21 June 2008, Taliwang-West Sumbawa: Day 2 of the Rip Curl West Sumbawa Pro saw the exciting action continue above the razor sharp coral reef of Scar Reef in West Sumbawa, with 4-5 foot waves on offer to tempt the Round 4 Coca-Cola ISC tour competitors into going big with a combination of aerials, big turns and massive floaters, and when pulling them off being rewarded by the top scores from the judging crew viewing the action from the Search boat in the channel.
First to break the 8.0 point barrier was Raditya Rondi in Heat 3, who first tested the waters with a small low scoring wave, then waiting behind the others before swinging into action and tearing apart a 4 foot set wave and get and 8.0, the top score of the event thus far.
As the morning progressed, the size of the set waves increased and with it the level of competition and point scores. Mustofa Jeksen wowed the spectators and the judges with an insane 180 degree air reverse that got him an 8.0 score and the heat win to advance into Round 4, where he will be matched up with last years Rip Curl Scar Reef Pro winner Rahtu Suargita in man-on-man action.
Rip Curl team rider Wayan “Gobleg” Suyadnya dominated his Round 3 heat by crushing a sizeable set wave with his powerful frontside attack, getting the top single wave score of the day, an 8.5. He advances to take on stylish natural footer Marlon Gerber in Round 4.
In the final heat of Round 3, 2007 ISC Champion Lee Wilson had his work cut out for him but was up to the task, aggressively searching for the critical section of the lip to smash and then speeding down the face to generate maximum speed to do it again and again, posting first a 5.0 and then capping it off with an 8.1 to claim the heat win. Chasing him was the every dangerous Made Lapur, who also advanced taking second in the heat and his entry into Round 4.
The swell is forecast to increase slightly tomorrow, so the Round 4 competitors and the competition crew has been instructed to stand by for a mid morning call.
The Rip Curl West Sumbawa Pro started on June 20, the first day of the waiting period, and has until June 30 to be completed, allowing the competitors to surf in the best wave conditions and best locations possible in the wave rich and beautiful West Sumbawa area.
The Rip Curl West Sumbawa Pro is supported by Rip Curl Asia, the Government of West Sumbawa, the West Sumbawa Tourism Forum, SurfTime, and Magic Wave, and is sanctioned by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour.
Text and photos by Tim Hain – Coca-Cola ISC Tour. Except for underwater photo by Brad Masters-LiquidEye