IndoSurfLife.com | 1 April, 2012 | Canggu, Bali: West Java’s Dede Suryana wasn’t doing any April Fooling today as he punctuated his Round 2 heat win by posting the day’s top single wave score of 9.25 (out of a possible 10 points) with an impressive 360 aerial, and coming back to the beach with the day’s top total heat score of 17.00 (out of a possible 20) points.
“The waves were so fun out there,” said Suryana after his heat. “The wind was coming up a bit side shore so it gave me chance to hit that ramp and give it try. I’m glad the judges liked it! Looking forward to tomorrow so I can get some more great waves as I hear the swell is supposed to be getting bigger.” Tomorrow Suryana will be matched up against two-time Coca-Cola ISC champ Lee Wilson, Made “Bol” Adi Putra, and Yudi Andika in Heat 7 of Round 3.
The Oakley Pro 2012 is the first stop of the 2012 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship tour season, and is a dual sanctioned event with the Asian Surfing Championship Tour. Canggu is one of the most popular and high performance waves on the island of Bali, with many of the world’s best surfers regularly visiting for photo and video shoots, and just to enjoy the Bali vibe and superb waves on offer.
Another highlight from the day was goofy footer Husain Areef from the Maldives winning both his Round 1 and Round 2 heats to secure a spot in Round 3, where he will take on current Coca-Cola ISC champion Marlon Gerber, Mustofa Jeksen, and Kadek Murtika in Heat 1.
“I’m surprised but very happy to have gotten through my heats, “said Areef. “There are so many good surfers here and most of them from Bali, so I really didn’t know if I could make it through. I’ve only ever surfed the wave here for the last two days, so I don’t have much experience. I’m so happy I made it through so I can surf again tomorrow.” Arref came to Bali with his brother Abdulla, who unfortunately didn’t make it through his first heat, coming in third place.
The waves conditions were good to excellent during the day, with consistent and glassy 3 foot (1 meter) surf for the 7:30 am start, then becoming a little wind affected from about 10:30 until the end of Round 2 at 1:30 pm. The swell forecasters are predicting a steady increase in swell over the next several days, so it is possible that the event will be able to finish during the first week of the two week waiting period that ends on April 14th.
But it wasn’t just about surfing today at Canggu Beach, as today representatives from Oakley Indonesia, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, the Coca-Cola ISC, the Role Foundation, and the Pererenan and Canggu Surf Clubs joined together in a tree planting project as part of the on-going efforts of the Coca-Cola ISC, Oakley and the Role Foundation to reduce the carbon footprint of CC-ISC events and improve the ecosystems of Indonesia’s beaches.
30 trees were planted at various locations around the beach, directed by the heads of the local surf clubs and spearheaded by the Role Foundation. It is hoped that projects such as these will set an example to other companies and institutions in Bali and other parts of Indonesia and encourage them to take action in preserving the environment. For more information check out www.rolefoundation.org.
The Oakley Pro 2012 will continue tomorrow morning with a 7:30 am start of Round 3, with more exciting action as the top seeds of the Coca-Cola ISC Tour take on the surfers that advanced from Rounds 1 and 2 today, so you’ll be seeing Indonesia’s best surfers going mental as they start on their mission to be the next Coca-Cola ISC champion.
To stay on top of all the action going down at the Oakley Pro 2012, check out www.isctour.com for video’s, photos and more, and on Facebook look up Indonesian Surfing Championship (ISC).
The Oakley Pro 2012 presented by San Miguel Light is a 6-star dual sanctioned Coca-Cola ISC and ASC event, and is sponsored/supported by PowerAde, New Era, Cocoon, the Beat, and IndoSurfLife.com.
Photo by: Tim Hain