To major surfing competitions have electrified Bali over the past few days: the Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival and the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali.
The Rip Curl event, which started on October 8th, featured top Asian surfers from Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, who competed for the honors at Bali’s famous Kuta Beach.
The Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival is a dual sanctioned Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship and Asian Surfing Championship 6-star event offering a total prize purse of Rp. 50 million (approximately $5,600 USD), and is the final event of the 2011 ISC tour season. It is the fifth of the seven stops on the 2011 ASC tour, the remaining events to be held in Taiwan and Malaysia.
–Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival press release
For more on the Rip Curl festival and competition, including results, skating and band info see the full festival press release at surfline.com.
Now for the big news: The winners of the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali are Australian Davey Cathels in the male division and Hawaiian Coco Ho in the female category.
The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali is the first of three events on the ASP World Junior Tour for professional surfers under the age of 21.
Later this month, the Junior World Tour heads to Rio de Janeiro. Ho is currently at the top of the Pro Junior Women’s ranking, but she isn’t sure she’ll compete in Brazil. Cathels wasn’t planning to go to Brazil, either, planning instead for the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz. Now, he’s undecided.
–ESPN Action Sports
Read more on the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali competition on ESPN.