Asian Surfing Tour Grade 1 - Junior
31 August 2014
Young surfers travel the world to compete in Bali
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 September, 2014 - It was a picture perfect Sunday at Halfways, Kuta Beach for the 3rd event of the Billabong and Surfer Girl Grommet Attack series, with bright sunshine and consistent 2-3 foot glassy waves offering up the ideal conditions for the nearly 100 strong contingent of groms ranging from 6 - 16 years old.
But although this event is all about the groms getting together and having a blast on the beach with their friends, there is also the element of competition and so there are winners.
Rio Waida, who just returned from competing in Japan, took out yesterday’s highly competitive Under 16 Boys Division. “I started out in the Finals feeling very confident, but for the first 15 minutes I couldn’t even catch a wave. Luckily, two good ones came my way with just a few minutes to go and I got the scores I needed.” Raju Sena is the current rankings leader and finished in third spot.
Billabong team rider Kian Martin added a second consecutive win to his already impressive competition record in the Under 12 Boys, putting himself into a head-to-head battle with Kuta Beach local Dhani Widianto for the overall championship in the final event. Dhani is just 350 points ahead, so it will be a dramatic final down the home stretch.
The Under 16 Girls win was taken by Australia’s Kiani Dobbyn, a Billabong team rider from Queensland Australia. “I’ve competed against Cinta and Dhea before and it’s not easy to beat them. I’m so glad I can take this trophy home and show my sponsor,” she said with a huge smile. Dhea is the current points leader with Cinta 1,350 points behind in second spot.
Kaini Dobbyn © Tim Hain
The exciting and highly entertaining Pushing Division was definitely a crowd favorite, with heaps of claps and cheers for the micro groms out attacking the waves with varying levels of seriousness and good humor. At the end of the day, it was tiny Kai Steenburgen taking the win off his bigger cousin Adrian, last event’s winner.
“It’s so great to see how high the level of surfing is with this generation of young groms, and how much it has improved in a short time. I hope to see this continue and more surfing brands jumping in doing similar events,” ASC Head Judge Wayan Pica who presided over the judging panel said after the event.
The Billabong Surfer Girl Grommet Attack is sponsored by Billabong, Surfer Girl, Made’s Warung, Dylan Surfboards, Halfway Kuta Boardriders, and sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships.
Under 16 Boys
1) Rio Waida (51.6 pts)
2) Ketut Agus (40.2 pts)
3) Raju Sena (35.8 pts)
4) Mega Artana (30.2 pts)
Under 16 Girls
1) Kaini Dobbyn (37.5 pts)
2) Dhea Natasya (34.9 pts)
3) Cinta Hansel (28.8 pts)
4) Bella (17.5 pts)
Under 12 Boys
1) Kian Martin (37.6 pts)
2) Dhany Widianto (35.0 pts)
3) Tensi Isshi (34.0 pts)
4) Shu Kamiyasa (33.4 pts)
1) Kai Steenburgen (41.5 pts)
2) Adrian Steenburgen (37.3 pts)
3) Regina Sunestra (23.8 pts)
4) Westin Hirst (16.5 pts)