In spectacular 4 to 5 ft barreling Lance’s Right, Sumbawa’s Oney Anwar bested Bali’s Gaur Widiarta and won the Final of the Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl. Anwar’s win earned him the winner’s check of $2,500 and a specially carved Mentawai boatmen’s paddle.
Anwar resides on the Gold Coast of Australia currently, but is originally from Lakey Peak in Sumbawa. The 19-year-old Indonesian surfer was ecstatic:
“To win this event is so important to me. I’m from Indonesia, and for Rip Curl Asia to put on this event in the Mentawais at one of the best rights in the world, and to win it, is a dream come true. Thank you to all the people of Katiet and the Mentawais for letting us come here and surf their beautiful waves. I can’t wait to come back next year!”
In regards to winning over Garut Widiarta in the final, Anwar said, “Garut is a really good surfer. We’ve been teammates at Rip Curl for a long time and gone on a lot of trips together. The final just came down to who got the really good waves. I just feel really lucky right now.”
Widiarta, the goofyfooter from Katu Beach, Bali deserved his final position and proved great form all day. After beating No. 1 seed, Pepen Hendrik, in Quarterfinal 1 and Gazali Hamzah in Semifinal 1, Widiarta faced Oney and Anwar in the 45 minute final. Anwar and Widiarta caught 9 waves a piece and ended with a close score of 16.00 to 15.50 points out of a possible 20.
Lance’s Right proves to be extremely challenging for backhand surfers, especially in long barrels. Widiarta did not let this hold him back and he scored several nice barrels and the highest single wave score of the day in his semifinal heat, a 9.5 out of 10.
When Widiarta was asked if he felt like an underdog in the final as a goofyfooter he said, “I heard a lot of talk about how it was going to be a disadvantage for the goofies out at Lance’s Right, but I felt like it was really good for me as a goofy going backside, especially when the tide gets low. You can really wind up and do some big hacks.”
“We’ve spent the last seven days on the island and every day has just been perfect waves and nothing but fun. Well done to all the surfers, judges, event staff and especially the locals here at Lance’s Right,” Widiarta added with a big smile.
The 2013 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl started the 2013 tour season with the first ever Premium Grade Asian Surfing Championship event. The Top 16 ranked ASC surfers competed against 8 international invitees. This event marked a quality of a waves that proved a perfect start to the season in the world’s surfing Mecca of the Mentawai Islands.
“We could have chosen different waves to surf in the Mentawais, but given the opportunity to take the best right hander, with the support of the surfers, the government, and the ASC, we are putting Lance’s Right back on the map,” said Jeff Anderson, Rip Curl SEA CEO. “The barrels are world class and it’s a dream wave for any surfer that can ride a barrel, and it’s been the best contest I’ve been to in my life… I don’t know how it could get any better than this!”
Not only did they put on the great surfing action throughout the competition, the Rip Curl crew visited the village of Katiet with important Corporate Social Responsibility projects to create a larger impact beyond the surfing competition.
In partership with the Mentawai government, Rip Curl is supporting three social development projects in the village of Katiet. The first project is a donation of school supplies and toilets to the Katiet Elementary School.
The second is a 30 million IDR donation to A Liquid Future, an NGO in Katiet. Run by Elizabeth Murray, A Liquid Future provides free English classes, surf and swimming lessons and art classes for local children.
Lastly, Rip Curl is working in conjunction with A Liquid Future by providing technical support to start a ding repair workshop in Katiet owned and operated by the local villagers. Rip Curl donated 5 million IDR worth of surfboard repair materials and provided training and technical assistance to villagers. The goal is to develop a sustainable ding repair economy for the locals to repair visiting surfers’ broken boards.
2013 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl Final Results:
1 – Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 16.00 – Rp. 25 million (approx. $2,500 USD)
2 – Garut Widiarta (Bali) 15.50 – Rp. 15 million (approx. $1,500 USD)
SF1: Garut Widiarta (Bali) 17.50 def. Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa) 15.05
SF2: Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 15.90 def. Tipi Jabrik (Bali) 10.50
QF1: Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa) 12.90 def. Putra Hermawan (Nusa Lembongan) 10.00
QF2: Garut Widiarta (Bali) 13.65 def. Pepen Hendrik (Bali) 6.15
QF3: Oney Anwar (Sumbawa) 15.00 def. Marlon Gerber (Bali) 14.60
QF4: Tipi Jabrik (Bali) 15.80 def. Wayan Susiana (Bali) 11.65
For full results, visit: www.asia.ripcurl.com/promentawai13