Surf Music in Paradise will feature Jimmy Barnes at Kandooma this September

Kandooma Right in all its glory. – Photo Holmes.
Kandooma Right in all its glory. – Photo Holmes.


The Perfect Wave, the #1 surf travel website in the world, will take surf and music enthusiasts on a specially curated Surf Music in Paradise tour in the Maldives from September 2-9, 2017, with Jimmy Barnes.

TPW’s Ben Horvath caught up with Jimmy just before Christmas to discuss exactly who Jimmy will be playing with and what songs Jimmy may play.



Surf Music in Paradise fuses a love of the ocean, and music, in one unique offering.
Days will be spent surfing some of the world’s best breaks in the Maldives, and as the sun sets Australian music legend Jimmy Barnes will perform live and beachside with the crashing waves as percussion.
The intimate gigs ensure that The Perfect Wave guests enjoy direct interaction with the performers, and a front row experience.
Jimmy and his family band will perform, three intimate and exclusive gigs as part of the Surf Music in Paradise series, escaping Australia’s late winter/early spring chills for the tropical warmth of the Maldives in September.


The unique performances will be held at the picturesque Kandooma Resort in the Maldives, catering for a capped maximum of 150 guests.
Surf Kandooma Right and nearby breaks by day, and then kick back at the sunset shows, combining your love of surfing, music and chilling in the tropics.
Numbers for all The Perfect Wave Surf Music In Paradise gigs are capped to ensure they are intimate and a real value for money, once in a lifetime experience.Guests will be able to meet and greet Jimmy briefly to receive an autographed biography of Jimmy’s book “Working Class Boy” and a professional photographic memento with Jimmy at a rostered time post gig.
The Perfect Wave Surf Music In Paradise concept kicked off in 2014 with the very first exclusive surf music shows featuring Californian surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter.


Donavon at the first Surf Music In Paradise gig in 2014. – Photo Saltmotion.
Donavon at the first Surf Music In Paradise gig in 2014. – Photo Saltmotion.


The 80 stoked fans who attended said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In 2015 iconic underground Australian musician Tex Perkins (front man for seminal supergroups The Beasts Of Bourbon, The Cruel Sea, Tex, Don and Charlie, The Dark Horses and many more) plus guitarist Murray Patterson performed 4 amazing shows leaving guests mesmerized, whilst last year Pete Murray surfed and won the crowd over in an outstanding week of waves and music.


Tex Perkins and Murray Patterson SMIP Kandooma in 2015. – Photo
Tex Perkins and Murray Patterson SMIP Kandooma in 2015. – Photo


Kandooma Resort in The Maldives is an incredible venue.

I can’t think of anywhere better to escape the winter cold.

If you surf, you can surf the beautiful right hander straight out the front, or take a dhonni to 6 other nearby breaks. If you are all surfed out, or don’t surf at all, there is plenty more to see and do. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, practice some yoga with our qualified teachers, eat world class food while hanging out at one of the many slick poolside bars.

To enquire/book the Jimmy Barnes Surf Music In Paradise trip, click here



Pete Murray literally playing on the beach at Kandooma in 2016. – Photo
Pete Murray literally playing on the beach at Kandooma in 2016. – Photo
Ben and Jimmy at Jimmy’s home studio. – Photo Potts.
Ben and Jimmy at Jimmy’s home studio. – Photo Potts.
TPW’s BH hands Jimmy his favourite Chisel set list. – Photo Potts.
TPW’s BH hands Jimmy his favourite Chisel set list. – Photo Potts.


The Perfect Wave Support the SurfAid Cup

The Perfect Wave team. Bruno, Ben, Lachy, Ben, Charlie and Chris.

Manly Beach, September 23, 2016.
All Photos by Matt Dunbar.

Fifteen company surfing teams, including our very own The Perfect Wave team turned up at Queenscliff Beach at the northern end of Manly last Friday September 23, 2016.

Between all fifteen teams, over $120,000 was raised for humanitarian organization SurfAid. The Perfect Wave were proud contributors of over $5k.

The competitors enjoyed a fun sized south swell for the sixth annual SurfAid Cup. Highly surfable 2-3 foot lefts and rights, side/offshore SSW winds and sunshine were on the menu.

Asquire Boardriders edged out the team from Citi Frothers in an extremely tight final. The team from Blackrock were awarded the fundraising trophy. Charlie Lanchester, Jason Collins, Nick Corkill and Ryan Crewe-Brown from Blackrock raised over $27,800.

They were followed in second place by Westpac, and Perpetual closely in third.

All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child health programs in remote areas of Indonesia including the Mentawai and Nias islands west of Sumatra and Sumbawa and Sumba in Eastern Indonesia. Places where hardly anyone but surfers go.

SurfAid founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins said, “The funds raised on Friday will provide clean water, access to basic health care and improved nutrition to some of the world’s most vulnerable people that live near iconic surf destinations. Days like Friday show that surfers can make a real difference and give back to the places they love.”

Occy, Caroline and Doctor Dave Jenkins from SurfAid.

The competitive surfing involved a five-man tag team format. All of the teams picked a pro surfer or legend to join their fundraising team. This year’s line-up of talent included former World Champion Mark Occhilupo, Felicity Palmteer, Matt Bemrose, Paige Houden, Toby Martin, Nick Butler and Richie Lovett.

