15 April 2022-Kuta, Bali: The Asian Surfing Cooperative (ASC) and Persatuan Selancar Ombak Indonesia (PSOI) are excited to announce the official beginning of the second season of Liga Surfing Indonesia (LSI), Asia’s first national surfing league, coming up this weekend from 16-17 April. 17 clubs from across Indonesia, from West Java to Rote Island, have registered and will start the 2022 season by running their first of 5 club events that ultimately lead to the LSI Grand Finals, planned for 11-13 September.
The Liga Surfing Indonesia brings together Indonesia’s top surf clubs in a yearly competition series directed at creating a sustainable pathway of surfing development, starting with boys and girls 10 years and younger, then Junior and Open men and women (16 to 35), and Masters (over 35 years in age), professionally organized and managed in line with established industry rules and codes of conduct. Each club runs 5 individual events to determine the rankings in each division, and the top four ranked surfers in each division are eligible to compete in the Grand Final against the other club’s top ranked surfers. The Live Heats online competition program is used by the clubs for scoring the surfers and determining rankings.
The Women of Halfway Kuta Boardriders
The inaugural 2021 season saw 15 clubs joining the LSI, and after a COVID-challenged season that caused the delay of the Grand Final until March of 2022, a total of 197 surfers from as far away as West Java and Sumbawa came to Bali with their top 4 ranked surfers in each division to compete for the LSI’s Number 1 ranking position and win cash, trophies and prizes in this first-ever Indonesian surfing league national final.
2021 LSI Club Champions – Halfway Kuta Boardriders
ASC President and PSOI Secretary General Tipi Jabrik is looking forward to building on the success of the first year of LSI. “ LSI 2021 was very challenging due to the situation with COVID, but with the amazing support of the clubs, sponsors, PSOI, and our great ASC team, we managed to put it all together and have a fantastic Grand Final at Kuta Beach this last March, so a big thanks to all” he stated. “We have added up a few new clubs now, so we are excited about the interest in the growth of surfing in Indonesia. For 2022, we are trying to get more support from the government, tourism and youth and sports particularly, as surfing is a great medium for growth of tourism, the economy, and national pride as a growing sport in Indonesia. This development is all about having more surfers like Rio Waida representing Indonesia in the Olympics and other big international events…and this is the platform that will make it happen. We’re fortunate this year to have East Ventures believing in us and helping us to reach our goals, and we hope this will attract more corporate entities to support surfing as well. With more support, surfing in Indonesia can grow and provide a big economic impact to all that are associated with it,” added Jabrik.
Indonesia’s Olympic Surfer Rio Waida
Here are the winners of the Liga Surfing Indonesia Grand Final 2021 that took place from 11-13 March 2022 at Kuta Beach:
Gede Darma Wisesa (Legian, Bali)
Gilang Edwar (Batu Karas, West Java)
Dhea Natasya (Kuta, Bali)
Dhany Widianto (Kuta, Bali)
Dedi Santoso (Kuta, Bali)
Halfway Kuta Boardriders (Kuta, Bali)
2008 Asian Beach Games Gold Medalist and Indonesian Surfing Champion Dede Suryana from West Java – LSI Masters 2nd Place
And here is the 2022 LSI Schedule (not all clubs will do events on exactly these dates)
LSI #1: 16-17 April
LSI #2: 7-8 May
LSI #3: 4-5 June
LSI #4: 2-3 July
LSI #4: 13-14 August
LSI Final: 9-11 September
Liga Surfing Indonesia Grand Final Awarding at Kuta Beach
2022 LSI Club Listing
- Lembongan Surf Team (Nusa Lembongan) – @lembongansurfteam
- Pererenan Surfing Club (Bali) – @pererenansurfingclub
- Legian Boardriders Club (Bali) – @legianboardridersclub
- Carita Surfing Club (Banten) @caritasurfingclub (new)
- Denpasar Boardriders (Bali) @psoi_denpasar
- Halfway Kuta Boardriders (Bali)-@halfwaykutaboardriders
- Senggigi Boardriders (Lombok) – @s3gboardriders
- Bingin Boardriders (Bali) – @binginboardriders
- West Sumbawa Surf Club (Sumbawa) – @west_sumbawa_surf_club
- Lakey Peak Boardriders (Sumbawa) – @lakeypeak.boardriders
- Rote Island Surf Community (Rote NTT) – @risc_ntt(new)
- Uluwatu Boardriders (Bali) – @uluwatu.boardriders
- Batukaras Surf Club (West Java) – @batukarassurfclub
- Mandalika Surf Club (Lombok) – @mandalika_surfclub
- Medewi Boardriders (Bali) – @medewiboardriders
- Tukik Anyer Surf & Sailing (Banten) -@tukikanyersurfnsail (new)
- Pangandaran Batu Mandi Surfing Club (West Java) – @pbmsc_ (new)
Please follow the Liga Surfing Indonesia on Instagram at @ligasurfingindonesia and the Asian Surf Cooperative at @asiansurfco
If you are interested in supporting the Liga Surfing Indonesia, please contact Nadia Masruroh for more information, or if you want to support any club directly please contact them via their Instagram.
The Liga Surfing Indonesia is sanctioned by the PSOI (Persatuan Selancar Ombok Indonesia), managed by the ASC (Asian Surf Cooperative), and supported by East Ventures, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry (Kemenpar), Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemempora), National Sports Committee (KONI), and 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.
About the Asian Surfing Cooperative
The Asian Surf Cooperative is a professional surfing organization with 16 years of experience in the organizing, managing and supporting surfing events around the Asian region, from local boardriders club competitions to WSL World Championship Tour events.
The Asian Surf Cooperative provides event management, live scoring, ISA certified judges, contest directors, digital photography and videography, event media packages, rankings, media coverage and distribution, and also assists the ISA in organizing Surf and SUP Instructor and International Judging courses.
From local grassroots boardriders and grommet (junior) events to specialty and World Surf League events, the ASC’s purpose and goal remains the same: To grow the sport of surfing in the Asian region by offering reliable and consistent resources and assistance to both small and large organizations who are helping to make Asia’s surfing athlete’s dreams come true.