16 June 2012, Cimaja-West Java: Bright sunshine, perfectly pumping waves, and the best surfers in South East Asia putting it all on the line in the race to the final on Day 3 of the Quiksilver Open West Java; it was a day of close calls, upsets, and high scoring maneuvers that had the fans on the beach screaming and cheering in every heat of Rounds 3 and 4.
Top ranked Lee Wilson went to work in the perfectly formed glassy waves and put on an exciting performance start off the day, winning his heat. Next up was Marlon Gerber, who only took three waves during his 20 minutes but one was an almost perfect 9-point wave (out of a possible 10).
Heat 3 of Round 3 was by far the most exciting heat of the day, as the barrel machine at Cimaja turned on for Quiksilver’s Dede Suryana and his 15 year old protégé Deden Sutendi. Both surfers pulled into multiple barrels and came out slashing and turning, with Suryana nabbing a perfect 10-point wave (to add to his 8.5) to get the day’s highest single wave score as well the day’s highest heat score of 19 points out of 20. Young Deden surfed like a champion as well, slotting into barrels and mimicking Suryana’s powerful turns.
After the heat Suryana was grinning, saying “It was like good team work out there wasn’t it? Deden and I were getting so many good waves and keeping the lineup busy. For sure our local knowledge helped us with wave selection, as its not always easy to know which of the waves will give you an open barrel. It was great fun being out there with Deden, and I love it when Cimaja turns on like this!”
By the time Round 4 rolled around, the wind had come up and was slightly onshore, making it a bit more of a challenge for especially the goofyfooters. In the man-on-man round (only two surfers competing), heat times were extended to 25 minutes, but conditions remained good to very good til the completion of the round.
In Round 4 action, Lee Wilson defeated Agus Frimanto in a blow for blow battle; Dede Suryana continued his stellar performance by racking up another set of high scores, a 9.0 and an 8.4 to take down Wayan Susiana, and local Asep Pahruroji advancing over Rahtu Suargita. Pepen Hendrik narrowly got the better of Tipi Jabrik, Made Widiarta fell to Marlon Gerber, Putra Hermawan bested Soma Warsoma, and Putu Anggara advanced over local Sandi Selamet.
The final heat of Round 4 topped off the long list of highlights of the day, with Bali’s Mustofa Jeksen just saving his lead in the dying moments against a charging young Deden Sutendi. “That was a close one,” said Jeksen during his post heat interview. “After the first 15 minutes I only had a couple of scores in the 5 and 6 range, and I knew from watching Deden earlier that wasn’t enough, so I was in a dangerous position. I kept trying to get a really good wave and go hard but I fell a few times, so was not comfortable at all. Then with I think only around a minute left I scored that 8, and felt like I could hold the lead and win. I felt pretty lucky. Deden has a great future as a pro surfer for sure, and even now surfs beyond his years.”
MC Lorca Lueras was also impressed, saying “Deden was behind but then kept getting the scores he needed right up until the end, giving Mus a great battle. It was a super finish to a day full of the best surfing action you could ever hope to be watching here in South East Asia.”
The action promises to be riveting tomorrow as it will be the final day where the top surfers in Asia compete for their share of the Rp 70 million ($7,500 USD) in prize money and valuable Coca-Cola ISC and ASC championship points.
The quarterfinalists of the Men’s Open Division were told to be standing by on the beach for another 7 am start. The quarterfinal man-on-man lineup is:
Quarterfinal 1: Lee Wilson vs Dede Suryana
Quarterfinal 2: Asep Pahruroji vs Pepen Hendrik
Quarterfinal 3: Marlon Gerber vs Putra Hermawan
Quarterfinal 4: Putu Anggara vs Mustofa Jeksen
The finals of the Women’s Division, Master’s Division, and Longboard Division will be run just after the 2nd Men’s semifinal.
Please follow along with us here at the Quiksilver Open West Java 2012 on-line atwww.isctour.com/events/quikwestjava and on Facebook at both ISC and Quiksilver Indonesia, with up-to-the-minute heat scores and results during the day, then press releases, photos, and video highlights after the day’s competition has ended.
The Quiksilver Open West Java 2012 is sponsored by Quiksilver Indonesia and the Government of West Java, supported by Jim Beam, BII, Planet Surf, Augusta Hotel, Desa Resort, Rolling Stone Café, and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, with media support from Juice, Trax, FHM, Fitness For Men, Surfersvillage.com, Alam TV Bali, SurfTime, Magic Wave, Baliwaves.com, Balibelly.tv, Lines, RVM, and the Outdoor Channel, and assisted in the Coca-Cola ISC “Go Green” program by GUS, the ROLE Foundation, and Climate Wave.
Words and Photo by Coca-Cola ISC Tours