Big wave wins

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BALI’S OWN MADE SWITR A (R IGHT) rode to vic­tory at Sin­gle Fin dur­ing the fifth Quick­sil­ver Uluwatu Chal­lenge on July 30. The surfer’s name was added to the tro­phy which was pre­sented to him by four-time World Cham­pion Mark Richards a nd Si­mon An­der­son, t he in­ven­tor of the thruster surf­board. “I didn’t think about win­ning the con­test to­day, I just wanted to en­joy good waves with good friends and have some fun,” said Switra. “I was win­ning al­ready when I pad­dled out but it’s great to be the cho­sen win­ner of this event and I want to say thanks to God, thanks to the Ulu boys and to all the le­gends that joined in as well.” On what i s ha l lowed g rou nd for su r f tourists, com­mu­nity mem­bers and surfers both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal, 40-plus pad­dled out to com­pete in the pres­ence of Quik­sil­ver le­gends like Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Tom Car­roll and Si­mon An­der­son, as well as Bali cham­pi­ons such as Ke­tut Menda, Made Lana, Tipi Jabrik, Dede Suryana and Rizal Tan­jung. Sadly, this year saw a num­ber of prom­i­nent names benched: Richards was un­able to par­tic­i­pate af­ter a back in­jury, Car­roll’s re­cent knee re­place­ment kept him from rid­ing a con­ven­tional surf board and Hoy was also hurt. Each surfer com­peted in two 30-minute heats with their scores from their four best waves to­talled up to de­cide the win­ner. Funded by Quick­sil­ver and Coca-cola Amatil Indonesia, the com­pe­ti­tion raises money for lo­cal NGO Project Clean Uluwatu’s new in­fra­struc­ture pro­grammes tar­get­ting ocean clean-up.

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