Occy blasting on his backhand.

Very impressive surfing in the final by Nick James (Citi Frothers), Austin Ware and Christof Rosenberg (Asquire Boardriders) ensured they kept pace with “Occy” (Westpac.)

Occy on his way to an 8 in his heat for Westpac.

In the end, it came down to the final wave with the team from Asquire Boardriders emerging victorious. Citi Frothers were second followed by CoastalWatch/Surfing World in third and Westpac in fourth.

The Coastalwatch team.

Newcomers to the SurfAid Cup, the Asquire Boardriders team members were Brent Backhouse, Marcos Rosenberg, Christof Rosenberg and Darcy Crumps. They selected former WQS surfer and pro surf coach, Austin Ware, as their fifth team member.

Supporting sponsors for the SurfAid Cup in Manly included Billabong, CoastalWatch, Surfing World, 4 Pines Brewery, Bacardi, the Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club, and Havaiianas.

Bainy and his boys.

SurfAid Cup Manly Placings:

1. Asquire Boardriders (55.87)

2. Citi Frothers (55.13)

3. CoastalWatch/Surfing World (47.63)

4. Westpac (38.93)

5. Salesforce

6. Surfing Lawyers

7. Perpetual

8. The Perfect Wave

9. The Paddlers

10. Allan Hall

11. BlackRock

12. ToyBell

13. Team Bell Potter

14. BWM Dentsu

15. OFX


SurfAid Cup Pro Roster

Jarrad Howse

Samson Coulter

Rob Bain

Jackson Carey

Paige Houden

Jesse Adam

Toby Martin

Beau Mitchell

Richie Lovett

Matt Bemrose

Mark “Occy” Occhilupo

Felicity Palmateer

Nick Butler

Ben Penny

Blake Levett

Austin Ware

Shane Dorian: Sultans is the best old boy wave in the world

Former touring pro and arguably the world’s best big wave charger Shane Dorian said,  “Sultans is the best old boy wave in the world.”

Shane, along with Taj, Jamie O, Travis Logie and Bethany Hamilton have been shredding all week at the Four Seasons Maldives Champions Trophy in near perfect 3-4ft Sultans.

This final clip features the ex pro’s surfing on thrusters.

After a couple of days of singles and twins, everyone was pretty excited to be on conventional equipment.

Bethany caught the first wave of the day, blasting a bunch of incredible backhand blasts scoring a high eight.

That set the tone for some of the most inspiring high performance surfing one could see anywhere.

The thruster final came down to Taj and Shane and then the pair had to back up for the overall event final straight after.

Taj won.

Enjoy the clip and picture yourself shredding Sultans.

Ah stuff picturing it.

Book a trip with The Perfect Wave and really see what you can do.

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Watch Taj Burrow, Shane Dorian, Machado, Jamie O and other pros Ripping At Sultans

Every year some of the world’s best former touring pros gather in the Maldives for The Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Champions Trophy.

This year Taj Burrow, Shane Dorian, Rob Machado, Jamie O and Bethany Hamilton are among the invitees.

It is a super cool event whereby surfers compete on single fins, twinnies and thrusters in the beautiful, sometimes hollow walls at Sultans.

Competition in the single fin event got underway yesterday in pumping 3 to 4 foot clean right-handers at Sultans.

Burrow, who had never ridden a single fin before yesterday’s comp, won in stylish fashion.

Burrow came up against former Pipe Master Rob Machado in the final.

Taj came out on top.

Burrow said. “That was just so much fun, the waves are sick and my board felt really good. It’s a bit bigger than what I’m used to but you could really push it through turns. I’m just having such a sick time here on Kuda Huraa we’re all being so spoiled.”



The 2016 RipCurl Cup in Bali, Padang Padang – summary and highlights

Legends Irons, Wardo, Curren Rizal and Mega at Hidden Valley in 2015

All photos and video content courtesy of the Rip Curl Cup.

The Perfect Wave’s key property on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali, S Resorts Hidden Valley  is rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to be.

In just over three weeks time S Resorts Hidden Valley is hosting “Surf Music In Paradise” featuring legendary Australian musicians Tex Perkins and Phil Jamieson.

Last month, S Resorts Hidden Valley was once again super proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2016 Rip Curl Padang Padang Cup.

S Resorts Hidden Valley hosted a bunch of surfers including legends like Dave Wassel and CJ Hobgood amongst others.

Last year Bruce, Tom Curren, Wardo, Rizal etc were among our guests.

This year’s RipCurl Cup was again held in perfect 6ft Padang Padang pipes.

Mega Semadhi was the lone local Indonesian surfer to reach the Final, and rather fittingly it was Mega who claimed his 2nd victory.

For me his epic quote, “From my point of view, there is no local.” summed up the vibe of the event. Mega said after his win: “We are all locals of this universe and today we are all locals at Padang Padang.”

In the end, Mega was hoisted to victory in front of a cheering crowd, followed by Hobgood in second place, Ho in third and Marzo in fourth.

Bruce Irons’ perfect 10 in his round 2 heat was one of the event highlights for sure, but Mega,  CJ and Mason also scored some epic drainers throughout.

1st – Mega Semadhi IDN

2nd – Damien Hobgood USA

3rd – Mason Ho HAW

4th – Clay Marzo USA

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