Ad DrV Billboard
ADVERTISEMENT

Uluwatu the Setting for a Violent, Bag Snatch

Blood spilt on sacred ground

Mainstream media is reporting that an Australian woman came close to death after she was stabbed multiple times with a machete, in a bag-snatching incident at Uluwatu.

According to reports on the Nine news website, the woman was standing near her motorbike in an Uluwatu carpark at about 7:30 in the evening on November 21, when she was intentionally parked in by Arjuna Wiranta, a farmer from West Nusa Tenggara (a group of islands to the east of Bali). In the struggle which allegedly ensued, she was stabbed multiple times, suffering deep wounds to her hands, shoulders, and arms.  

The woman, who elected to remain anonymous, was released from the hospital several days after the incident. Meanwhile, authorities captured the assailant on a different island and paraded him before the media today.

According to reports, he told police he needed the money to pay for a hospital bill associated with the birth of his child.    

Since it was first stumbled across in the early 1970s by Tracks co-founder, Albe Falzon, alongside Steve Cooney and Rusty Miller, Ulus has been a hallowed territory for surfers. For centuries it has also been the site of an important Hindu temple.   

The hypnotic Uluwatu lines were a feature of Falzon’s celebrated film, ‘Morning of The Earth’, which was released in 1972, and surfers have been under the wave’s spell ever since.

The stabbing incident casts a dark shadow over Uluwatu and while it’s most likely an isolated incident it points to the fact that tensions between travellers and comparatively poor Indonesian citizens (many of whom travel to Bali from other islands) still bubble below the surface in Bali.

 

 

 

Ad Instinct Sidebar
Dr V Powered By Nature

SUBSCRIBE TO TRACKS

A bi-monthly eclectic tome of tangible
surfing goodness that celebrates all
things surfing, delivered to your door!

SUBSCRIBE TO TRACKS

A bi-monthly eclectic tome of tangible surfing goodness that celebrates all things surfing, delivered to your door!

LATEST

Sharky waters, pumping waves and no one to paddle out with

Something a little different from the standard French beachie.

PREMIUM FEATURES

Artist: Phil Meatchem Title: Simpler Times, North Coast, NSW

Summoning the energy for one more session

A Deep Dive Into the Photo Archive of Peter ‘joli’ Wilson, Aka the Memory Millionaire.

Surfer by Day, Dj by Night; the Sunshine Coast Born Shredder Known as Shimmy Disco Has Vowed to Make Her Comeback to the Wsl Challenger Series Tour in September. And It’s Music to Our Ears.

TRACKS PREMIUM

Get full access to every feature from our print issues, read classic Tracks issues from the 70s, 80s and 90’s, watch all of our classic films & more …

TRACKS PREMIUM

Get full access to every feature from our print issues, read classic Tracks issues from the 70s, 80s and 90’s, watch all of our classic films & more …

CLASSIC ISSUES

PREMIUM FILM

Ad DrV Billboard
Rip Curl Mirage

PRINT STORE

Unmistakable and iconic, the Tracks covers from the 70s & 80s are now ready for your walls.

Tracks