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Kawasaki Jet Ski changes Bali lifeguard dynamic

Made, Luzi and Ipel © Oakley



Water Safety

Oakley, Inc. Donates Kawasaki Jet Ski from Oakley Bali Pro 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 March, 2014 - Kuta-Bali - On Saturday, March 15th in front of the Kuta Beach Lifeguard Headquarters, a 2013 Kawasaki Ultra 300X jet ski that was used in last year’s Oakley Pro Bali ASP World Tour event at Keramas Beach in Gianyar was formally handed over to Bali Lifeguard Department (Balawista) Coordinator Mr. Ketut Ipel. 
“For us here at the lifeguard department this is very extraordinary, to receive equipment like this that is new and very sophisticated from Oakley, for the service of our community,” said Ipel. “On behalf of the Lifeguard Department and the Badung Government, we say thank you very much to Oakley.  Hopefully we can continue to work together for all our success here in Bali and in Indonesia.  Thanks again Oakley!” he added.
The Kawasaki jet ski is a state of the art watercraft with a supercharged, intercooled four-stroke engine that produces some 300 horsepower with a retail price in the USA of around $20,000 USD, and would cost much more when imported into Indonesia. 
Two of these Kawasaki jet ski’s were used at last year’s Oakley Pro Bali World Tour event in Keramas from June 18-29, where the world’s top 34 professional surfers and two wildcards, one of which was Indonesia’s Oney Anwar, competed in Stop 5 (of 10) of the 2013 ASP World Tour.  
"Oakley is grateful for the generous hospitality of Bali. The local support truly made a great impact in the overall success of the Oakley Pro Bali (OPB),” said Pat McIlvain, VP of Global Sports Marketing at Oakley. “The local Balawista in particular played an integral role in the safe execution of the event. As an additional way of saying thank you, the brand has donated one of the OPB Jet Ski’s to the Balinese lifeguards. We hope that it helps them to apply their expertise with speed and precision to keep the Balinese coastline safe.”
Paperwork issues complicated and delayed the process of handing over the jet ski, but finally on Saturday, Luzi Sanjaya (representing Oakley), Ketut Ipel (Balawista Badung Coordinator), and Made Sujana (Equipment Safety Manager) met at the lifeguard headquarters at Kuta Beach to formally sign the documents that allowed the official transfer to be completed.
“Since the jet ski has been in storage for awhile, our first step will be to check it and do some simple maintenance, then it will be put into use,” said Made Sujana.  He added,  “We’re excited to have such a nice ski, and we all look forward to being able to use it!”
The jetski will be used by the lifeguards for rescue purposes, training exercises, and for safety assistance during surfing and other water sport competitions in Bali.

Tim Hain

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