Kuta, Bali – Rip Curl Asia is proud to announce the addition of Lombok’s most talented surfer, Usman Trioko, to its already stacked surf team.
Hailing from one of the world’s most legendary lefthand reef breaks, Trioko is one of Indonesia’s top freesurfers and arguably one of the best barrel riders in the world. Trioko has made a name for himself as the top local surfer at Lombok’s longest barrel, often outperforming many of the best professionals who come from all over the world to get shacked at his local break.
The 17-year-old goofyfooter has avoided contests in favor of catching big swells at the world-class reef breaks near his home in West Nusa Tenggara, and scoring some of the longest barrels on the planet. Trioko’s performances at his home break are truly the stuff of legend. He’s been known to pull into 20-second barrels across the entire reef and emerge from the tube well past the infamous and dangerously shallow “Grower Section.”
Lately, Trioko has also been fine tuning his rail and aerial surfing, and now possesses a potent backhand attack in righthanders as well. For Usman, who has been without a sponsor for the past eight months, the deal with Rip Curl represents an important milestone in his young professional career.
“I’ve had no sponsor for a long time now, so I’m really stoked to have the support of such a respected company like Rip Curl,” Usman said. “I want to thank Rip Curl and all my friends and family who have supported me and my surfing. I’m looking forward to surfing and searching for new spots with guys like Garut and Oney and everyone else on the Rip Curl Asia team.”
Rip Curl SEA Marketing Manager James Hendy said that getting Trioko onto the Rip Curl Asia surf team was a no-brainer, and hinted that we could possibly see Trioko receive a prestigious invitation to the 2013 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational, a gathering of the best tube riders on Earth.
“Part of Rip Curl’s DNA and one of our main brand values is The Search, and Usman represents this value in every conceivable way,” Hendy said. “He is an incredible tube rider from a remote region of Indonesia who has honed his skills surfing on broken boards left behind by traveling surfers. We’re stoked to be in a position to support Usman, giving him the products he needs to live his Search in the best possible way.”