Indonesia crowns Mencos longboard champ
Arip 'Mencos' Nurhidayat Wins Second Indonesian Longboard Championship Title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 November, 2012 : - - Quiksilver Indonesia is delighted to congratulate team rider Arip 'Mencos' Nurhidayat for earning his second consecutive Indonesian Longboard title, and to thank the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships for choosing their Quiksilver Open West Java event as Event of the Year in 2012.
At the Coca-Cola ISC Awards Presentation and Banquet held in the W Retreat & Spa in Seminyak-Bali, Arip accepted his 2012 championship trophy and cheque from CC-ISC President Director and Quiksilver Sports Marketing Manager Tipi Jabrik to the applause of his fellow surfers, surfing industry management and staff, and the invited media.
“Thanks very much to Coca-Cola and the ISC for putting together this tour and these events, to Quiksilver, Paul, Holly and their crew for all their support,” said Arip from the podium. “And thanks also to all the Bali boys here tonight, thanks everybody!”
Arip will be 22 years old later this month and hails from the small seaside town of Batukaras in West Java, known as the Malibu of Indonesia for its perfectly peeling righthand waves. He started out surfing on a shortboard, but soon found more satisfaction in mastering his 9’2” longboard in both old school and modern styles.
After about 4 years of practice and competition, his extraordinary talent and skill has become obvious to anybody that has surfed with him or watched him surf. As MC Tai Graham said as he introduced Arip to the audience, “I’ve been on surf trips with Arip, as well as with guys like Alex Knost who are considered the top longboarders around, and I can say that not only is Arip the best longboard surfer in Indonesia, but one of the best in world.”
Arip 'Mencos' Nurhidayat © Tim Hain/ISC
When asked about what is next for the young man, Arip replied, “I’m really happy to have won the championship again this year, but I hope that next year and in the future there can be more longboard events. My dream is to become the ASP Longboard Champion some day, so with more events I can get more experience and get closer to making that dream come true.”
Arip won both the Quiksilver Open West Java and the Quiksilver Open Phuket Thailand, the only CC-ISC sanctioned events in 2012 that included Longboard Divisions, to win his championship title. Arip will be traveling to Taiwan next week to compete in the Taiwan Open of Surfing, which is an Asian Surfing Championship event. He is also the 2011 and 2012 Asian Surfing Championship Longboard Champion.
Also during the Coca-Cola ISC Awards Presentation and Banquet, Quiksilver Indonesia was rewarded for their superb efforts in putting together the Quiksilver Open West Java in cooperation with the West Java local government.
The criteria for winning included such things as number of surfing divisions, variety and number of contestants and spectators, wave quality, event set up, community involvement, and environmental programs. As MC Tai Graham told the audience as he announced Quiksilver as the winner, “This event was a great example of how the surf industry can work together with the local government to make a change and benefit both parties.”
In his acceptance speech, Quiksilver SEA CEO Paul Hutson said to the audience, “ Firstly I’d like everyone to give a big round of applause to Tipi Jabrik and Tim Hain, and everyone that is involved in the ISC, as we wouldn’t have competitions like this in Indonesia and throughout South East Asia if it weren’t these guys’ passion, so please give them a big round of applause.
I’d also like to mention all the brands, Jeff at Rip Curl, Brad from Oakley, Billabong, Rizal from Hurley and everyone else, we’re all going to do more in the region throughout the year, so lets keep this dream alive, keep the industry alive. We have a lot of competitors out there trying to steal our passion, but we just have to keep focused on what we do and we’ll be here for another 40 to 50 years. Thanks guys!”
Next, Mr. Dadang took the microphone to say a few words as the representative of the West Java government. “Good evening everybody, thanks to the Coca-Coca ISC, to Tipi Jabrik, to Quiksilver and all the partners that support our efforts in West Java,” he said. “And to all the all the surfers that came to compete in West Java, on behalf of the community of West Java I thank you very much. Hopefully we will see you all again next year.”
The Quiksilver Open West Java was the third stop of the 2012 Coca-Cola ISC season, which saw Lee Wilson of Bali winning the Open Division, Arip Nurhidayat of West Java winning the Longboard Division, Sujari from West Java winning the Master’s Division, and Nilbe Blancada of the Philippines taking the Women’s Division win. It was the third consecutive year that Quiksilver partnered with the local West Java government to sponsor and organize the event.
Author: Tim Hain
Tags: Indonesian Longboard Championship Title, Arip 'Mencos' Nurhidayat, Coca-Cola ISC, Quiksilver