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Chandra villas

Good morning!  Slept like a baby last night so woke up super rested today! Decided to skip the morning surf today to get some work done, but its not easy to choose excel sheets over surfing! haha

We are off to Ubud to hang with monkies today but before we leave I thought I would show you a few more pics of Chandra Villas where we have been staying for the past few days. I have stayed at a few incredible hotels over the years, but this place is something else with a private chef, pool, lounge area, 3 big bed rooms (with open air showers) and incredible staff located about 5mins by foot from the beach. I would have guessed that this place costs a fortune but the whole villa (sleeping 6) is almost the same as a really nice double room in central Stockholm, so if you have Bali plans, make sure to check this out, its worth every penny!  (as you can see on Bakke and Westers pics!) ;-)

/JON

Adventure day

I dont think I have ever been this active here on Bali as on this trip, but I do love it!  Started the day with the yoga session, a quick breakfast and then off to a surf session at Balangan until my arms were dead! Drove over to Uluwatu and hung around the caves for a while, thought about a second surf session but the tide was getting very low and my arms were dead so we just enjoyed a mellow afternoon! 

Right now we have 4 computers running but as soon as we are done with work, its Lost watching time and a mellow night in bed as we are all pretty beat from a long but amazing day!

/JON

Morning Yoga

I think its been about 10 years since I last had a yoga session, I remember that I really used to like it but for some reason I stopped. Today Chandra had a "in villa" session with Hiro so I decided to try it out again. The only thing I can say is that I can't think of a better way to start the day, sure I felt that I was sucking kind of hard on a lot of the stuff, but it was fantastic to open up the joints and get a good stretch just as I got out of bed. Think this is something that I am going to try to put in my schedule twice a week as it showed me a lot of weaknesses that I have in my body, something that I have to be better at taking care off now when I get older! I mean whats the point of lifting a heavy bar with weights on if you can barely hold your body weight up in some positions? 

Have run around the island all day but I will be back with more blogging in a while, first I have to get some food in my screaming belly!

/JON

Balangan

If I had to pick a favorite beach on Bali its Balangan! One of the few spots that are still fairly unexploited and has the charm of bamboo sheds on the beach! Went over there today just to check it out and jumped in the water for a bit and got a few fun rides, nothing huge but super fun waves as usual! 

Its pretty funny down here as Janni, Fabian and Bakke all have great cameras so when we get back to our place I have to collect memory cards from a bunch of different camera, but it sure is fun to blog when you get back with pics like this every day! Decided that I am going to increase the level on this blog over the next few months as I have become super addicted to taking pics and in order to get better I have to focus more and learn from these boys! 

Heading back to Balangan tomorrow and the Uluwatu in the afternoon, dont have to many days here so we have to make sure to see as much as possible in a few days! ;-)

/JON

Mornings

Finally a good nights sleep! Slept like a baby all night long so woke up super rested and reasy to surf! Walked down to the beach (5 mins from our place) and when we arrived it look pretty good, but once we got out it totally died down and I did not see a single person catch a decent wave in 45 minutes, and as usual the waves came back just as we decided to head back in for breakfast! haha

Feels a little strange to rent random boards every day, but as we are here as a group its kind of nice to not drag around a board all the time, and to be honest I am far from a killer surfer so I dont think its the board that will make me crush the waves! haha

Off to Bingin or Balangan right now to check that out, have not been in 7 years so will be fun to see how it has changed!

/JON

Team Tourist

I will admit that blogging on a location like this with the company of Bakke and Wester is a whole lot more fun than a grey day in a city with an Iphone! ;-)  

After our little surf session we went home to our villa and chilled by the pool for a few hours, but as I was in need of a pair of sun glasses and flip flops we went for a stroll on the streets of Seminyak, love walking around here checking out all the special shops they have here in Bali that offer things you will not find anywhere else!

Will post a bunch more pics of our place tomorrow as the photo boys have ran around with their cameras all night taking epic pics, but right now its dinner time and hopefully a long nights sleep after that!

/JON

Surf team!

Usually I am a master of jet lag and how to sleep on flights in order to get into the new time zone right away, but on this trip I have been sucking!  No sleep on the plane, woke up at 00.30 wide awake, so ran e mails for 3 hours and fell back asleep at 04.30, not ideal at all!  But once we got down to the beach and jumped in the water I forgot all about it!

Today we hired a surf coach the get Janni and the boys going while I was chief photographer on my board! Small and perfect for them to learn and great for me to slow start things with my knee! So happy to have such a talented girl, Janni really crushed it today with a 90% stand up rate on all the waves! ;-) Looks like the surf is picking up tomorrow so I might have to try my limits a bit more, but fantastic to start like this!

I can't say how much I love this place, I think that once I quit skiing I might have to call this home for a few months every year! Chilling at the pool for the rest of the day as the lack of sleep is starting to take its toll, but if we stay awake today we should be good to go tomorrow! 

/JON

Air to Water

And we are finally here! Landed in Denpasar at 14.30 where we got picked up by Chandra Villas pick up service (the most amazing place ever, more pics on that tomorrow) Got changed real quick and ran down to the beach and rented a couple of boards for a sun set session! Waves were far from epic but it was amazing to jump in the water for an hour. Janni had her first day on a board and got up on her feet after 10 mins, I am saying that its because I am a great coach, but she thought I sucked and just pushed her into waves without telling her war to do! haha Good thing she is a tough girl! ;-)

Dead right now so we are off to bed, so stoked to be back on this island again!

/JON

Bangkok

As we had a couple of hours here in Bangkok I figured that I would jump in and say hi here! Had quite a long 10.5 hour flight from Stockholm and for some reason I only managed to sleep for about 45 minutes. So I am guessing by the time we jump in the water this after noon I might be pretty tired! haha Have another 3.5 hour flight down to Denpasar so I will do my best to sleep some more on that flight, but my head is already surfing so I will see how much I will be able to sleep! ;-)

/JON

Off we go!

Usually travel means work, so heading to the airport with 3 friends with nothing but sun and surf on the schedule feels amazing! Its me Janni, Bakke and Fabian Wester who are about to board a plane to Bangkok here in about an hour, so since both Bakke and Fabian are great behind the camera we should have about a million pics from this trip! I will try to take it easy on the surf front to be smart on my knee so i will try to focus on my surf teaching skills to see who of the three that will get the furthest in their surf carrer in the next 10 days. I figured that if Janni can get a hang of it, we can head on surf trips together which has to be the ultimate vacation!

Was fun to pack up my new bags yesterday and look through all the new details. Its one thing to design new stuff in 3D but getting the real deal is a lot more fun! ;-) Have a few limited examples of this stuff for sale at Douchebags.com now in November before the main shipment comes in December. Hope you guys like it, I am happy that I am blessed to work with such a great team at DB, love taking ideas to reality!

/JON