PADMA BEACH, BALI – The second event of the three-part Billabong Bloodlines Series – Bali 2017 took place bright and early on Padma Beach, 27 August 2017, in classic Bali beach-break conditions, providing perfect left and rights throughout the day.
The event quickly got under way with the Push In division competitors being the first surfers in the water, followed by the Under 14 Boys, Under 16 Boys and finally the Under 16 Girls to round out the opening rounds. As always, there was a brief break in the action to make way for the beach games, where competitors and spectators challenged each other in potato sack races and also military-style games with bags full of Billabong prizes handed to the winners after.
As the level of surfing in Indonesia continues to impress, it’s no surprise that the entire event produced incredible displays of surfing across all divisions. Our guest commentator and Billabong Team rider, Tai Graham, proclaimed that even he would have a hard time against these grommets.
In the Under 16 Girls Finals, Australian natives Carly Shanahan and Charli Hurst were up against two of Bali’s finest: Dhea Natasya and Taina Izquerdo. At the sound of the horn, it was newcomer Carly Shanahan who took the win over Dhea, with Taina and Charli coming in 3rd and 4th respectively.
On to the Under 14 Boys, Bonson Meidy sure looked like the man to beat if his Semi-Final display was anything to go by. Bronson Meidy sure looked like the man to beat! Bronson had the days highest single wave score of 9.33 in the first round of the Semi Final, though unfortunately the boy from Lakey Peak could not find the best two waves in his last heat. Surfing in his first Billabong Bloodlines Series Final, it was Kona Eru who took the win from Made Joi who ultimately ranked 2nd, with Made Dera finishing up in 3rd, and Bronson taking the 4th spot on the podium.
It was a mere 0.76 points that separated the first and second placing in the hotly contested Under 16 Boys Finals, which saw Ryuki Waida (the younger brother of Rio, and the recent Winner of the WQS 1000 at Pacitan) narrowly edged out 2016 Grommet Attack Series winner Danny Widianto. Kuta’s Ketut Agus claimed 3rd despite injuring himself in the Finals, and Tenshi Ishii rounded out at 4th place.
As the afternoon drew to a close, the event finished off with a crowd favourite: the Push In Division Final. With competitor’s families and sunset seekers lining the sand, Made Balon put on a performance to remember, including a single wave score of 8.43 to edge out Series 1 champ Natan Bontje who secured 2nd, Lidia Kato in 3rd and Sinar Tandjung in 4th place.
With the Final leg of the competition creeping ‘round the corner (10 September 2017, at Pererenan, Canggu), we are thrilled to announce a record number of competitors still in the equation to take the overall title across all four divisions, which will make for an exciting finish to what has been an amazing series!
The Final stop of Billabong Bloodlines – Bali 2017 Series will take place this coming 10 September 2017 on Pererenan Beach, where the overall champion of the series will be crowned, along with being awarded the following prizes from our kind sponsors: Sun Zapper, FCS, Nixon, Channel Islands Surfboards, and Pondok Pitaya Hotel.
Billabong Bloodlines Series – Bali 2017 is proudly supported by the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), Halfway Kuta Boardriders, Padma Boys, Pererenan Surfing Club, FCS, Made’s Warung, Sun Zapper, Surftime Magazine, Nixon, Malaria House, Channel Islands Surfboards, and Pondok Pitaya Hotel.