Big wave wins
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.