Source: Asian Surfing Tour
8 October 2014, Gianyar-Bali: On the opening day of the inaugural Komune Bali Pro presented by the Mad Hueys at Keramas, it was Bali’s Pepen Hendrik and Lakey Peak’s Gazali Hamzah that posted the two highest scores of day to send out a clear message to the international field that the local contingent is a force to be reckoned with in this dual sanctioned Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) event.
In Heat 3 up against former ASP World Tour competitor Dean Morrison, Garut Widiarta and Muhlis “MJ” Jaffar, Pepen Hendrik locked into and somehow managed to come out of an impossibly deep Keramas barrel to earn a well-deserved 9.50 points (out of a possible 10) for the top single wave score of the day.
“I don’t know how I made it out of that one,” said Pepen. “I was so deep and saw it was going to pinch but I just aimed high towards the end before I closed my eyes, because there was water everywhere. I just kept going and going, then I felt less pressure and popped up and I was out. I don’t know how I made it, but I’m so stoked to get a barrel like that, especially in a heat with a guy like Dean,” he added.
Lakey Peak’s Gazali Hamzah took to the air to score the second highest single wave score of 9.10 in Heat 5, while up against Luke Hynd, Jack Duggan, and Kadek Jefri. Hamzah, who is the brother of Oney Anwar, added on another score of 4.65 to end up with a 13.75 to win the heat, with Luke Hynd also advancing with a total score of 12.85.
Other Indonesian’s that advanced to Round 2 spots included one of last year’s wildcards who had a heat against Kelly Slater in the WCT, Nusa Lembongan’s Putra Hermawan. He had a seesaw battle for first place with Bali’s Lee Wilson, who hasn’t been competing in any ASC events this year, and narrowly bested Wilson with a 7.25 and a 7.50. Wilson blasted several impressive laybacks and almost landed a huge air, coming in with a pair of 6.75 scores for a second place finish.
West Java’s Dede Suryana won his heat with his last wave, getting the score needed to re-take the lead off ex-WCT surfer Nathan Webster. “I was so lucky to get that last wave and that it had some good scoring potential,” said Dede. “I was a bit nervous out there because it had started to slow down and I wasn’t sure how many good waves were left….plus with Devis and Blacky out there, they could have easily gotten a good score and knocked me into 3rd or 4th. I’m so happy I got through that one!” he exclaimed.
The next heat saw current ASC champion Raditya Rondi from Kuta take his first heat win in the last three tries. He ably demonstrated that his previous performances were mere flukes by jumping into the lead with his first wave and continuing to blast turn after turn, getting his board vertical on his backhand at each opportunity. Rondi and fellow goofyfooter Mustofa Jeksen both advance, while young Padma Boy Raju Sena was third and ASC President Tipi Jabrik fourth.
Tipi had a near death accident a couple of months ago and this was his first time back in the water. Though he knew he wouldn’t be as fit as usual, he still wanted to be out there and give it a shot. “I didn’t feel very strong for sure, but it was good to be out there. I’m so thankful that I can still surf. This is my first time to surf after the accident, and I wanted to get out and surf a bit before the event to get into shape, but with my family, Mantra, and other stuff I didn’t get time and before you know it…it was time to get here and paddle out!” said Tipi.
First Heat of Day Done
13 of the 16 Round 1 heats were run today, leaving three more to finish up tomorrow. On deck in Heat 14 is Nic Vasicek, Made “Bol” Adi Putra, James Woods, and Mega Artana. Heat 15 will see Kai Hing, Rahtu Suargita, Marlon Gerber and Mark Matthews, and in Heat 16 are Brent Symes, Brent Horner, Nyoman Maika, and IB Sima Rai.
The Komune Bali Pro presented by the Mad Hueys will run from today until Sunday October 12th.
A call will be made at 6:30am tomorrow for a possible 7am start, so get there early and enjoy the action!
The Komune Bali Pro presented by The Mad Hueys offers both ASP QS and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) points to all surfers and has teamed up with Garuda Indonesia as the official airline partner and GoPro as the official camera of the event.
The event will run from October 8 – 12 and will be webcast LIVE via ASPWorldTour.com.