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Bali Surfers Gather to Remember

More than 150 Surfers Gather at Jimbaran Beach to Remember and Reject a Night of Evil.

(10/10/2005) One week to the day after suicide bombers descended on two Jimbaran seafood restaurants, more than 150 surfers gathered on Bali's Jimbaran beach on Saturday, October 8, 2005, to commemorate and reflect on recent events.

Indonesian surfers, together with wave enthusiasts from New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Japan climbed aboard their surfboards to form a giant circle of remembrance, to pray and toss flowers into the Indian ocean.

Quoted in the Jakarta Post, local surf clothing entrepreneur Paul Hudson who helped organize the event, explained, "in the surfing culture, when there's a loss of life we have a gathering like this to pay respect to the dead and pray that the ocean we live by will take care of us."

He later added: "We are gathered here where two explosions took place and this is to demonstrate that life goes on in Bali. We will bounce back as we did three years ago."