Capping off a non-stop action-packed two days of competition at the Quiksilver Canggu Challenge at Bali’s favorite wave playground of Canggu, 2014 ASC Champion Dede Suryana claimed the Men’s Open victory in an exciting battle of Asia’s best surfing champions, while the Philippines Nilbie Blancada dominated the Women’s Open, Brazil’s Samuel Pupo wowed the crowd to win the Junior Boys, and Australia’s Sophie Fletcher nabbed the top podium spot in the Junior Girls.
Wave conditions throughout the event were stellar, ranging from two-foot runners to 5-foot washthroughs with virtually perfect 3-4 footers most abundant for the 120 plus competitors from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan that signed up for the first ever ASC/ISC sanctioned Quiksilver Challenge Canggu, allowing for virtually every type of surfing maneuver possible to be performed by the contestants. The huge number of competitors necessitated using two sets of judges and the running of concurrent divisions at two breaks, the Sand Bar and the Rivermouth on Day 1, with a total of 44 heats on the first day and the remaining 26 with just one set of judges on Day 2, two very full days of surfing!
Men’s Open winner and two time ASC/ISC (2014, 2008) champion Dede Suryana was delighted with his win, having consistently posted excellent wave scores throughout the event, but saving his best air game for the final. “The waves were so good out there for both days, and I knew the judges giving high scores for big turns and combinations, so during the final I focused on my turns to start. I got into the lead with two good waves, but then Marlon got that big air for 9 points and then Raditya did a couple big turns with a backside air reverse to take the lead from me, so I knew I had to not only do on air but an air and some turns to retake the lead,” explained Dede.
“So after getting one air for a 7.3 which wasn’t enough, and only a couple minutes left, I was without priority and inside of the other guys who were waiting for the larger sets. I saw them pass up a wave and it looked good so I took off, made a couple turns and saw the ramp so tried the air reverse, made it, and a couple of turns. I was so happy when the judges gave me a 9.3 and I got the lead back…but it was a tense couple of minutes waiting until the horn blew….then I was like ‘yes, yes, yes!!!!’ when I knew I had won. I’m so stoked to win, especially because it’s my sponsor’s event. Thanks to Quiksilver, everybody for coming out and supporting the event, and especially to my wife and daughter who are waiting at home for me,” he added.
Surftime wishes the Suryana family well.
Men’s Open Division
1. Dede Suryana (IDN) 16.80 pts
2. Raditya Rondi (IDN) 15.45 pts
3. Marlon Gerber (IDN) 13.90 pts
4. Mustofa Jeksen (IDN) 13.40 pts
Women’s Open Division
1. Nilbie Blancada (PHL) 16.50 pts
2. Taina Hinckel (BRA) 12.00 pts
3. Kailani Johnson (IDN) 10.15 pts
4. Nildie Rietenbach (PHL) 4.85 pts
Junior Boys Division
Samuel Pupo (BRA) 16.55 pts
2. Rio Waida (IDN) 14.75 pts
3. Mega Artana (IDN) 10.50 pts
4. Tommy Sobri (IDN) 5.65 pts
Junior Girls Division
Sophie Fletcher (AUS) 12.50 pts
2. Hayana Iguchi (BRA) 9.80 pts
3. Cinta Hansel (IDN) 9.50 pts
4. Taina Hinckel (BRA) 8.45 pts