Respecting elders is a core element of Indonesia’s diverse cultures around the archipelago. This can even be seen in the line-ups; let’s say Padang is breaking and one of the established boys gets a sick wave, next set that rolls through he’s bound to be given a wave over one of the younger kids. The same may be seen in the media coverage where the majority of space is taken up by surfers present and past…with very little room for the up-and-comers to be scrambling for.
Consider for a moment that the groms messing about in the lineup today will soon be representing Indonesian surfing. The kid for whom every wave seems overhead could soon be on the WCT charging Teahupoo and Pipeline.
We want to put some of these kids in the spotlight now to showcase the level and hunger for the sport that is present – and how Indonesian surfing stands to benefit from them. We’ll be featuring three articles all about a group of groms surfing around Bali. It struck me how professional these guys are despite their young age – on time, polite, rearing to go, and stoked on each other’s surfing. They are keen to push themselves and each other in the water, and it’s exciting to see where they’re headed. Credit goes to their families who are encouraging and supporting these kids to pursue their passions and the future of Indonesian surfing while keeping them grounded.
One of Three: Cruising Keramas
After checking the forecast and people’s schedules we all woke up early and met at Keramas at 6am. Andre Anwar, Ketut Agus and Rio Waida were stoked to surf together, as they often do, and even more so to have a photographer along especially for them. Conditions were fun, 2-4ft barreling Keramas, clean and relatively uncrowded. The boys got plenty of barrel time and threw in some airs to mix things up.
Photo by: Iuri Borba