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22nd October, Kuta, Bali -- After a weekend of incredible Surfing culminating in the Crowning of both Mens and Womens Indonesian Surfing Champions the 2012 Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival came to an end yesterday with record breaking crowds turning out to witness the biggest Free Live music show ever seen on Kuta Beach Halfway, Bali.
Evening entertainment started with Dita The Mighty who played a drum solo session warming up the crowd followed by Mom Called Killer breaking the first ground with a big inciting performance. Their mix of tight drums together with guitar distortion and heavy vowel sounding basses had the huge crowd totally freaking out. The next band on stage was Stars and Rabbit. Their music, characterised by pop and folk influences, was softer but definitely not less enjoyable. After the light musical entertainment the hard metal and punk-rock sounds of Jeruji and Painful by Kisses warmed up the stage for head-line band Souljah, who beat out their pop/reggae songs to a celebrating crowd. On top of that DJ Electrofux closed the 2012 Surf & Music Festival with some cool dubstep tracks.
Earlier in the afternoon saw some of the most dramatic and nail biting finishes in Indonesian Surfing History, Kuta Beach Local -Raditya Rondi managed to charge his way through a field of the best surfers from all over SE Asia to win the event and claim his first Indonesian Surfing Championship title at the same time.
“This is the biggest thing that has ever happened in my life for sure, said Rondi, its the biggest win, biggest prize money, biggest crowd, biggest everything! This is the biggest highlight of my Life!”
Rondi collected 100million IDR for winning the tour title and 15million more for taking the Surf and Music Festival crown.
The huge crowd that had been gathering on the beach since mid morning witnessed an epic battle as Rip Curl team rider Darmaputra Tonjo and Rondi traded blows in a 30 minute final, where Tonjo had nothing to lose and Rondi had the 2012 championship to try and win. At the Start of the day the pressure on Rondi was enormous, as he knew he had to win his quarterfinal heat, then his semifinal heat, and then the final, or two -time ISC champion and current number one ranked Lee Wilson would have won the 2012 Championship trophy and the big check for 100 million rupiah ( almost $10,000 USD) in hand. But Rondi was clearly up to the challenge, to the delight of his friends and fans on the beach that chaired him up the beach to the podium.
This win at the Rip Curl Surf and Music event finishes off the perfect year for Raditya after recently winning the Asian Surfing Title in Phuket, Thailand in September.
As if the mens title win was not enough news for the day, the Womens Title was also claimed during the morning with Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea taking her 5th Coca-Cola ISC Womens Title. “Bonne” also came in an impressive 2nd Place podium finish at the event being narrowly defeated by ASC women's Surfing champion Annisya Flynn from Thailand who claimed her maiden Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival Title.
The action packed weekend was not just about the main Womens and Mens Divisions – The event also saw the SE Asia GromSearch junior finals decided. With the coveted prize of a all expenses paid trip to the GromSearch World Finals held during the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, in Australia in April 2013, kids from all over the region brought their A-game to the beach. After a tough battle in the small but perfect Grom conditions, it was two Bali boys that made it through to the finals with Padma Beach local Raju Sena up against Nusa Dua's Koko Mitsua. Both kids went head to head in the 30minute final in front of a frothing crowd going blow for blow until the last and final score dropped in as they walked up the beach with Koko finally getting the nod from the judges to edge past his rival.
“I'm so happy I won today, this is my best win ever, especially here in Kuta with everybody watching” Koko said. “To get to travel to Australia is a dream come true as I've never been there before and I hope I can be a good representative for Indonesia. Its my last year as a junior, so its the perfect way to end it.”
After the finals of the Surfing action all focus moved over to the skateboarding comp which was being held in the car park adjacent to the beach. Creativity, fun and top notch skating was happening over the entire weekend with a makeshift mini obstacle set -up providing the perfect stage for some of Indonesia's best known Skaters to bust out their swag of tricks. The riders used the whole weekend to get to know and skate the challenging custom-built obstacle course with Saturday starting out with a free ride session, followed by the main event day on Sunday.
The skate competition kicked-off with the beginner division in the early afternoon, where Keanuw took first place pulling off the biggest and hardest tricks among his competitors. Sangoe took second and Jye took third. The main focus on the sunny competition day was lying on the Open Men division. After some hard preliminary decisions from the critical judges, it came down to just find a handful of the best riders in the final round. All the skaters were throwing down hammers knowing that they needed to show skateboarding at its best to succeed. Finally, the Open division winner was a surprise – but then again not. During the weekend, Rino Padang pushed his level higher and higher. In the end, he hammered precise tricks. Rip Curl Asia Skater Dewa Oka, one of the favourite's on that weekend, followed Rino onto take second place. A well deserved third place went to Kyori, who nailed incredible tricks in the quarter pipe. Another highlight came right after the final, the best trick contest, where an impressive Andrew Remote won with a massive Big Indy Grab Spin.
The skating, the cool rock and dubstep sounds and the relaxed atmosphere in the Surf & Music Festival Skate Area made a memorable weekend for both riders and spectators.
All the guys on the podium received full packed Rip Curl and Skullcandy goodie bags besides prize money checks.
The Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival presented by AXIS was a dual sanctioned Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship and Asian Surfing Championship 6-star event, offering a total prize purse of Rp. 50 million (approximately $5,600 USD), and was the final event of the 2012 ISC tour season.
Competitors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand joined up for the 2012 Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival surfing competition on Bali’s world famous Kuta Beach.
Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival 2012 Contest Results:
Coca-Cola ISC/ASC Men’s Open Division
1st - Raditya Rondi (Bali)
2nd - Darmaputra Tonjo (Bali)
3rd - (Equal) - Marlon Gerber (Bali) and Pepen Hendrik (Bali)
Coca-Cola ISC/ASC Women’s Open Division
1st – Annissa Flynn (Thailand)
2nd - Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea (Sumatra)
3rd – Diah Rahayu (Bali)
4th – Dhea (Bali)
Rip Curl GromSearch National Final
1st – Koko Mitsua (Bali)
2nd – Raju Sena (Bali)
3rd (Equal) Andre Anwar (Sumbawa) and Dian Hardianto (West Java)
1st – Keanuw
2nd – Sangoe
3rd – Jye
1st – Rino Padang
2nd –Dewa Oka
3rd – Kyori
Andrew Remote (Big Indy Grab Spin)
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The Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival 2012 was Presented by AXIS and Sponsored by Skullcandy, Smirnoff Ice, San Miguel Light, Gilbeys, Bliss Wayan Hotel, Cahaya Interprise and Beach Hut. Media support was provided by TRAX, JUICE, Area, Oz Radio Bali, Surftime, Lines, Indosurflife.com, Balibelly.tv and the event is sanctioned by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships and Asian Surfing Championships.