Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia - The first of the three-part Billabong Bloodlines Series – Bali 2017 kicked off last Sunday, 16 July, at Halfway Kuta Beach. The day started slightly overcast, but came noon, the sun got out from behind the clouds and offshore winds brought in super fun and consistent waves to greet our enthusiastic grommets.
Before commencing the days’ worth of activities, as always, we officiated the series by doing a 20minute beach clean-up with the grommets. As surfers, we are Guardians of the ocean; and the purpose of this activity is to ensure that we continually educate our grommets on the importance of protecting the places we play.
First up on the competition front was the Push-in Division. And boy did those pint-sized shredders aged 10 and under pull out all the stops to further demonstrate that they are indeed the future of Indonesian surfing. The 14 & Under Boys Division did not fall short either, displaying exemplary surf techniques from the hot bed of talent.
Before kicking off the Final rounds, we took a quick break for lunch provided by Made’s Warung, and hosted another 30minutes of fun games – from a gunny sack race, to a race to see who can put in the most balls into a basket – with our grommets.
In the final rounds of the 14 & Under Division, it was a very close battle between I Made Deva, I Made Dera, Bronson Meidy, and Varun Tandjung; with the former ultimately making it onto the podium with a 12.07 point finish. And over on the 16 & Under Girls Division, pristine surf conditions allowed all competitors to display an onslaught of big cutbacks and vertical top to bottom surfing. Dhea Natasha took home the gold for the first leg of the series, with Taina coming in a close second.
The Boys 16 & Under Final was the last heat of the day. Ketut Agus and Ryuki Waida from the Padma Boys Boardriders surfed amazingly throughout, but found it hard to get clean waves with the tricky beach break conditions. In the end, it was Dhany Widianto from Halfway Boardriders who impressed the judges most with his amazing airs and power hacks. Another notable mention goes out to Tenshi Ishi, who also showed some great all-round power surfing.
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Billabong Bloodlines Series – Bali 2017 is proudly supported by
the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), Halfway Kuta Boardriders, Padma Boardriders, Pererenan Surfing Club, FCS, Made’s Warung, Surftime Magazine, Nixon, Malaria House, Channel Islands Surfboards, and Pondok Pitaya Hotel.