IN flawless 4-5 foot barreling Lance’s Right, Sumbawa’s Oney Anwer bested Bali’s Garut Widiarta to claim victory in the Final of the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl and receive the winner’s check for Rp 25 million (approximately $2,500 USD) and a specially carved Mentawai boatsman’s paddle as a unique souvenir to take home.
Lance’s Right is known to be an extremely challenging wave for a backhand surfer, especially for long barrels rides, but Widiarta was up to the task, scoring several nice barrels and the highest single wave scores of the day in his semifinal heat, a 9.5 out of a possible 10 points. When asked if he felt like the underdog in the final being a goofyfooter he replied, “I heard a lot of talk about how it was going to be a disadvantage for the goofies out at Lance’s Right, but I felt like it was really good for me as a goofy going backside, especially when the tide gets low, you can really wind up and do some big hacks.”
And about the event as a whole?
“We’ve spent the last seven days on the island and every day has just been perfect waves and nothing but fun. Well done to all the surfers, judges, event staff, and especially the locals here at Lance’s Right,” he said with a big smile.
The 2013 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl was the first-ever Premium Grade Asian Surfing Championship event, and the first event of the 2013 tour season, with the top 16 ranked ASC surfers competing against 8 international invitees. A perfect start to the season in the world’s surfing Mecca of the Mentawai Islands, this event has truly set the benchmark for quality waves in exotic locations.
Rip Curl SEA CEO Jeff Anderson had this to say about the event, “We could have chosen different waves to surf in the Mentawais, but given the opportunity to take the best right hander, with the support of the surfers, the government, and the ASC, we are putting Lance’s Right back on the map. The barrels are world class and it’s a dream wave for any surfer that can ride a barrel, and it’s been the best contest I’ve been to in my life…I don’t know how it could get any better than this!”
In addition to all the great surfing action that went down over the last three days out in the water, the Rip Curl crew has also been busy in the village of Katiet with some important Corporate Social Responsibility projects that will have a lasting importance way beyond just putting on a surfing competition.
Rip Curl, in partnership with the Mentawai government, is supporting three separate social development projects in the village of Katiet, on Sipora Island in the Mentawais. The first project is a donation of school supplies and toilets to the Katiet Elementary School. The second is a 30 million IDR donation to A Liquid Future, an NGO in Katiet run by Elizabeth Murray. A Liquid Future provides free English classes for local children, as well as surf and swimming lessons, and art classes.
Finally, Rip Curl is providing technical support and materials, in conjunction with A Liquid Future, to start a ding repair workshop in Katiet, owned and operated by the local villagers. Rip Curl has donated 5 million IDR worth of surfboard repair materials, including resin and fiberglass, and provided training and technical assistance to local villagers. The objective is to develop a sustainable cottage ding repair economy for the locals of Katiet, to repair visiting surfers’ broken boards.
Rip Curl and the ASC would like to thank the crew of the Indies Explorer, the official channel boat of the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl. The Indies Explorer provided excellent angles for the event photographers and video lensmen to capture all the action from the 2013 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl.
Rip Curl would also like to thank the Quest 1, official boat of the Search, for transporting event officials from Padang, Sumatra to Lance’s Right, on Sipora island, Mentawais.
2013 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl final results:
1 - Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 16.00 – Rp. 25 million (approx. $2,500 USD)
2 - Garut Widiarta (Bali) 15.50 - Rp. 15 million (approx. $1,500 USD)
SF1: Garut Widiarta (Bali) 17.50 def. Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa) 15.05
SF2: Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 15.90 def. Tipi Jabrik (Bali) 10.50
QF1: Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa) 12.90 def. Putra Hermawan (Nusa Lembongan) 10.00
QF2: Garut Widiarta (Bali) 13.65 def. Pepen Hendrik (Bali) 6.15
QF3: Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 15.00 def. Marlon Gerber (Bali) 14.60
QF4: Tipi Jabrik (Bali) 15.80 def. Wayan Susiana (Bali) 11.65
On the second day of surfing action at the the Mentawai Pro, the last of the international invitees were eliminated, setting up an all Asian Quarterfinal round and possible finish in what is expected to be the best wave conditions of the event tomorrow.
