Bali’s Darmaputra Tonjo Wins Aceh International Surfing Championship 2017 on Simeulue Island, Indonesia
28 October 2017, Matanurung Beach, Simeulue Island-Aceh: Bali’s Darmaputra Tonjo claimed victory today over fellow Bali competitor Pepen Hendrik in an exciting 30 minute finale to the Aceh International Surfing Championship 2017.
After three days of competition in the scenic and unspoiled paradise of Simeulue Island, it was down to a man-on-man battle between team mates Darmaputra Tonjo (age 27) and Pepen Hendrik (age 38), both sponsored by the surf brand Rip Curl and both from Bali.
“I’m happy I could win this contest,” said Tonjo, “And really hope I can come back here again next year!”
When asked about his experience in the final, he explained, “I was really nervous in the final, because Pepen is such a good surfer and more experienced than me, so I’m just lucky I got a couple really good waves. I was so stoked when I got that one big wave…I just looked at the wall and made some turns and a floater on the end section…I think it was the best wave in the final, and I got my highest score of 9 points. I’m so stoked to be the winner…thank you Simeulue!”
After the awarding and the speeches were over, winner Tonjo presented young 11 year old local Apis with one of his surfboards, and told him to keep practicing and surfing so he could be the winner next time.
Aceh International Surfing Championship 2017 Contest Results
1. Darmayasa Tonjo (Bali)
2. Pepen Hendrik (Bali)
3. Rio Waida (Japan/Bali)
3. Mega Artana (Bali)
5. Rahel Wau (Nias)
5. Herbert Jackson (Nias)
5. Ivan (Pangandaran/Simeulue)
5. Putra Hermawan (Bali)
The Aceh International Surfing Championship 2017 was sponsored by the Government Regency of Simeulue and the Aceh Department of Tourism.