30 July 2011, Nusa Lembongan-Indonesia: Hometown boy Ediana “Buncis” Putra claimed victory in the Under 16 Division final today the Billabong Pro Junior contest held at Shipwrecks, besting fellow Lembongan grom Komang “Komo” Satrawan, Andre Julian from West Java, and Koko Misua from Bali.
The largest of the Under 16 groms in the final, Ediana put on a masterful display of aggressive surfing in the small and challenging low tide conditions, using his stature and power to rip some big turns on the 1-2 foot reef break that was being blasted by strong offshore winds. “I’m a bit surprised that I won, because I’m bigger than the other guys and the waves were kind of small,” said Ediana back on the boat after the final. “I was most worried that Andre would take it out, because he was ripping so hard coming into the final. But I just kept doing my best and trying to choose the best waves, and it worked out for me. I’m so happy to win here at my home break on my island. Thanks Billabong for bringing the contest here!”
The remaining four heats of Round One and one heat of the Quarterfinals of the Pro Junior Under 21 Division were run today before the tide bottomed out at just after 2:00 pm, so tomorrow will see the completion of the event and the crowning of the Billabong Pro Junior 2011 Under 21 champion.
The highlight the day came in Heat 5 of the Pro Junior Under 21 Division as Sumbawa’s Oney Anwar and Bali’s Darmaputra Tonjo put on an insane aerial dual in the small low tide waves, with Anwar posting the highest score of the day and of the event, a massive 8.5 points (out of a possible 10), for a big air reverse after already chalking up a 6.5 the wave before. Tonjo was not far behind with first a 7.5 and then a 7.25 for two of his three aerial maneuvers. The heat finished with Anwar collecting a total of 15 points (out of a possible 20) and Tonjo coming in with a close 14.75.
Judge Leon Suandhi was grinning and shaking his heat at the conclusion of the heat, saying, “That was hands down the best heat of the competition so far, those boys were just going off out there. It was even more incredible because the waves were small and not that easy to surf, so I’m very impressed and looking forward to seeing more of the same tomorrow for the final day.”
Anwar was missing in action when the call for his heat went out, but Contest Director Wayan Wirtama elected to hold off on the start for a few extra minutes, for which Anwar was very thankful. “I was just finishing my lunch on the beach when Putra (Hermawan) came running up and told me they were waiting for me. I had to get a canoe out to the big boat to get my rashie and then paddle like crazy to get out into the lineup. My stomach was really full, so I wasn’t really comfortable at the start, but I did all right after awhile. I’m sure happy they waited for me, thanks guys!”
The surfers were told to stand by for a 6 am call tomorrow morning, in hopes that the swell will pick up and Shipwrecks will have a chance to show off it best face for the conclusion of the event.
Billabong Pro Junior Under 16 Division Results
1. Ediana Putra (Nusa Lembongan) 8.75 pts
2. Komang Sastrawan (Nusa Lembongan) 7.95 pts
3. Andre Julian (West Java) 7.00 pts
4. Koko Mitsua (Bali) 4.20pts