24 October 2008, Kuta-Bali: Indonesia’s Surfing Team put on a brilliant display of talent, strategy and teamwork to come home with another gold medal on the final day of surfing competition the first Asian Beach Games yesterday.
Made Garut Widiarta, Made Raditya Rondi, Made Adi Putra, and Dede Suryana worked together under the direction of coaches Om Arya and Made Switra to consistently post the highest scores in all three rounds of competition at Kuta Beach, ending the Grand Final with 12 points.
Also surfing very well in the 1-2 foot beach break surf were the team from Japan who came home with a silver medal, Shigenori Suzuki, Shuhei Kato, Yuichi Kurogi, and Akhihro Makino. The Japanese team finished with 9 points.
Gaining a bronze medal for their efforts were the team from the Philippines, Carlito Nogalo, Dionesio Espejon, and Luke Landrigan, and the only women surfer of team event, Nildie Rietenbach. The Philippine team finished with 6 points.
The final bronze went to the Maldivian team, who were shorthanded due to one of there surfers falling ill, but still got 2 points and a great experience at the end of the day (Abdulla Areef, Mohamad Irushad, Sharel Ameen, and Ayya Amis).
The final medal presentation for the surfing event is scheduled for this evening at 7 pm.
To recap the medal awards for the surfing event in the first Asian Beach Games, here are the breakdowns.
Indonesia = 3 : Men’s Shortboard (Made Garut Widiarta) Aerial (Dede Suryana) and Team
Japan = 2 : Men’s Longboard (Yuta Morimoto) and Women’s Shortboard(Akiko Kiyonoga)
Indonesia = 2 : Men’s Shortboard ( Made Raditya Rondi) Women’s Shortboard (Yasniar Gea)
Japan = 2 : Aerial (Yuichi Kurogi) and Team
Philippines = 1 : Men’s Longboard (Luke Landrigan)
Indonesia = 4 : Men’s Longboard (Wayan Widana and Husni Ridwan), Women’s Shortboard (Diah Rahayu Dewi) and Aerial (Made Adi Putra)
Philippines = 3: Men’s Shortboard (Carlito Nogalo), Women’s Shortboard (Marnianita Alcala), and Team
Japan = 2: Men’s Shortboard (Shigenori Suzuki), and Men’s Aerial (Shuhei Kato)
Maldives = 1: Team