Rizal Tanjung

Bali, 2006

I just wanted to travel the world; I wanted to see everything.

“The SURFER Interview with Rizal Tanjung,” by Alex Wilson, ran in the March 2007 issue. Tanjung was 31.

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Tell me about your early life in Bali.

I wasn’t born in Bali. I was born in Sulawesi, in Indonesia, and we moved to Bali when I was 1. Our family has always been in the restaurant business, and my parents wanted to move to Bali to start a new life, build a restaurant, and raise their kids. I’m one of seven brothers—I’m number five. I have a lot of older brothers; we did a lot of ...