Oakley Pro 2012 at Canggu Bali Kicks off with First Two Rounds Completed – Dede Suryana Boosts 360 Air for Top Score of the Day

1 April 2012, Canggu-Bali:  West Java’s Dede Suryana wasn’t doing any April Fooling today as he punctuated his Round 2 heat win by posting the day’s top single wave score of 9.25 (out of a possible 10 points) with an impressive 360 aerial, and coming back to the beach with the day’s top total heat score of 17.00 (out of a possible 20) points.

“The waves were so fun out there,” said Suryana after his heat.  “The wind was coming up a bit side shore so it gave me chance to hit that ramp and give it try.  I’m glad the judges liked it!  Looking forward to tomorrow so I can get some more great waves as I hear the swell is supposed to be getting bigger.”  Tomorrow Suryana will be matched up against two-time Coca-Cola ISC champ Lee Wilson, Made “Bol” Adi Putra, and Yudi Andika in Heat 7 of Round 3.

The Oakley Pro 2012 is the first stop of the 2012 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship tour season, and is a dual sanctioned event with the Asian Surfing Championship Tour.  Canggu is one of the most popular and high performance waves on the island of Bali, with many of the world’s best surfers regularly visiting for photo and video shoots, and just to enjoy the Bali vibe and superb waves on offer.

Another highlight from the day was goofy footer Husain Areef from the Maldives winning both his Round 1 and Round 2 heats to secure a spot in Round 3, where he will take on current Coca-Cola ISC champion Marlon Gerber, Mustofa Jeksen, and Kadek Murtika in Heat 1.

“I’m surprised but very happy to have gotten through my heats, “said Areef.  “There are so many good surfers here and most of them from Bali, so I really didn’t know if I could make it through.  I’ve only ever surfed the wave here for the last two days, so I don’t have much experience. I’m so happy I made it through so I can surf again tomorrow.”  Arref came to Bali with his brother Abdulla, who unfortunately didn’t make it through his first heat, coming in third place.

The waves conditions were good to excellent during the day, with consistent and glassy 3 foot (1 meter) surf for the 7:30 am start, then becoming a little wind affected from about 10:30 until the end of Round 2 at 1:30 pm.  The swell forecasters are predicting a steady increase in swell over the next several days, so it is possible that the event will be able to finish during the first week of the two week waiting period that ends on April 14th.

But it wasn’t just about surfing today at Canggu Beach, as today representatives from Oakley Indonesia, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, the Coca-Cola ISC, the Role Foundation, and the Pererenan and Canggu Surf Clubs joined together in a tree planting project as part of the on-going efforts of the Coca-Cola ISC, Oakley and the Role Foundation to reduce the carbon footprint of CC-ISC events and improve the ecosystems of Indonesia’s beaches.

30 trees were planted at various locations around the beach, directed by the heads of the local surf clubs and spearheaded by the Role Foundation.  It is hoped that projects such as these will set an example to other companies and institutions in Bali and other parts of Indonesia and encourage them to take action in preserving the environment.  For more information check out www.rolefoundation.org.

The Oakley Pro 2012 will continue tomorrow morning with a 7:30 am start of Round 3, with more exciting action as the top seeds of the Coca-Cola ISC Tour take on the surfers that advanced from Rounds 1 and 2 today, so you’ll be seeing Indonesia’s best surfers going mental as they start on their mission to be the next Coca-Cola ISC champion.

To stay on top of all the action going down at the Oakley Pro 2012, check out www.isctour.com for video’s, photos and more, and on Facebook look up Indonesian Surfing Championship (ISC).

 

The Oakley Pro 2012 presented by San Miguel Light is a 6-star dual sanctioned Coca-Cola ISC and ASC event, and is sponsored/supported by PowerAde, New Era, Cocoon, the Beat, and Indosurflife.com.

The Coca-Cola ISC Tour is sponsored by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, with media support by Surfersvillage.com, Baliwaves.com, Balibelly.com, Lines Magazine, SurfTime Magazine, Magic Wave, Alam TV Bali, the Outdoor Channel, and RVM.

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About the Coca-Coca Cola ISC

The Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships is the sanctioning body for professional surfing in Indonesia.  The ISC was established in 2004 to provide surfing athletes with a consistent, legitimate, and respected forum where they can compete and measure themselves against their peers, a stepping-stone towards their ultimate goal of becoming a professional surfer at the international level

With the support of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, through organized surfing competitions, the Coca-Cola ISC seeks to grow the awareness of the sport of surfing in Indonesia and throughout the Asian region for the benefit of the surfers, their community, their environment, their nation and the surfing industry.  Find out more at www.istour.com

About the ASC

The Asian Surfing Championships began in 2011 with the mission of growing the sport of surfing in South East Asia from the grassroots level by assisting each country in organizing professional surfing events that will develop the skills of their surfers in healthy competition as well as to draw attention to their area for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the SEA area.

Organized surfing competitions have historically been the best medium for the development of surfers and for the sport of surfing, where learning how to compete fairly and to being disciplined in training and competition are key skills needed not only for surfing but also for life.

The ASC works with the local, national and multinational event sponsors and organizers to maximize the results of these competitive surfing events towards accomplishing the goals of sharing the sport of surfing and bringing positive economic, social, and environmental benefits to the people in these South East Asian countries.  See more at http://asiansurfingtour.com

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