In a world where plastic bags are found in the deepest place in the ocean and where ocean levels are rising unchecked, it is good to know that there is only one difference between surfing and statistical environmental science. In the science of it the universe is in control. In surfing, you are. Because Science may provide an understanding of the universal experience, but it is our surfing that provides a universal understanding of our personal experience. Which is why, after 20 stoked years of publishing this magazine, we are even more stoked to tell you that all our environmental efforts are beginning to take hold.
November 8, 2016 – Both the Rip Curl Gromsearch #5 and the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Finals were decided in challenging conditions at Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa, Nov 4-6th.
Java’s Dhea Natasya, came charging out of the gate with powerful maneuvers. Her opponent, Bali’s Kailani Johnson, put in a courageous performance but in the end it just wasn’t enough. Dhea Natasya was crowned our new 2016 Gromsearch National Female Champion.
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.
Halfway Kuta Boardriders final contest was a blast! Although the waves were pretty small, it was super consistent so everybody got a chance to show their skills.
The first day was the Halfway Challenge and it’s Open Division, surfers from around Bali were invited and the comp ran smoothly all day. Garut Widiarta took the top position in the final. He needed only a small score but ended up getting the highest score in the final with only a half minute to go.
Ketut Agus and Taina Izquierdo triumph with gutsy performances!
16 MAY 2016 – Continuing the Search for Indonesia’s best groms, Rip Curl kicked off Gromsearch #4 in the powerful beach break of Pantai Pajang in Bengkulu, West Sumatra. “It looked like Puerto Escondido in Mexico,” Said very surprised Dad Rizal Tanjung, “Gnarly grown-up, spitting barrels. But the boys handled it! A great day of surfing! We’ll be coming back”.