This weekend the swell may not have been massive but the island was blessed with plenty of fun waves.
Despite a recent, severe head injury, Jeremy Flores (FRA) has won the Billabong Pro Tahiti and with its Jeep rankings boost, has joined the Title race. After a contest that saw intense heats and big upsets, the race to the top has grown to include six surfers within one event win of overtaking the No. 1 position.
Our photographer was on the beach at first light and he brought this back. What did you get today?
After four days of great waves and hard fought heats the 2015 Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge presented by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and the Australian Embassy Jakarta has come to an end with Australia’s Jared Hickel (Cronulla, NSW/AUS) defeating Jean De Silva (Brazil) in the Final yesterday.
A not-so-secret-secret was our third target and the boys had a froth-fest. The boys got barrelled out of their brains and then some, enjoying the 2-4ft conditions with the odd bigger set steamrolling through.
In recent years, Kelia Moniz has become the face of female longboarding. Her grace on a longboard is a pleasure to watch and in ROAM.
The first 7 heats of the day saw 28 of Indonesia’s best surfers battle it out for the last 16 spots in the main event. One competitor who moved through to the main event was Bali’s Wayan Betet Merta, who posted the highest heat total of the trials, a 16.25 from two long backhand barrel rides. Merta was lucky to overcome Dex Scoot who posted a perfect 10-point-ride with the longest barrel of the morning
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. 2-4ft., a few barrels and plenty of space for fun turns and airs.
With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge presented by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and the Australian Embassy Jakarta, the heat draw is rapidly filling up with 70 out of the 96 spots already filled with WSL Qualifying Series and ASC competitors frothing at the thought of surfing Bali’s iconic and historic Uluwatu with just 3 other surfers in the water.
We want to put some of these Indonesian 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. First trip was to Keramas and the boys got plenty of barrel time and threw in some airs to mix things up. More here.