In by far the most epic wave conditions of any of the 5 previous Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenges, Bali’s Tipi Jabrik bested the 54-strong field of local and international legends, punters, and pros to add his name to the perpetual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge trophy.
Competing in the event and on hand to present the trophy were Quiksilver Legends Simon Anderson and Jeff Hakman, who together with Matt Hoy were there to support Quiksilver’s efforts of creating awareness of Bali’s environmental issues.
Jabrik was last year’s Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge runner up, having posted the highest wave score of the day, a 9.5 (out of a possible 10 points) in his Heat 2 effort, but couldn’t post an additional big score to overtake Made Switra, the eventual winner.
“I’m really happy to win this event here at Uluwatu, one of my favorite waves in the world,” said Jabrik.
“To surf with local legends like Made Switra and Rizal Tandjung as well as international legends like Simon Anderson, Matt Hoy, and Jeff Hakman is just amazing… I was lucky to get a 10-pointer and then the 7.2 at Outside Corner was a great way to finish…big thanks to Quiksilver, Single Fin, the Uluwatu Boardriders and all the ASC officials who ran the event.”
Coming in second place was 15-year-old Quiksilver team rider, Ryuki Waida, who was in the same second round heat as Jabrik, and impressed everyone by posting the heat’s highest score of an 8.83 after a 7.67 to rack up a total of 16.50 points. As with his older brother Rio, Ryuki is certainly destined for big things!
The wave conditions were nothing short of epic for this “Sunday Session” with all the legendary Uluwatu waves being surfed during the day, from the Bombie, to the Peak, Racetracks, and finishing off with 10ft Outside Corner on sunset. The crowd gathered in the cliff-side warungs for some great viewing with highlights being Uluwatu local Made Lana toying with 10-foot Outside Corner and Cal Lathrope from California, who scored the event’s only other 10-point wave for a deep barrel on the peak.
54 surfers participated in this year’s Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge, which was run in the Eddie Aikau 6-person heat format where each surfer competes in two 30-minute heats and their two highest scores from their four best waves were then scored and totalled.
Quiksilver South East Asia Sales and Marketing Executive, Sammy Gosling added, “Quiksilver is proud that we can bring our global team together with local legends and tourists to make a positive difference. Our boardshort range is now produced from yarn made from recycled plastic bottles so as a company we are trying to minimize our impact on the environment…. at the same time helping to raise funds for Project Clean Uluwatu is one way we can play our part locally.”
The 6th annual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge this year was a fundraiser for the Uluwatu based NGO, Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU), to raise money that will go towards new infrastructure programs at Uluwatu that will keep the world-class wave clean and pristine for generations to come. Bringing world-renowned surfing legends to Bali helps to draw attention to the challenges it faces with accelerating tourism growth.
The Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge was sponsored by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Project Clean Uluwatu, Uluwatu Boardriders Club, San Miguel Light, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff and Single Fin with support by the Asian Surfing Cooperative (ASC) team.
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