IB Kusuma Rai Tanabe Crowned 2012 Quiksilver King of the Groms Champion
9 July 2012, Kuta-Bali: 15 year old Ida Bagus Kusuma Rai Tanabe (Gusde) of Kuta was crowned the 2012 Quiksilver King of the Groms SEA champion yesterday on Kuta Beach in front of his family and friends after winning a very close 25 minute final dual against Aussie expat Reef Doig, who is also 15 years old.
The two Under 16 year old surfers had battled through two days of challenging wave conditions and a talented field of frothing grommets (surfer slang for kids under 16) to meet on Sunday afternoon and decide who would be crowned the “King” and receive the all-expense-paid trip to the Quiksilver King of the Groms International Final in France, as well as a brand new Yamaha motorbike.
It was a epic final in 1-2 foot beach break waves, where most waves allowed one or two turns at best, as these young rippers went blow for blow, smashing the lip, racing and floating over sections, pulling out all the stops to impress the judges and get the big scores.
In the exciting climax, with less than a minute left and Gusde in the lead, young Reef spied a nice little wave lining up and then took off, knowing he only needed a small score of 3.05 to take the win. After smashing three turns to finish the wave off, Reef, Gusde and everybody on the beach walked back to the judging tower waiting for the announcement, but they wouldn't hear the news until later at the beachside presentation. “It was close….but not close enough Reef,” exclaimed Quiksilver’s Tipi Jabrik to Reef and the waiting crowd as the presentation began. “You needed a 3.05 and the judges gave you a 2.9! Good effort Reef, and congratulations to Gusde, the new King of the Groms SEA Champion!”
Even though he was the runner up, Reef was still smiling and from the podium replied to Tipi and the audience, “It was a great final and thanks to my sponsors, and congratulations to Gusde who was ripping!”
Gusde was perhaps still in shock from the announcement of his win, for when asked how he felt about winning the King of the Groms title and getting a trip to France could just smile and reply, “I’m really happy, so happy!” He'll no doubt be working on his French and English language skills from now on in preparation for his trip.
A total of 97 boy and girl groms joined up for the annual Quiksilver King of the Grom’s SEA Final at Kuta Beach, and new this year was the addition of a special Roxy Jam for the girls, where they could compete together instead of mixing it up with the boys.
A total of 16 girls surfed together in the inaugural Roxy Jam, with 10-year-old Joniati “Cinta” Hansel winning the final with her massive floater. She then got an equally massive hug and kiss from her father shaper Bruce Hansel back on the beach, as well as received a Roxy voucher for 2 million rupiah (over $200 USD) and the Coca-Cola Encouragement Award of a new custom made surfboard.
Quiksilver’s Jake Paterson was asked to comment on the level of performance and improvements he has seen in Bali’s surfing scene this year as compared to the past few years, and he replied, “The level of surfing here is just going through the roof. This weekend the waves were pretty small and difficult to surf, but those kids were out there ripping the bags out of em. So I’d say the future of Indo surfing is looking really good. What impressed me the most were the 10 and 12 year olds though. The 14 -16 year old group are really good right now, but this next wave of kids will be incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop over the next few years, and I can’t wait to come back and do it all again next year!
The Quiksilver King of the Groms SEA Final was part of the Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver “Bali’s Big Eco Weekend”, an annual event organized with the intention of bringing environmental awareness to the public and private sectors of Indonesia and the world regarding Bali and Indonesia’s problems with waste management and keeping the beaches and water clean.
To help draw attention and raise awareness of these issues facing Bali, Quiksilver elicited help from their world famous team of surfing legends, 4-time World Champion Mark Richards, 2-time World Champion Tom Carroll, 1989 World Champion Martin Potter, outlaw power surfer Matt Hoy, and Pipeline Master Jake Paterson.
These five legends came to the beach and signed posters, watched the groms surf, and then surfed themselves in the Locals vs Legends tag team challenge. It was a definite highlight of the day for the beach crowd, with superb and hilarious commentary by Surfing World Editor Vaughan Blakey, as the Legends took on the local Quiksilver Grom and the Quiksilver Local teams.
It the end it was the Quiksilver Local team taking the trophy off the Legends, who had won last year with a horn-beating wave by Jake Paterson. But this time it was the Local’s Tipi Jabrik who got the winning wave over Jake, to come in to the beach with his board held high.
But Jake wasn’t too upset, saying, “Don’t worry Tipi, next year when the waves are bigger we’ll get it back…just you wait!
Tom Carroll was the new legend on the team this year, and had a great time as well, also mentioning wave size as having something to do with their loss, saying, “This legends thing was good fun, but the waves were so small I couldn’t hardly surf! But it was really fun hanging out with MR, Pottz, Hoyo and Jake as well as with Ketut Menda and all the Bali crew, and seeing those groms surfing against us. There was a great crowd too, and I’m glad they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
As part of these Quiksilver legends activities during their stay in Bali, they participated in a charity golf tournament and dinner at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, where their replica surfboards along with other items were auctioned off to raise a whopping $44,000 USD to help clean up Bali’s beaches.
These funds along with funds donated by Garuda Indonesia and other sponsors will buy beach-cleaning equipment to help with the effort to get Bali cleaner and greener.
Quiksilver SEA CEO Paul Hutson was excited and proud of the great results from the weekend, saying “I think it’s safe to say that our expectations were more than exceeded this weekend, and for that I’d like to thank our presenting sponsor Garuda Indonesia, our surfing legends for giving their time up to come and help us, our great partner Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Yamaha and the whole list of other sponsors, the lifeguards that help us out every year, and everybody that helped make this weekend a huge success. Raising a total of Rp 452,400,000 (about $48,000 USD) is quite an achievement, and will result in a substantial leap forward in our mission to help us clean up Bali, setting an example for all of Indonesia and also other parts of the world to follow.”
To find out more about what happened during the Bali’s Big Eco Weekend to www.bbew.coca-colaamatil.co.id.
And at www.isctour.com/events/kog12 you can see the scores, photos and more from each day’s competition. On Facebook check out Indonesian Surfing Championship and Quiksilver Indonesia.
Quiksilver King of the Groms SEA Final Contest Results:
1. Ida Bagus Susuma Rai Tanabe (Bali)
2. Reef Doig (Australia/Bali)
Equal 3rd place: Made Tedi (Bali) and Angga Bayu (Bali)
Roxy Jam Results:
1. Joniata “Cinta” Hansel (Bali)
2. Julika (Bali)
3. Taina Izquiredo (Bali/PR)
4. Kailani Johnson (Bali/USA)
Coca-Cola Encouragement Award – Joniata “Cinta” Hansel
The Quiksilver King of the Groms 2011 was presented by Coke Zero and supported by Yamaha, with media partners Now Bali!, Now Jakarta!, TRAX, FHM, Esquire, Fitness for Men, Bali & Beyond, Kaskus, Hard Rock FM Bali, Dreambox, BAM, Lines Magazine, Surfersvillage.com, SurfTime Magazine, Magic Wave Surf Community Newspaper, Balibelly.tv, Baliwaves.com, RVM Alam TV Bali., and the Outdoor Channel, and assisted in the Coca-Cola ISC’s “Keepin’ it Green” program by GUS, the ROLE Foundation, and Climate Wave.
The Quiksilver King of the Groms 2012 is a Grade 2 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship sanctioned Junior Division event, with the Coca-Cola ISC Junior Division members receiving points towards their 2011 Coca-Cola ISC Junior Division Championship ranking.