Some call him “Balo,” but most who know him call him Lee. Part Australian and part Indonesia, Lee was born in Jakarta, but spent his school days in Oz. When he graduates, his plan is to move back to Indo full-time. He’s a friendly figure, always with an ear-to-ear smile. His body is decorated with tattoos which commemorate many of the most important moments in his life, including a neck tattoo with his daughter’s name – which was done the day after the baby screamed her first cry.

A joker at times, but serious when required, he can turn the switch in an instant. From a ferocious athlete in the lineup to a loving father, from a utter-focus during a take-off in the Mentawais to a coloring session with his daughter, Ava. He’s found and mastered the balance necessary to make his life one worth living.

Surfing and art are like bacon and eggs on his plate – practically inseparable. “Progressive” in the water; a “Neo-Expressionist” in his art. Oh, yeah – Lee digs poetry as well. When you cut him, he bleeds lyrics.

Q & A

  1. When did you start surfing?

    I started when I was 7. Nearly 20 years of surfing.

  2. When did you turn pro?

    I started getting paid when I was like 15.

  3. Favorite surf trip?

    My trip to Apocalypse early this year. We had amazing waves.

  4. Sources of inspiration?

    Andy Irons, Lil Tunechi, Jean-Michel Basquiat

  5. Favorite type of music?


  6. Other special talents beyond surfing?

    I like to paint and cook.

  7. Finish this statement: "To me, Oakley is ___________"

    ...the bridge to my dream.

  8. Favorites bands?

    The Beatles, U2, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and the Wailers

  9. Favorites films?

    The Godfather, Step Brothers, Basquiat

  10. Favorites books?

    Siddhartha, Shantaram, how to make your brain get happy.

  11. Favorite TV shows?

    Sopranos, Eastbound & Down, Spongebob Squarepants

  12. What move / trick are you working on?

    Been trying to get my stalefish grab. Haven’t figured that one out yet. I’ve been told, “it's all in your head.”

  13. Five things you can't live without?

    Boards, Money, iPhone, Book, Laptop

  14. Best after-session food?

    Ahi Poke and rice

Lee Wilson

Date of Birth:
August 10, 1985
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Oakley, Skullcandy, Shapers Fins, Basti
Painting and cooking

Career Highlights

    • 2012: 1st, Rip Curl Open - Mentawai, Sumatra
    • 2012: 1st, Quiksilver Open - West Java
    • 2011: 1st, Rip Curl Padang-Padang Invitational
    • 2011: Air Show Winner, Rip Curl Surf & Music Fest - Kuta Beach, Bali
    • 2011: 1st, Quiksilver Open - West Java
    • 2009: Indonesian Surfing Championship Champion
    • 2007: Indonesian Surfing Championship Champion