With its massive waves and perfect weather, it’s no wonder Bali is constantly spitting out more than its fair share of surfers. But one thing’s for sure: not everyone has managed to craft a career as successful as Raditya’s. Starting his passion for surf through a board he borrowed from a friend, fast-forward a decade later, and he is today one of the most formidable and humblest fella you’ll ever meet. Billabong caught up with the 24 year old and got him to reminisce about the good, the bad and the (somewhat) ugly…
You’re talking about Uncle, Ganti Yasa? Well, he was the one who taught my cousin, Garut Widiarta, and myself the art of surf when we were just kids. Personally, he has made a great impact to my career, as well as my personal life.
He has exposed me to many great competitions, which has helped me overcome my shyness and to open up more.
Having surfed for a long time, what’s the biggest wave you’ve ripped?
We hate asking this, but any horrific accidents to date?
Well, once I was on a trip to Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, and Sumbawa, with the Billabong crew from Brazil. Our boat caught fire mid-sea about 40 minutes out from Nusa Lembongan. There was an electrical short circuit that shocked us and we were so scared! We jumped out off the boat and into the water. It was a pretty funny experience.
Yikes! Besides surfing, what other forms of leisure activities do you enjoy?