Bali’s biggest and best Coca-Cola ISC sanctioned surfing competition of 2010, the Quiksilver Open at Keramas Beach in Gianyar Bali, saw the first three rounds of the ISC Men’s Open Division completed in excellent 3-4 foot waves with high grade performances posted by the top ranked Indonesian professional surfers.
Quiksilver team rider Dede Suryana from West Java posted the highest single wave score and the highest heat score in the final heat of the fully action-packed day that started off at 7 am and ended at 5:30 pm, an impressive 9 points out of possible 10 to convincingly win the heat with a two wave total of 16 points. Number 2 ranked Dedi Santosa finished behind Suryana with 10.2 points, but still advances with Suryana into Round 4.
Suryana has just returned from a month long stint in Europe where he was competing in World Qualifying Series international surfing competitions in France and Portugal.
ISC number one ranked surfer Pepen Hendrik kept his championship hopes alive by fending off Darmaputra Tonjo and narrowly winning the heat in the waning moments by a total score of 10.9 to Tonjo’s 10.75. Should Hendrik reach the semifinals and or win the event, he will be crowned 2010 Coca-Cola ISC Champion on the sands of Keramas Beach.
2009 Coca-Cola ISC Champion Lee Wilson handily won his Round 3 heat, aggressively jumping to the lead by scoring 7 points on his first wave then following it up with a 6 points on his third, his 13 points giving him a 2.05 point winning margin over second placed Sandi Selamat, who finished with a 10.95 total. Both surfers advance to Round 4.
Other highlights of the day included Agus Frimanto from Nusa Lembongan, who got the second highest since wave score of the day, an 8.5, and Raditya Rondi of Kuta whose combined two-wave score of 14.5 was the second highest.
It was a very unusual day at Keramas Beach today, in that the wave conditions were excellent and contestable for the majority of the day.
Quiksilver’s Contest Director Jake “the Snake” Paterson called a break mid morning to allow the tide to bottom out, sensing that with very little wind and the rising tide conditions would allow a continuation. “Keramas doesn’t often provide very good wave conditions low tide so it was a good time to take a break” he said. “And there didn’t seem to be the usual wind patterns evident so I was optimistic that when the tide started pushing up we would have some great waves for the rest of the day. I admit it was taking a chance because it rarely happens that Keramas doesn’t get blown out by mid day, but seeing those sets start rolling in around noon gave me confidence to call it back on. The wind never was a factor and so we just kept running through Round 3. It was a long day for sure, but one of the best ever,” he concluded.
Tomorrow’s action is slated to get started again early at around 6:30 am. Depending upon the swell conditions, it could be a continuation of the Men’s Open Division with Round 4, or the Women’s Division, or the Master’s Division.
But what is sure is that there will be lots of great surfing going down at Keramas Beach for Day 2 of the Quiksilver Open!