22 October 2008, Kuta-Bali: Indonesia’s Dede Suryana completely dominated the Aerial competition at the Asian Beach Games in Bali today. Suryana leapt to the lead in the first heat of the day and consistently outscored his opponents in every subsequent heat through to the final, racking up 8 and 9 point waves with regularity and leaving the rest of the field far behind.
Winning the silver was Yuichi Kurogi from Japan, and countryman Shuhei Kato took home a bronze.
Also in the final was fellow Indonesian Made “Bol” Adi Putra, a very proficient aerial specialist himself, who today just couldn’t find the waves in the final that would allow him to display that proficiency to its fullest. He did however end the competition with a bronze medal, having gotten several high scoring waves earlier in the day to get him into the final with the two competitors from Japan.
The beach was pumping with music and cheering during all 40 minutes of the grand final, with flags waving and drums beating to encourage the competitors on. The ocean could have been a little more generous in terms of high quality waves, with only 1-2 foot surf on offer, but Suryana made the most of it to the delight of the crowd on the beach, who proudly celebrated the moment with him.
Tomorrow will see the final surfing competition of the Asian Beach Games, the Tag Team event. Scheduled to compete are Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Maldives, and Vietnam.