Local Bali girls jet to West Java for Quiksilver event
Surfer Girls Surfer Girls Pua Johnson and Salini Rengganis Take On Cimaja Point in West Java
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 June, 2012 : - - Kuta, Bali -- Surfer Girls Pua Johnson and Salini Rengganis just returned to Bali from a trip to Cimaja Point in West Java, where they got a chance to surf and attend the Quiksilver Open West Java surfing competition that took place from June 14-17. It was Pua’s first contest ever outside of Bali, so she was really excited about it. She traveled to Cimaja with her father Richard, leaving on an early morning flight from Bali to Jakarta, and because she had never been to Cimaja before, didn’t know that the beach wasn’t close to Jakarta.
“I was so sleepy when we left Bali, but when we got to Jakarta I was so psyched…all I wanted to do was surf,” she said. “But then I found out we had to drive in a car for about 5 hours! I did fall back asleep in the car, but as soon as we got to the hotel I couldn’t wait to go surfing. There weren’t many people in the water and they let me catch some waves, so it was really fun.“
The next morning she and her dad went down to the beach to prepare for her heat and she started wondering where Salini was. Turns out Salini was stuck in traffic on the drive from Jakarta, so Pua went out and surfed her heat under Richards watchful eye and coaching. “I was super hyped to be at the contest, and when my heat came I was a little nervous. I could have done better,” she said. “I almost made it through my heat against Michaela and Iis, but I let it slip away. Next time I’ll try and train harder, and hopefully do better.”
It was Salini’s second trip to Cimaja, and she was happy just to be there at the event with Pua and the other girls, even though she missed her heat. “I had been at a photo shoot for a film festival for three days in Bandung, and we finished at 4 am in the morning. So we left at 5 am and got stuck in traffic,” she explained. “But I’m glad I finally got there and could hang out and surf with the other girls in the afternoon.”
The next day she got to go to another nearby surf spot and do some free surfing with Annissa from Thailand, Gamala Hanafiah from Jakarta and some others, while Gamala’s husband Andryz took photos of them from the water.
Nadia Bintoro, Head of Marketing Communication at Surfer Girl commented: “It’s unfortunate that Salini wasn’t able to make it to her heat, but Pua did quite well competing outside Bali for the first time. We are very proud of the girls and believe it would make valuable knowledge for the next competitions”
“My trip to Cimaja was so much fun,” said Salini. “Thanks Surfer Girl! Now I’m looking forward to my next trip to Scar Reef in Sumbawa!”
Source: Surfer Girl
Author: Tim Hain / Nadia Bintoro
Tags: Surfer Girl, Bali, Cimaja, Girls Surfing, West Java