1 December 2012, Terengganu-Malaysia: Day of Rip Curl Pro Terengganu got off to a slow start this morning due to a rain storm drenching the beach for about two hours, delaying the start of competition from the planned 7:30 am kickoff time to just after 9:30, when the first heat of the Men’s Open Round 2 paddled out to do battle.
The weather rapidly improved and the sun broke out, heating things up on the beach while the action in the water also got hot and heavy, as Asia’s top surfers battled it out to advance and get one stop closer to tomorrow’s final.
Indonesia’s Garut Widiarta posted the day’s highest single wave score in his Round 2 heat, a 7.5 (out of a possible 10 points) for a backside aerial 360, to advance to a quarterfinal berth tomorrow. Other standouts were Marlon Gerber and Darmaputra Tonjo, whose expertise in aerial maneuvers in the smallish 1-2 foot waves got them big scores from the judging panel.
The 16 Women’s Division contestants were next out, with 5-time and current Indonesian champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea, current Asian women’s champ Annissa Flynn (THD), Diah Rayahu (IDN) and Jessie Hong (TWN) all winning their heats to advance to the semifinals.
The Master’s Division and Longboard Division also were run today, setting up for the semifinals tomorrow as well.
During the full day of surfing there was also a special board shaping demonstration by Australia’s Darren Handley, who is the personal shaper for world champion surfers Stephanie Gilmore and Mick Fanning, surfboard art painting by Laura Pabst de Cesar, a poster signing session by the Rip Curl Asia surf team and Darren Handley, lots of free Fanta and Nestle’s ice cream, surf lessons and games and all manner of fun in the sun.
The quarterfinals of the Men’s Open will start off first thing tomorrow morning with a stacked heat of top Indonesian surfers in Quarterfinal 1, as 2012 Indonesian and Asian champion Raditya Rondi takes on fellow Indonesians Garut Widiarta, Darmaputra Tonjo, and Devis Ratif, which should get the day off to another blazing start the final day of action at the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu where champions will be crowned in all divisions at the close of the day.
To follow the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu and see photos, heat draws, videos and more, check the Rip Curl Asia minisite on asia.ripcurl.com, and the ASC website at www.asiansurfingtour.com.