With a five foot SSW swell at 16 seconds on tap for tomorrow, as predicted by official forecaster: magicseaweed.com, Rip Curl Contest Director James Hendy is optimistic that yesterday’s epic opening day will be eclipsed by tomorrow’s surfing conditions and another memorable barrel fest will ensue, with Asia’s best surfers getting the best waves of their lives here at Lance’s Right in the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Round 3 started off with pumping waves in the early going, but by Heat 3 the long waits and lack of barreling waves put a hold on the competition, which resumed again at 3 pm as the wind had turned the tide began to rise, making for better conditions in which to complete Round 3.
Pepen Hendrik’s deep barrel in Heat 4 against Made Adi Putra got him the highest single wave score of the day, a 9.0 (out of a possible 10 points), and his next highest scoring barrel ride of 7.25 also netted the highest heat score of the day of 16.25 points (out of a possible 20 points). It was in the very next heat that Bali’s Marlon Gerber eliminated the last of the international invitees, Sebastian Smart from the UK, from the competition. Long waits and inconsistent waves made for a challenging heat and relatively low scores for both competitors, and Smart on his backhand found it tough going, after the heat saying, “I had a bit of tough heat out there, as the conditions were changing a lot so I didn’t know what I would get when I was sitting out there. Plus being up against Marlon, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I just went out and hoped I could get a couple fun ones.”
When asked to comment about his overall experience and about the talents of the Asian surfers, he replied, “Even though I didn’t make it past Round 3, this has been so much fun and a great experience for me, so I couldn’t be much happier to be here right now. Before coming I knew some of the top guys like Marlon and Pepen and Garut, but seeing how many really good guys there are here did surprise me. Guys that I’ve never even heard of like Robot (Wayan Susiana) surf so good, its impressive. This has been a fantastic trip and I’m super happy to be here, and I’m glad we have a few days left to enjoy more of this place.”
The vibe in the Losman Ombak this evening is light-hearted, and though it’s down to the final 8 surfers tomorrow everyone is smiling and looking forward to what the morning will bring. “I’m really hoping to get some of the best waves in my life tomorrow,” said Marlon Gerber. “I feel like I haven’t really had the waves I’ve wanted to get yet, even though I’ve gotten some good ones. I’ve made my heats so far and I’m glad about that, but I just want to get some super good barrels tomorrow. Win or lose its getting good waves that really matter!”
Quarterfinal matchups are as follows:
Quarterfinal 1: Putra Hermawan vs Gazali Hamzah
Quarterfinal 2: Made Widiarta vs Pepen Hendrik
Quarterfinal 3: Marlon Gerber vs Oney Anwar
Quarterfinal 4: Wayan Susiana vs Tipi Jabrik
HTs (Lances) served up 4 to 5 foot perfection for the two opening rounds of the 2013 Mentawai Pro on Thursday, April 25. It was what ASC Judge Billy Hangan described as a “perfect day at the office,” the Asian Surfing Championship’s top 16 surfers and the 8 international invitees were treated to a day full of barreling Lance’s Right to start the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl.
The arrival of a new swell had the competitors frothing to get started as the rising sun revealed 4-5 foot sets launching themselves onto the reef and offering up barrel after barrel in the early morning light. Contest Director James Hendy had no hesitation in green lighting the start of the event at just after 8 am. Though there were some periods of rain in the morning and a few quiet times in a couple of the heats, the consensus from competitors and the organizers alike was that “it doesn’t get much better than this!” For a surfing competition, anywhere in the world, it was a competitor’s dream, as the quality of the waves was indeed second to none.
The highlight reel is chock-a-block full, topped by Heat 7 of Round 1, which saw Bali’s Made Darmayasa post a 10 point score for a big and deep barrel, Nusa Lembongan’s Putra Hermawan rack up the highest combined heat score of the day, a 17.60 (out of a possible 20), and 16 year old Sunshine coaster Harry Bryant get one of the best contest waves of his life, scoring a 9.4 (out of a possible 10).
“Having no sleep and throwing up all night, I didn’t know if I could even surf,” said Harry. “But I went out to the boat anyway, and just watching those pumping waves definitely inspired me to get out. It’s funny too because I almost missed my heat, I was so busy watching the waves, but then noticed there were only two guys out, and somebody was calling my name. So I paddled out after 6 minutes had already gone by, and I already needed 14 points, so was combo’d for basically the whole heat.”
He went on to describe the wave, saying, “So when I saw that wave coming I just took off, I didn’t know if it would be a good one or not before I paddled for it, but after I dropped in I just had 100 % confidence that I would get a good score. Getting spat out and hearing the cheers from the crew on the boat, it was the best feeling ever. This is the best experience a surfer could ever get at the age of 16, especially with Rip Curl as my sponsor. Getting to know all the Indonesian crew, and the local guys, I’m so lucky to be here.”
