21 February, 2022 – Kuta, Bali: The Asian Surf Cooperative (ASC) and Persatuan Selancar Ombak Indonesia (PSOI) together with sponsors Vans Indonesia, East Ventures, Bintang, Mamaka and Earth Island are excited to announce that this year’s Liga Surfing Indonesia Grand Final 2021, which will be held at Halfways, Kuta Beach in Bali from 10-13 March.
This inaugural and historic first-ever national boardrider’s league event Grand Final in Asia will see the top 4 ranked surfers from the rosters of the 15 Liga Surfing Indonesia clubs gather at Kuta Beach to compete for individual and team cash, prizes and trophies, with a total of 240 surfers who are eligible to join the competition in the following divisions: Under 10, Junior Boys, Open Women, Open Men, and Masters.
The majority of the clubs are based within Bali, from such familiar places as Uluwatu, Kuta, Legian, Sanur and Canggu to name a few, but there are also member clubs from West Java, Sumbawa, and Lombok who will be participating in the LSI Final. At last count there were almost 1,000 members signed up within the 15 surf clubs, making a great start to the first year of the LSI.
To earn their places in the Final, each club had a requirement to run 5 events, beginning in May of 2021, which would then determine the top 4 surfers in each division who would be eligible to compete in the Final. Due to COVID restrictions there were some delays along the way but finally all clubs achieved the goal and the Final could be scheduled.
“It’s been a big challenge for us but we’re very excited to have these great clubs and these great sponsors that helped us make this LSI Grand Final possible,” said ASC’s Tipi Jabrik. “This surfing league that we have created is super important to the development of surfing here in Indonesia, and we are looking forward to sharing it with the Indonesian audience.”
Chris Friend, the co-creator of the LiveHeats scoring and management system used by the clubs has been very supportive of the ASC and the PSOI’s efforts to create and launch the LSI. “Club surfing is the fabric of surfing,” says Friend, so to see the club movement really take off within Indonesia is hugely exciting. We are stoked to be a part of it and look forward to supporting clubs to grow first in Indonesia and then all over the Asian region.”
Indonesia’s first Olympian surfer Rio Waida grew up in the Legian Boardriders Club (previously called the Padma Boys), so he knows the value of the club system first hand. “I first joined the Padma Boys when I was just 10 years old, and I’m 22 now,” said Waida. “In the beginning it was just hanging out at the beach learning to surf, then it was about learning to compete in club and other grom events, all the way until now where I’m competing in ISA events and the Olympics, QS and Challenger events, and soon on the WSL Championship Tour I hope. Being in a club like the Legian Boardriders is having a special family, one that is all about surfing and supporting each other, having fun but being serious also, learning from those more experienced and then passing your experience to those that are just learning. It’s so great to be part of this, and I’m really looking forward to all of the clubs getting together at Kuta Beach soon for the LSI Grand Final.”
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The Liga Surfing Indonesia is sanctioned by the PSOI (Persatuan Selancar Ombak Indonesia), operated by the ASC (Asian Surf Cooperative), sponsored by Vans Indonesia, East Ventures, Bintang, Mamaka and Earth Island, support for LiveHeats from Billabong, Quiksilver, and Rip Curl, and supported by the Indonesian Tourism Ministry (Kemenpar), Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemempora), National Sports Committee of Indonesia(KONI), and the Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI)
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About the Liga Surfing Indonesia
The focus of the LSI is on providing Indonesia’s current and future boardriders clubs with the opportunity to be part of a system that will result in them playing a key role in the development of surfing talent, growing the surf industry, and growing surfing tourism in Indonesia. Having them to fund and organize several of their own surfing events each year has them acting as a business entity, event organizer and media creator in addition to the development and nurturing of the surfing talent in their community.
If you are interested in supporting any of these clubs and/or the LSI, send us a message and we’ll help to connect you.
Liga Surfing Indonesia 2021 Club Members
1. Halfway Kuta Boardriders
2. Bingin Boardriders
3. Uluwatu Boardriders
4. Legian Boardriders
5. West Sumbawa
6. Sanur Surfing Club
7. Pererenan Surfing Club
8. Canggu Boardriders
9. Sukabumi Surfing Association
10. Lembongan Surf Team
11. Medewi Boardriders
· https://www.liveheats.com/ medewiboardriders
12. Mandalika Boardriders
13. Lakey Boardriders
14. Batukaras Surf Club
15. Senggigi Boardriders