IndoSurfLife.com | 2 April, 2012 | Canggu, Bali: Rounds 3 and 4 of the Oakley Pro 2012 at Canggu were completed today in pumping 4-6 foot surf, with occasional bigger sets closing out the entire beach. The big waves brought out the big moves from Indonesia’s best pro surfers, and after the final horn blew a stop to the days competition there now 8 surfers left to battle it out in tomorrow’s quarterfinals that are scheduled to begin at 6:30 am, conditions permitting.
It is hoped that the competition will conclude tomorrow, as the already sizeable swell is predicted to be increasing steadily over the next several days and Canggu isn’t able to handle a much bigger swell than what was on offer today. If conditions don’t permit completing the competition tomorrow, it will go on hold as there would still be 12 days left in the 14 day waiting period that ends on April 14.
The day’s action began at 7 am with 2011 Coca-Cola ISC champion Marlon Gerber starting his 2012 season by easily winning Heat 1 of Round 3. He later also won his man-on-man Round 4 heat against a charging Gazali Hamzah to secure himself a spot in the quarterfinals, where he is now matched up against number 12 seeded Darmaputra Tonjo.
After his Round 4 heat win Gerber was asked for his thoughts at the start of the new season, to which he replied, “I’m really looking forward to competing this year, but for sure I feel a bit more pressure than I did at this same time last year. I’m committed to getting another championship this year, definitely, so I’m probably thinking more about things and less relaxed. But I’m confident too, knowing that I already have my name on that championship trophy.”
Later he was asked if he had any favorite competition sites this season he said, “No, I like them all. After all, the approach and the goal is the same for all of them right? Surf your best and win! I like going backside and frontside just the same, but when there is a wave like Macaroni’s I’m super stoked because I love that wave. I’ve been surfing it since I was 18. But anyways, its nice to see that this year’s schedule looks more balanced with rights, lefts, and peaks, so I’m pretty stoked to be competing on the ISC. I have new boards from YU, my new board sponsor, and they are working really good, so I’m all set.”
Gerber will compete against young Darmaputra Tonjo in Quarterfinal 1, which will be no walk through, as Tonjo grabbed international headlines last year at the 2011 Oakley World Pro Junior contest where as a wildcard he took out first number 2 seeded Nat Young and then number 1 seed Jack Freestone.
One of the most hard fought battles of the day came in Heat 8 of Round 3, which saw arguably Bali’s best goofyfooters Garut Widiarta, Made “Bol” Adi Putra, and Raditya Rondi, all related by the way, with one of West Java’s best goofyfooters Asep Pahruroji from Cimaja in the heat. “That was one crazy heat,” said Widiarta back on the beach after winning the heat. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the heat draw. Us Bali boys are all from the same family and Asep from Cimaja surfs Cimaja every day, which is a right just like Canggu, so I’m really kinda surprised I won it. Now I’m up against Mus (Mustofa Jeksen) in the quarters, so at least I’m up against another goofyfooter. I didn’t have lots of luck in comps last year, so I’m hoping that my luck has changed for this year and I can get into a final or even win.”
The Quarterfinal match ups are as follows:
Quarterfinal 1: Marlon Gerber vs Darmputra Tonjo
Quarterfinal 2: Mustofa Jeksen vs Garut Widiarta
Quarterfinal 3: Pepen Hendrik vs Lee Wilson
Quarterfinal 4: Made Awan vs Raditya Rondi