Fellow Aussie Jackson Baker from Newcastle, also 16 years old, was narrowly defeated in the final seconds of his Round 2 heat against 2011 Indonesian Surfing Champion Marlon Gerber from Bali. Baker was leading until the last 30 seconds of the heat, when Gerber under priority needing an 8.1 score, locked into a beautiful tube ride that got him an 8.5 and the heat win.
Baker was still smiling back on the beach, showing off a few battle scars from his Lance’s adventure saying, “Last night I paddled out at almost dark and got a sick one, then tried for a little one and got sucked over the falls and dragged along the reef on my belly, so this morning before my first heat Matt George patched me up. It stung like hell at first, but it I got a couple of ok ones in my heat so I was stoked. In my second heat with Marlon it still hurt but only until I paddled out, and then it felt fine. I just wanted to get as many barrels as I could, and was leading the heat with an 8 and a 6.4, all the way until just 30 seconds to go, and then Marlon got a nugget under his priority so I could do was watch and hope he fell or something. But this was such a good experience at such a great wave, it rates really high especially compared to contests back home.”
Getting the most intense heat of the day award was Heat 4 of Round 2, which saw the ASC’s top ranked surfer Pepen Hendrik up against local wildcard winner Marvius. Marvius got right to work and posted the second highest score of the heat, an 8.25 out of possible 10, to jump into the lead. Hendrik had his work cut out for him, gaining the lead just to have Marvius snatch it away again. Finally Hendrik posted an 8.4 that put him into the lead again, and luckily for him Marvius couldn’t find another deep barrel before time ran out, so the heat ended with Marvius’ two wave total of 15.30 points narrowly short of Hendrik’s final total of 15.90.
In the post heat interview it was revealed that some 10 years ago on a surf trip here to Lance’s Right, Hendrik had given a young grom surfer one of his surfboards…and that grom was Marvius. No wonder Hendrik is such a legend to the locals here!
To sum up the day, ASC Judge Billy Hangan has this to say: “It was a real pleasure to be judging at this comp with waves like this today. From the very first barrel from Kaishu Tanaka in heat 1, through Darmayasa’s 10 pointer in Heat 7 of Round 2 and finishing with the last gasp tube ride from Tipi Jabrik in the final seconds of the day to pip Mega under his priority in Heat 8 of Round 2…Just a perfect day at the office!”
Contest Director James Hendy has the Round 3 contestants on standby for a 7:30 am call Friday. The swell is predicted to drop a bit, but as Mother Nature has her own mind, best that everybody is ready for action at daybreak.
Round 3 matchups are as follows:
Heat 1: Dede Suryana vs Putra Hermawan
Heat 2: Rahtu Suargita vs Gazali Hamzah
Heat 3: Made Widiarta vs Teiki Ballian
Heat 4: Pepen Hendrik vs Made Adi Putra
Heat 5: Marlon Gerber vs Sebastian Smart
Heat 6: Darmaputra Tonjo vs Oney Anwar
Heat 7: Made Darmayasa vs Wayan Susiana
Heat 8: Mustofa Jeksen vs Tipi Jabrik
Wednesday’s lay day saw the surfers supporting local Mentawai schoolchildren with Round 1 of competition likely to start on Thursday.
A crew of contestants, ASC staff, Rip Curl management including CEO Jeff Anderson, James Hendy and Francois Payot, Surftime Magazine Editor Matt George and others took a 20 minute walk from the beach to the local elementary school where they met with the aged 6-12 kids and their teachers, and donated school supplies, stickers, and also four new ceramic toilets that will be installed at the school.
After hanging out and playing some schoolyard games and singing songs with the kids, the crew walked next door to meet with Elizabeth Murray at her project, A Liquid Future, an after school program she founded in Katiet village to help the local kids learn English and learn to surf. The kids got a chance to practice their English with the visitors, and Rip Curl’s Francois Payot and Jeff Anderson gave them a short talk on the importance of learning English for their future.
“Surfing is fun and a great activity,” said Payot. “But for your future you need to learn English. Some of you will travel someday, around Indonesia and outside of Indonesia, and when you do you’ll need to speak English because it is the universal language. I’m French, and so English isn’t my native language either, so I had to learn it, and I can tell you from my experience that it is really important for your future.”
