16 August, Kuta-Bali: Three trial rounds and Round 1 of the Men’s Division, as well as the majority of the Women’s Division action was completed today in 1-2 foot surf at Halfways Kuta Beach.
The rapidly dropping tide together with the small surf and the anticipation of larger surf and better conditions tomorrow were reason enough for Contest Director Tipi Jabrik to call a halt to the action for the day at 1:30 pm.
Three trial rounds started off the morning at just before 8 am to fill the remaining spots in the 64-man lineup. Then the 11 women competitors were called into action and raced through their three heats and semi finals, with Nyoman Satri, Yulie, Yesco and Sena lined up for the Final, which will be held tomorrow.
The Men’s Round 1 Heat 1 competitors paddled out at 10:30 am, and saw Oakley team rider Dewa Made Ardika take the early lead and eventually the win. Coming in second was legend Made Switra, equally at home in large or small surf. Rommel Ritnal Rojo, all the way from the Philippines, was the only out of towner to make it out of the trials and into the main event, but unfortunately couldn’t make it past Ardika and Switra to advance to Round 2.
Local Marlon Gerber, using a purple twin fin, stylishly won Heat 2, choosing the right tool for the job. Tri Wijaya (Tole) was another standout, showing his expertise on the very small waves and coming away with the most points in Heat 4.
Other heat winners included Nyoman Maika, Junius Wau, Soma Warsoma, Wayan Winjaya, Komang Winjaya, and in the first heat of Round 2, Tia Nustawan.
Round 2 Heat is set to start off tomorrow morning at 6:30 am, as it will require a full day of competition to complete the contest before the sun sets on Kuta Beach and the bands start playing.
In addition to the surfing competitions, there will also be a BMX Dirt Jump contest with local and national BMX riders, a “panjat pinang” traditional independence day pole climbing competition, and the beach will rock with Bali’s own supergroup Superman is Dead and Jakarta’s St. Loco, testing the limits of the huge 50,000 watt sound system. There will also be the finals of the bikini competition from Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel!
This event is in conjunction with the launch of Oakley’s latest electronic eyewear product, the O ROKR Pro. O ROKR PRO is one of the world’s first eyewear to stream digital music and Bluetooth technology. The O ROKR Pro combines the leading Bluetooth technology from Motorola and with HDO® (High Definition Optics) protection only available from Oakley.
The Oakley O ROKR Pro is sanctioned by the Coca Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour. The ISC was officially formed under the direction of Tipi Jabrik as CEO, whose experience with competitive surfing paved the way for this new venture in the Indonesian surfing circuit. Tipi Jabrik has been a head to toe Oakley rider for the past 2 years. This event’s main objective is to grow the awareness of surfing itself in Indonesia and to raise the local surfers competitive skills and to bring them to the next level, which is worldwide exposure.
Event sponsors are the Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Optik Seis, Extreme Toys, Greensand Recharge, Fiesta Condom, Garuda Indonesia.
The event is supported by the Hard Rock Café Jakarta, Hard Rock Café Bali, Heineken, Oddyseys, AJ Hackett, Waterbom, Reef, and Point Break
Media partners are Astro Expresi, Trans 7, TV One, Metro TV, Global TV. KIS FM Jakarta, Hard Rock FM Bali, OZ FM Bali, FHM, Cosmopolitan, Trax, Esquire, Area, Juice, Garuda Inflight, Maxim, and SurfTime
The ever-stylish Marlon Gerber swoops into a turn on the way to his heat win today at Halfways Kuta Beach