2015 ASC Men’s Champion Raditya Rondi from Kuta, Bali took down current rankings leader Dede Suryana (West Java) in the final of the Rote Open 2016 to claim his 3rd ASC win of the year and move up to 3rd in the rankings behind Philmar Alipayo (Philippines) who is in 2nd, and Suryana who remains in first place with his runner up finish.
In the Women’s Division it was Nilbie Blancada from the Philippines who out positioned and out surfed 2015 ASC Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa from Japan in the 25 minute final to jump into first place in the 2016 rankings, leapfrogging surfing sisters Puanani and Kailani Johnson who now trail behind both Blancada and Kitazawa.
It was excellent 3-4 foot glassy Boa Beach wave conditions with occasional 5-foot bombs rolling through that greeted the Men’s quarterfinalists and the Women’s semifinalists cranking the energy level up to 10 for both competitors and spectators alike, who were able to watch all the action from the poolside at the Boa Beach Resort & Villas and cheer on their favorite surfers.
“Ya I just wasn’t very lucky with my wave selection,” said Suryana after the final. “There was that one really good wave near the start of the heat but I didn’t have priority and Raditya did, then he got a 9.5 on it, so I was trying to find a good one like that to answer back. There were some great waves out there, but not the same as in the semis and I just couldn’t seem to find one and make anything happen. But this is such a great place, I’ve had such good waves, so second isn’t too bad. Congrats to Raditya, he always a tough guy to beat in any wave conditions,” he added.
ROTE OPEN 2016 CONTEST RESULTS
1st Raditya Rondi (Kuta, Bali)
2nd Dede Suryana (Cimaja, West Java)
Equal 3rd Philmar Alipayo (Siargao, Philippines)
Equal 3rd. Made Darmayasa (Legian, Bali)
1st Nilbie Blancada (Siargao, Philippines)
2nd Rina Kitazawa (Japan)