A Liquid Future provides free English classes two times a week for local children in Katiet village. Classes are taught by a team of foreign and Indonesian instuctors. Children also have the oppotunity to go surfing and play other sports and art classes. During their visit, Rip Curl surfers and staff donated a set of English/Indonesian dictionaries to A Liquid Future’s school house. Rip Curl has also commited an initial donation of 30 million IDR to help ensure A Liquid Future can continue its work in the Katiet community.
The swell forecast is calling for an increase in swell on Thursday, which would signal the start of the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl. Wednesday’s late afternoon surf session saw the contestants ripping apart the 3 foot waves at Lance’s Right in preparation for their Round 1 heats.
2013 Mentawai Pro Round 1 matchups:
Heat 1 – Dede Suryana (West Java), Mega Semadhi (Bali), Kaishu Tanaka (Japan)
Heat 2 – Rahtu Suargita (Bali), Soma Warsoma (Bali), Teiki Ballian (France)
Heat 3 – Garut Widiarta (Bali), Wayan Susiana (Bali), Jackson Baker (Australia)
Heat 4 – Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa), Marvius (Mentawai)
Heat 5 – Marlon Gerber (Bali), IB Simarai (Bali), Made Adi Putra (Bali)
Heat 6 – Darmaputra Tonyo (Bali), Devis Ratif (Bali), Sebastian Smart (England)
Heat 7 – Made Darmayasa (Bali), Putra Hermawan (Bali), Harry Bryant (Australia)
Heat 8 – Mustofa Jeksen (Bali), Tipi Jabrik (Bali), Oney Anwar (Sumbawa)
Marvius, a 21-year-old Katiet local, clearly proved himself the worthy wildcard entry for the last remaining spot in the Mentawai Pro. Marvius will go up against No. 1 seed Pepen Hendrik (Bali) and Lakey Peak local Gazali Hamzah in Round 1.
After arriving at the stunningly beautiful tropical seaside village of Katiet in the world famous wave playground of the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia at mid day on Monday, the contestants and support crew of the Asian Surfing Championships and Rip Curl joined the locals and a host of government officials in the official opening ceremony for the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl this afternoon as the waves of Lances Right rolled across the coral reef in the background.
In the opening speech by the Head of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sport for the Mentawai Islands Mrs. Desti Seminora welcomed the contestants and thanked the various dignitaries including the governor of West Sumatra Mr. Irwan Prayitno for attending and supporting this Premium Grade Asian Surfing Championship sanctioned international surfing event, in which Asia’s top 16 professional surfers, 7 special international invitees and one Mentawai local surfer will compete at the world class wave of Lances Right for a total prize purse of $8,000 USD, $2,500 going to the winner.
The Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl will run from today April 22nd until April 28th.
Governor Payitno in his speech described the various tourism attributes and natural resources that are abundant in the Mentawai Islands, while acknowledging that currently the number one tourism draw is definitely surfing. He said to the audience, “When I’ve asked tourists before if they have ever been to West Sumatra theIR usual reply is no.
However, then they say, ‘But I’ve been to the Mentawai’s surfing before!’” This drew a big laugh and round of applause. He continued, “I hope with continuing to support surfing competitions and other tourism efforts we can show the world that we have the best surfing in the world but also diving, culture and many diverse flora and fauna as well.”
After several more speeches it was time for the ceremonial beating of the drum, which all the dignitaries as well as Tipi Jabrik from the Asian Surfing Championships, Rip Curl SE Asia CEO Jeff Anderson and Marketing Manager James Hendy, and Rip Curl International’s François Payot joined in to officially open the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl.
In addition to the opening ceremony, there was a tree planting and a tour of the contest site including the judge tower, where the governor and crew got to watch the surfers get a few waves in before the sunset.
Depending on surf conditions, Tuesday could see the running the local trials, where 20 of the best local surfers from around the Mentawai Islands will compete for the final remaining wildcard spot in the main event. Stay tuned!
An armada of boats packed with Indonesia’s top surfers and a hand-picked crew of international shredders invaded Lance’s Right for the first time after arriving. Check the opening day freesurf!
Despite numerous logistical and technological challanges the guys from Rip Curl are toiling day and night to get the latest updates to us everyday from the paradise that is Lances Right. For those of you that do not know Rip Curl have taken this round of the ASC Indonesian surfing tour to the Mentawais to bring us the best surfers in Indonesia with some carefully picked international wildcards at one of the best waves on the planet, Lances Right.
We will update new content on this page as it appears. Keep checking every day as we have some great conditions forecast that promise amazing free surfing to go with the contest.