Indonesia’s top pro surfers battled it out today in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Coca-Cola ISC Open Division of the Rote Open 2010 presented by Billabong, vying for quarterfinal berths in the good-to-excellent 3-4 foot waves of Boa Beach in Rote Island, Indonesia.
Due to the morning low tide conditions, Contest Director Tipi Jabrik made the decision to wait for the tide to rise before calling the top seeded ISC surfers into action for Round 3 at 12:30 pm. The incoming tide produced slightly bigger and better conditions than the previous day, and provided highly contestable waves throughout the afternoon. Round 4 was completed all but for Heat 8, as the setting sun forced a stop at just before 6:00 pm.
Current ISC Open Division rankings leader Pepen Hendrik was in top form, winning the first heat of the day in Round 3 then going on to win his Round 4 man-on-man match up against Tatu Zagato. He will face Mustofa Jeksen in Quarterfinal 1.
Lee Wilson was again an in-form surfer today, giving the crowd on the beach an amazing aerial exhibition in his Round 4 heat against Made Darmayasa, with both surfers spending record time in the air boosting airs over each available ramp section. Wilson will take on Made Awan in Quarterfinal 2.
17-year-old Putu Anggara put on an impressive display of aggressive backside backside surfing today to find himself matched up with fellow Nusa Lembongan pro junior Agus Frimanto in Round 4. In a hard fought duel, dark horse Anggara smashed two of his three waves to post first a 6.25 and then a 7.5 to best Frimanto by a 3 point margin, 13.75 to 10.75. Anggara will take on another of his Lembongan pro junior peers Putra Hermawan in Quarterfinal 3.
Hermawan, who is also one of the youngest surfers competing in the ISC Open division at not quite 17 years old, is looking to be a serious threat to the top seeds and has won each of his heats so far in the event.
Veteran Devis Ratif posted an 8 out of a possible 10 points in Heat 5 of Round 3 on a wave he literally destroyed, bringing cheers to the crowd on the beach and posting the second highest single wave score of the day. He went on to best Wayan “Betet” Merta in the final heat of the day and will be matched up against either Tia Nustawan or number 2 ranked Dedi Santoso in Quarterfinal 4.
The plan for tomorrow is an early 6:00 am start for either the ISC Women’s or ISC Masters Division, as the tide will still be at a medium level and sufficient to run a few hours before it gets too low. When the tide again reaches mid level in the afternoon, either the International Division quarterfinals or the Open Division quarterfinals will be run, with the remainder of the competition to be completed on Saturday.