter is the physical embodiment of a life lived by the tides.
This is Drifter Surf - The Art of Surfing.