Halfway Grommet Attack
Presented by Billabong & Surfer Girl
Halfway Beach, Kuta Bali
22 June 2014
Raju Sena on a rampage at the Halfway Grommet Attack
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 June, 2014 - Kuta, Bali - Top Indonesian and international junior surfers attacked super fun 2 - 4ft wave peaks at Halfway Beach in Kuta, Bali, during the season-opening Halfway Grommet Attack on Sunday 22 June 2014.
Sanctioned by the ASC, age divisions at this event included Under 12 and Under 16 for the boys, Under 16 for the girls, and a Pushing Division for the micro groms who still need help getting into waves. Entry was FREE and open to all, and saw surfers from Indonesia, Brazil, Australia, America, Hawaii and more competing under the watchful judging panel of the Halfway Boardriders from Kuta.
Raju Sena has been on a rampage, winning multiple events this year in the Indonesian Junior division, and this Grommet Attack win became the latest notch under his belt. Raju utilised his local knowledge to whip into the choice long right-hand waves that peeled from the outside takeoff right to the sand on the beach, allowing him multiple big turns and even the biggest 360 air on his way to winning the contest.
Scoring the only perfect 10 of the event in the Under 16 Final, Raju was clearly stoked when asked about this win. “That’s six Junior contests I’ve won this year, and we have more coming up at Halfway in July. I’ve been training a lot with my dad, running the beach and surfing a lot. I hope I can win the new Dylan board that’s up for grabs!”
In the Under 16 Girls, it was Dhea Natasha taking the win over Sophie Fletcher and fellow Surfer Girl teammates Cinta Hansel and Taina Izquierdo. Dhea, 13, surfed through a field of Indonesia’s best junior surfers – many of which flew to Bali especially for the event. The Indonesian Girls Division is showing signs of what the future holds for Indonesian women’s surfing, and it is looking better than it ever has right now.
The Under 12 Boys Division was won by 10-year-old Dhani Widianto over a field of junior surfers ripping years beyond their actual age. Dhani was linking together turns and even went for a few air 360 attempts, showing skills not common for 10 year old surfers in Indonesia. Although there was a 4 year age difference between the Under 12 and the Under 16 division, many of the young surfers already look ready to compete with the older groms. Dhani is also the younger brother of Dhea Natasha, so the brother-sister team came out winners today.
It was a family affair over in the Pushing Division, with fathers pushing in their sons or daughters into what was arguably the best surfing condition of the event. These grommets were taking to the long sand bottom waves with no fear, cranking pint size turns and hopping through flat sections through to the beach. This is the real future of Indonesian surfing with mostly single digit age surfers and proud dads sharing the stoke of every wave. In the end, it was the Agus Adnyana father-son team that took top honors.
Every finalist received a goodie bag and gift vouchers from Billabong for the Boys, and Surfer Girl for the Girls; while Made’s Warung, the best restaurant in Bali since 1969, generously catered a scrumptious lunch for the hungry competitors and crew during the day.
First place division winners at the end of this four event series will receive a custom shaped board from Dylan Surfboards.
Under 16 Boys
1) Raju Sena 48.5
2) Ivan Sudena 46.4
3) Kaleb Sukadis 32.8
4) Kusuma Ananda 27.9
Under 16 Girls
1) Dhea Natasha 46.5
2) Taina Izquierdo 39.1
3) Cinta Hansel 38.2
4) Sophie Fletcher 22.4
Under 12 Boys
1) Dhani Widianto 47.6
2) Tenshi Ishii 39.2
3) Kieran Wooley 28.0
4) Fajar 22.5
1) Agus Adnyana 25.3
2) Kai Raymond 24.7
3) Jahly Stoked 19.7
4) Made Noe 17.0