22 June 2009, Taliwang-West Sumbawa: The expected increase in swell did not materialize today, so after giving the Indian Ocean a few hours chance to wake up Contest Director Pete Matthews called a lay day for today at the beautiful and scenic Scar Reef beach.
There is currently a local volleyball tournament going on as well as a Battle of the Bands, so the contestants and crew have some entertainment to keep them occupied if they don’t have the urge to go boating, snorkeling, fishing, or just relaxing at the beach.
Yesterday afternoon saw the opening ceremony of the Rip Curl West Sumbawa Pro 2009, where the local government officials and community gathered for speeches and local dance/cultural performances before the Bupati (governor) rang to gong to open the festivities.
Competition is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at a nearby righthand reef break for Round 4, so stay tuned and review the action of the last few days at www.ripcurl.com and www.isctour.com. See you tomorrow!
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