2008 Coca-Cola ISC Pro Surfing Champion Dede Suryana from West Java is making big news with an impressive display of radical surfing at the 6 Star ASP World Tour SriLanakan Airlines Pro at Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka.
Suryana hails from the small coastal town of Cimaja in West Java, about 5 hours drive away from Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, but considers Bali as his second home as he spends a lot of time here surfing and competing.
After his first round heat win (Round of 96), Suryana was elated with his result. He favorably compared the Arugam Bay wave to his hometown break of Cimaja where he first learned to surf saying “the wave is really good here, like Cimaja but longer and even more rippable for turns.”
After winning the first heat, he went on to place second in the second round and then further impressed the media team that is reporting the event by winning his third round heat, scoring a total of 15.03 points for his top two waves, a score bested only by Australian wunderkind Julian Wilson who racked up a 15.60 (out of a possible 20 points). In an interview later Suryana said, “it is such a great wave and I’m getting more and more to know how the wave breaks and I really feel confident out there.” This is his best result so far in his first year on the WQS and he is looking strong and confident.
Tomorrow in Round 4 (round of 16), Suryana will face off against Australian Jayke Sharp in the man-on-man format, and with the swell forecast predicting bigger and better conditions, Suryana’s fans here in Indonesia will be glued to the webcast to watch their hero and cheer him on in his quest for victory.