Garut Widiarta Wins Wild Card Spot in Pro Junior Global Challenge

GIANYAR ~ Garut Widiarta from Kuta narrowly defeated his cousin Raditya Rondi in an intense 25-minute final on Monday, putting it all on the line in the heavy 2-3 meter waves at Keramas Beach and coming back to the beach with a big smile and a wild card spot in the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, being held from October 7-17 here in Bali.
The margin of victory was slim, with both of the surfers having an equal score for their two best waves, but due to Widiarta’s higher score on his third best wave (by less than a point), he was the winner.
“I can’t believe I won today,” said Widiarta back on the beach.  “Whenever I’m up against Rondi, I know I have to go all out, because he is so strong on his backside. So I’m really pretty lucky I got those few good waves and that he didn’t get a higher score than he did.”
Oakley Indonesia Pro Surfer and Contest Director Tipi Jabrik was also very pleased with the result, saying: “It was great to see the boys all really going for it. Even in these tough conditions, they were charging, knowing that there was only a first-place position to surf for. Now we’ll get to see how our guys (Widiarta and Oakley Indonesia’s Pro Junior Team Rider Yuki Seedwell) will do up against some of the best pro juniors in the world in the upcoming contest.”
Sixteen of Indonesia’s best under-21 year old pro junior surfers arrived at Keramas Beach all hungrily awaiting their chance to win the coveted wildcard spot, but Widiarta never took his eye off the prize and bested his rivals to come home with the win.
With his entry into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, Widiarta now has a shot at winning a US$20,000 first-place cash prize, the richest ever for a pro junior event worldwide, with a total prize purse of $75,000.
Oakley International has already held six other events, in Australia, America, Brazil, Japan, Brazil, France and South Africa, as qualifying events, with the grand final taking place here in Bali, known for having arguably the best and most consistent waves in the world.
The final event will see only 18 surfers competing, and the 10-day waiting period between October 7 and 17 will allow the contest to be run in only the best wave conditions, with the option of going mobile if necessary.
Organizers said Keramas Beach was the most likely venue for the event, with its reputation of allowing the surfers to exercise their widest variety of maneuvers in virtually every type of wave condition.
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Photo Credit:  Tim Hain – Coca-Cola Indonesia Surfing Championship Tour

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