One of the ogoh-ogoh statues paraded around Sanur during the Nyepi Eve procession.
Seeing this brought to mind the original original Bali booty, which was the Chinese made Swallow brand bathroom rubber sandal, kind of like you see modeled here as the surfboard. They were cheap enough to discard if you had to. I used them to tromp over the low tide reefs (those weren’t exactly the green days of ecological insight) and either left them on the edge or tied them off to a piece of coral for after-surf retrieval. They weren’t good for surfing, though.
The original Bali booty was a Rip Curl product, light blue latex with thin grip soles, originally designed and for Japanese construction workers. Rip Curl didn’t change a thing to them and imported them to flog them to surfers. Brilliant genius marketing. They were the best booties ever—just thick enough to save you from grief, light enough to feel that you were surfing in bare feet. They were being sold in Bali in the mid 80s. Here is yours truly on the Lakey Peak rights (before it was “discovered” and sorry for the crap shot–plus it’s a photo of a photo–but those are Bali booties on me twinkle-toes.)
They don’t make them anymore. Too bad. The booties you buy now feel like, well, boots on your feet.
(One of my personal rules of surf exploration, back in the day, was “wear the booties,” especially on unfamiliar reefs miles & days on a slow boat or horse cart from anywhere—I’d seen enough foot sores go septic).