Rip Curl GromSearch
Krakal Beach, Java Indonesia
10 - 11 May 2015
Andre Anwar heats up boys while Salini takes girls
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 May, 2015 - Rip Curl Gromsearch #3 unleashed the most talented pool of surfers yet into 6 foot surf off Krakal Beach, Java. With most surfers weighing in well under 45 kilos, the big conditions were challenging to say the least as the 58 fearless competitors jumped into a roaring rip heat after heat to give it their best shot. And why not? When a championship is at stake and a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the international Gromsearch coming up this summer at an out-of-the-country location?
And the field of these Java competitors? As good as it gets in Indonesia, including Pulau Merah’s Ivan Prihandoyo and Her Junior Royal Highness Salini Rangganis from nearby Pacitan, home of Indonesia’s former President SBY. But, not to be outdone, keeping the pressure on were also such hot performers as Sumbawa’s Andre Anwar, and Bali’s Ketut Agus, and Tenshi Ishii, chaperoned by such greats as pro riders Garut Widiarta, Diah Rahayu and powerhouse Pepen Hendrik.
With such inspirational legends as this, the stoke was on!
To the action: The under 12 division, facing the gnarliest conditions of the day, saw the most ferocious attempts against the conditions, with 1st Place Ben Benson applying his Hawaiian experience to pick off the cleanest waves amid the chaos. Varun Tanjung, hot on his heels, used his patented layback to secure 2nd place. Romadhan Fajar, after tremendous punishment in the shorebreak, recovered just enough to soar into 3rd place and Kona Eru, sitting outside waiting for the bombs like a man, found no reward for his patience, but plenty of respect for his approach, and managed courageous 4th place.
But clearly, the Under 12 division favorite was easily little Dilan, a six year old from the Mentawai Islands of Sumatra, who embodied the true spirit of the Gromsearch by taking on the relatively 5 times overhead conditions with the aplomb of a boxing contender. Sure, he was punch drunk and defeated by the end of his heat, but the true measure of a man is not whether he gets knocked down, but whether he gets back up, and little Dilan was seen throwing himself into harm’s way until the last horn sounded.
“Luar Bisa!” The locals cried as he staggered to shore, safe again.
The women. Favorite Cinta Hansel. Current ASC Junior Champion, would have to be satisfied with 3rd. Could it have been jetlag from her recent triumphs in Brazil? Either way she had to stand by as her good friend Salini Rangganis, the pride of Pacitan, swooped to the winner’s podium. But it was a game, but oddly subdued Taina Izqiuerdo who cruised to 3rd, by not turning in the electrifying performance we are used to. And Dhea Natasha had to chalk the final up to observational experience as she just managed to get on the big board for a 4th place finish.
Under 14 men. Tenshi Ishii’s domination continues. An easy first place for the young man who has already been recognized for his unquestioned courage in the big stuff. Simply sniffing at the conditions and handling them like a Hawaiian King. Uyuk, Dhani Widianto and Irawan Dani, 2nd through 3rd, could only watch on as Tenshi displayed the confidence and guts that is going to take him to the stratosphere of professional surfing.
Even the big kids were taking notes. “I wish I would have been like that at his age” said Pepen Hendrik, “A great start”. High praise indeed from one of our hardest chargers.
And speaking of the big kids, is it any surprise that Bali’s Raju Sena took second place to Sumbawa’s Andre Anwar? Not really, considering that Andre has had to stand by and helplessly watch Raju’s rise to the top ranks. Quite simply, Andre had seen enough and surfed with more verve than we have seen from him in years to win this stop of the series in Java.
Despite 3rd place Rio Waida’s powerstyle approach and 4th place Mega Atana’s brief flashes of greatness, it was a two man final as Andre and Raju surfed as if their lives depended on it…
Meanwhile as the battles were raging tin the water, Rip Curl never forgets that these Grom gatherings are all about being a kid as well. With other activities on offer such as the POSCA pen art corner (Artist Garut Widiarta’s favorite) and the inspiring involvement with the kid-run Bye Bye Plastic bags program in full force (An environmental effort so sorely needed on the litter strewn Island of Java). On a surprise note, the whole event was wrapped up with a amazing performance by local reggae band - South Mountain Sunrise- who got the crowd rocking into the evening to finish a great day.
Rip Curl would like to give a special thanks to - Krakal Boardriders Club for hosting the event, accommodation by Sembodro Cottage and full support from Tourism board of Gunung Kidul DI Yogyakarta, Polsek Tepus, first aid and medical from Puskesmas Tepus, Team SAR and Krakal beach Life Guard, Jet Ski by Indrayanti Resto and Beach cleanup team from Krakal local people.
Rip Curl GromSearch is sponsored by : Posca Pens, Beach Hut Sun Cream, Zombie Surf Wax, and Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
1st Place = ANDRE ANWAR (13,05)
2nd Place = RAJU SENA (11,8)
3rd Place = RIO WAIDA (6,7)
4th Place = MEGA ARTANA (6,4)
1st Place = TENSHI ISHII (15,6)
2nd Place = UYUK (11,9)
3rd Place = DHANI (10,35)
4th Place = IRAWAN DANI (10,4)
1st Place = BEN BENSON (12,25)
2nd Place = VARUN TANJUNG (11,7)
3rd Place = ROMADHON FAJAR (10,1)
4th Place = KONA ERU (9,3)
Girls Division :
1st Place = SALINI (19,2)
2nd Place = TAINA IZQIUERDO (13,25)
3rd Place = CINTA HANSEL (9.0)
4th Place = DHEA NATASHA (6,5)
Ticket to the Asian Final:
1. Andre Anwar (Sumbawa)
2. Ricky Fauzi (Batu Karas)
3. Febri (Pulau Merah)
4. Ivan Prihandoyo (Pulau Merah)