16 August 2016, Kuta-Bali: In an exciting finale to the Volcom’s Totally Crustaceous Tour Indonesian Finals 2016 at Halfways Kuta Beach last Sunday afternoon, Rio Waida claimed victory in the Pro Am (Under 21) Division, Ketut Agus took out the 16 and Under Division, Dhea Natasya earned the Girls Under 21 championship, and her brother Dhanny Widianto nabbed his second consecutive 13 and Under crown.
The day started off with 55 finalists from the two qualifying events earlier this year, Geckofish in Sanur and Flying Fish in Brawa, all taking on the smallish Kuta Beach waves in hopes of claiming victory in their respective divisions and coming home with their share of the Rp. 35 million in cash and prizes from Voodoo surfboards, FCS products, FRII Hotel vouchers, Carve sunglasses, Sunny Daze sunblock and Bali Wacks wax.
The future of Indonesia surfing is clearly very bright, as even though the first half of the day was cloudy with a threat of rain, by time the sun came out the action in the water was already on fire with Bali’s best boy and girl surfers showing off their amazing talents while their friends, family, and tourist spectators cheered them on.
The Pro Am final was indeed the clash of the Titans, with last year’s winner Mega Artana battling it out with the Prince of Padma (and last year’s Under 16 champ) Raju Sena, past King of the Groms winner Andre Julian, and last minute wildcard entry Rio Waida, fresh of his biggest win ever at the King of the Groms/Young Guns event in California.
Raju Sena started off very strong and jumped into the lead with a couple of nice righthanders, using his patented air reverse moves at every opportunity, but soon Rio answered back with his own air reverse and jumped into the lead. He was chased constantly by Halfways local Mega Artana, but ended up putting the final away by blasting apart possibly the best left of the final for an excellent score of 8.17.
“I have bit of jetlag and I wasn’t really prepared for this event because I didn’t qualify due to missing one event, but Ribut gave me a wild card at the last minute so ya, here I am,” said Rio after receiving his cash and goodies on the podium. “And I’m so stoked that I won! The waves were small but with the priority system we all had the chance to get waves, so it was still fun. I just had to keep busy and hope to find the right one in the final. I’m really lucky to get that one wave for an 8.17, because Mega had first priority and he didn’t go, and that wave is what won me the final,” he explained.
In the Under 16’s it was Padma’s Ketut Agus that also posted the highest score of his final to seal his victory, adding a 7.67 score to his second highest wave of 5.5 to leave Canggu’s Kian Martin needing a 6.93 scoring wave to take the lead. This is his first Volcom championship. “I’m so stoked,” said Ketut. “It was a little hard because the waves were small…you had to choose well and always think how to get more points,” he explained. “I’m proud to win this event and hope I can be an ASC champion some day! Thanks to Volcom and everybody for supporting the event, it was so fun.”
U13 & Girls
It was a family affair in the Under 13 and the Girls Division, with Dhanny Widianto winning the Under 13’s and his older sister Dhea Natasya winning the Girls. This is Dhanny’s second consecutive Volcom Under 13 championship, so he was super stoked, saying, “I’m so happy! I’ve been practicing a lot, and so I’m very happy to win! Thanks Volcom for making this event and for Halfways Boardriders and my family for supporting me.” Dhanny has been surfing for 6 years now, and was on fire winning every heat of the day and the final convincingly.
His sister Dhea was equally happy with her win. “I’m very happy that I can win here today, thanks to everybody. I was nervous out there because the waves were small and the other girls could surf really well, but I know that I just had to keep trying and get a good one. I’ve been surfing for 9 years and this is my home break, so I felt the pressure for sure.”
The kid’s mom Wiwin was extremely happy with their result as well, saying, “I’m so proud and happy, thanks Volcom! Every day my kids practice and get encouragement from their father, so to see them win is so great.” When asked if she was against her kids learning to surf in the beginning she replied, “I was only afraid because they couldn’t swim! I didn’t want them to drown…but after they learned also to swim and to surf, so it’s no longer makes me afraid.”
As is usual with all Volcom events, in addition to the surfing competition there are always great music, food, games and entertainment and this day was no exception. Everybody had a chance to win great prizes at the games booth, eat free hot dogs and hamburgers, watch a Barong Dance, and get showered with free goodies after the awards presentation. It’s been a classic Volcom event where the kids ride free and everybody goes home with something!
Volcom Marketing Manager, Raymond Jansen, was all smiles at the end of the day as he watched his team breaking down the big tower and packing away equipment. “Everything went as planned today, smooth and cool, which is always a great thing,” he said. “Although we didn’t get the kind of waves we were hoping for, this isn’t just a surf contest but kind of like a surf festival, with fun games, free food, and giveaways, open and free for everyone. This is what the TCT is all about. We want to make sure everyone goes home with some merchandise. I’m seeing smiles and happy faces everywhere, so for us that’s what makes a successful event. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!”
Note: This year the Asian Surfing Championships was sanctioned the Junior Under 16 Division, so these groms will get point in the ASC Junior Division towards their 2016 AS Junior Championship goals. An ASC Head Judge officiated and the ASC computerized judging system was utilized in all divisions along with a 4-man priority system, helping to prepare these groms for competing in future professional surfing events.
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We would like to thank to Voodoo Surfboards, FCS Indonesia, Carve, Frii Bali Echo Beach, Bali Wacks, Sunny Days Zinc, Surftime Magazine & IndoSurfLife.com for supporting Volcom Totally Crustaceous Tour 2016.
About the Totally Crustaceous Tour
Volcom Stone’s Totally Crustaceous Tour has run across the globe since 1999, making it one of the longest FREE surf series dedicated to the youth. Since its inception, the Totally Crustaceous Tour has stayed true to the Let The Kids Ride Free campaign, which continues to be a fun, free and sometimes raucous event for all participants and spectators. Essentially, these events are about giving back to the local surf communities and giving young surfers an opportunity to get their feet wet in competitive surfing.
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About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
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