IndoSurfLife.com | 28 March, 2012 | Kuta, Bali: Oakley, a leader in the surfing and extreme sports industries, has a long history of supporting surfing in Indonesia. From 2005 onwards, Oakley has sponsored an annual event on the Indonesian surfing tour providing exciting face-offs between the finest athletes in competition.
Originally staged at Bingin on everyone’s favorite peninsula, the Oakley Thump Pro was a large-scale production at one of Bali’s most beautiful and notorious, reefs. The awe-inspiring backdrop, spectacular barrels and challenging conditions made it a firm favorite amongst surfers and spectators alike. Rizal Tanjung won the initial event in 2005, and was runner-up in both 2006 and 2007.
In the second year of running, Wayan Suprayitna battled Rizal in the final and won.
2007 saw an epic final between Rizal and Kuta local Wayan Suprayitna, an Oakley rider, who won with a 9.17 score in the last 10 minutes of the heat.
In 2008 the event moved to Kuta for a single year under a new name: The Oakley O Rokr Pro. The set-up on the tourist-strip attracted many more spectators and the festival atmosphere from Bingin translated well. The winner of this year was Garut Widiarta.
From 2009 onwards the contest became known as the Oakley Pro and moved to the world-class waves of Canggu. The event was also marked by an Oakley incentive for the highest placing unsponsored surfer to win a one year Oakley product sponsorship. What a way to give back and involve everyone in the fun!
The move to Canggu also marked a new environmental initiative from Oakley, cleaning up the beach entirely before the contest and leaving it cleaner than ever after the event. Noteworthy was also the move to use wrap all food in banana leaves, a sustainable resource if ever there was one, thereby further limiting the environmental impact of the event and setting the bar for all major events in Bali.
The inaugural Canggu Oakley Pro in 2009 was won by Mustofa Jeksen followed by Made Awan in 2010.
In 2011 the event returned to Canggu and an epic final between Marlon Gerber and Pepen Hendrik took place with Marlon emerging victorious.
Who knows what excitement Oakley has in store for 2012? It’s certain to set the beaches of Canggu on fire again with spectacular surfing and the atmosphere and edge we love the brand for.
Watch IndoSurfLife.com’s interview with Gino Andrias, Oakley’s Sports and Alternate Marketing Manager, below:
For more information, please visit www.oakleyindonesia.com/oakleypro
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