JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING
From the Western Australian diaries of Andre Anwar
At 17yrs old, Sumbawan Andre Anwar has been handed the second best opportunity for an Indonesian surfer in History. The first being the opportunity given to his Uncle Oney Anwar, whom Rip Curl has groomed as carefully as a rare orchid. But after years of careful handling, the competitive and media results of both these surfers would only impress their mothers. The ability? They have it in spades. But perhaps it is the very culture of Indonesia with its impotent education system, that fails to fire in young men the curiosity, ambition and imagination it takes to take the world by the balls. The following is a rare insight into the world of Andre Anwar from his point of view written down in a diary in a language not native to him. But within these words perhaps there is also an answer to why, with all the given talent in the world, most Indonesian surfers are victims as international competitors and citizens. Desire and familiar comforts of home eternally at odds with potential professional success.