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.
Two of Three: Playing at Pererenan
Canggu is always a favourite, and in spite of the crowds these days the local boys know how to work the line-up and really turn it on. Another early call time with Raju Senna, Ketut Agus, Andre Anwar and Rio Waida, and the boys stood around shivering and joking with each other as we checked the conditions. 2-4ft., a few barrels and plenty of space for fun turns and airs. The boys were on fire, and made sure to share their stoke with everyone in hearing distance, dominating the lineup in spite of their diminutive size. They surfed hard and the session ended with everyone happily exhausted and Ketut the owner of a broken board.
Check the article One of Three: Cruising Keramas
Photos: IURI Borba