Kuta's Pepen Hendrik is a veteran pro in a country new to professional surfing
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 February, 2017 - The local Kuta boy was introduced to surfing quite late. He started around the age of 14 at Kuta Reef, finding his true passion in the sport he never stopped. Throughout the years he has developed his own unique stance and style, and has brought to Rip Curl Indonesia a lengthy history of great contest results.
"Pepen Hendrik is one of the most powerful surfers in Indonesia, charges on every wave he catches and is given priority at every spot he's at," says Rip Curl Indonesia. "We started sponsoring him around 20 years ago, when he was only a 17 year old teenager with remarkable talent In surfing. It has been fascinating watching him charge and rip more and more each year."
In Indonesia Hendrik is respected in and out of the water and is given priority of most waves.
The Natural Footer generally rides 5'9, 5'10 and 6'0 boards, primarily shaped by Nobuo Sato. During a big swell you'll find him charging the biggest set waves at Padang Padang and Keramas.