The REnext Asian Surfing Tour 2018, which was recently held between May 2 and 5, at Kuta Beach Bali, Indonesia mounted its first stop and featured some of the Asia-Pacific region’s top surfers. In this light, some of La Union’s finest and Siargao’s longboard sisters, together with the lady slider from Lanuza represented the three stars and the sun and put up a more than valiant effort to try and notch the event’s top prizes. Surfers from La Union Marven Abat, Jefferson Dela Torre, Jay-R Esquivel, Daisy Valdez together with Ikit and Aping Agudo from Siargao and Debie Gumanoy from Lanuza were the proud Filipino and Filipinas who left it all out in the famed Kuta Beach and gave it their all.
However, at the end of the day, it was the crowd favorites who made the surf spectators gleefully roar unlike any other. Indonesians Oney Anwar and Rio Waida who went head-to-head in the Men’s Shortboard Division and it was the latter who came home with a scene-stealing “W” in such a clutch fashion.
Over the Women’s Shortboard Division, surfer from Barbados Chelsea Tuach bested local surfer from Kuta Beach Dhea Natasya. For the Men’s Longboard event, it was yet another jaw-dropper kind of sight as local from Batu Karas virtually put on a clinic on how the longboard should truly be ridden and it was Arip “Mencos” Nurhudayat who battled toe to toe against his fellow Batu Karas logger Deni Firdaus who brought the house down.
The Women’s Longboard also made some heart stopping show as our very own Aping Agudo from Siargao and Daisy Valdez from La Union made it to the top spot and battled it out for RAST Bali’s Women’s Longboard title.
According to REnext Asian Surfing Tour, the main objective is to fortify not only China’s local surfing firmament, but also the said country’s relationship to the rest of the global surfing scene. From Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and many more, wave-hungry beachcombers are invited to participate in the non-profit organization’s exciting surfing competitions.
They take pride in being known as the “Asia’s first platform dedicated to helping extreme sportsmen and independent athletes to realize their dreams”. For this leg, nine competing countries which also includes Australia, Japan, Russia, and USA, brought a total of 105 competitors under a four-day competition that was viewed by at least 17 million viewers in China alone, thanks to the Zhibo platform.
It seems that the REnext Asian Tour is just getting started as its gears for its next stops in Thailand (July), Japan (September), and the grand finale which will be in China (November).
Photos courtesy of Tim Hain and Mike Eijansantos
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