Self Made Suc­cess

Rendy Ta­malilang shares the tale of his jour­ney to suc­cess in vol­ley­ball, his proud­est mo­ments and his goals

DA MAN - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy Vicky Tanzil

Dur­ing the lienVi­et­postBank cup in­ter­na­tional vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment in ha nam, Viet­nam, a cou­ple of months ago, in­done­sia’s men’s vol­ley­ball na­tional team were crowned cham­pion. This is the same team prepar­ing for the 2018 asian Games. One of the ath­letes that played in that tour­na­ment was Rendy Tamamilang. as an open spiker for the team, Tamamilang did ev­ery­thing from pass­ing to at­tack­ing, block­ing, serv­ing and play­ing de­fense.

“i knew about vol­ley­ball since el­e­men­tary school. when i was in ju­nior high, i was se­lected for my school’s vol­ley­ball in or­der to com­pete in the pOpDa (pekan Olahraga pela­jar Daerah or Re­gional Stu­dents Sports week),” Tamamilang re­calls. “at the time, my fam­ily had no idea that i can play vol­ley­ball,” he goes on. “For them, it was a big sur­prise. why? Be­cause the one that was taught how to play by my fam­ily was my brother. On the other hand, for me learn­ing vol­ley­ball was a self-taught process.”

af­ter win­ning in the 2009 re­gional pOpDa, Tamamilang was “pro­moted” as a pOn (pekan Olahraga na­sional, na­tional Sports week) ath­lete rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince of north Sulawesi. Dur­ing prepa­ra­tions, he was ap­proached by the Surabaya Sam­a­tor club (now Bhayangkara Sam­a­tor) and was asked to play for them. Tamamilang agreed, and he switched from play­ing for north Sulawesi to East Java.

Since then, Rendy Tamamilang drew more and more at­ten­tion. at 18 years old, he be­came the youngest MVP (most Valu­able player) at the pro­liga 2014 tour­na­ment and won the cham­pi­onship with Surabaya Sam­a­tor. These achieve­ments brought him to the 2015 SEA Games in Sin­ga­pore. “play­ing for in­done­sia was one of my proud­est and mem­o­rable mo­ments in my life,” Tamamilang says with pride in his voice. “who would’ve thought that a kid from north Sulawesi could get into the field, rep­re­sent­ing his own coun­try and fight with all of his team­mates in an in­ter­na­tional event?”

Speak­ing of in­ter­na­tional events, we met Tamamilang while he and his team­mates were still in the vol­ley­ball camp at Sen­tul, Jakarta, to train and pre­pare for this year’s asian Games in Jakarta and palem­bang. in­done­sia will be in a group a, along with Saudi ara­bia and kyr­gyzs­tan. “Right now, it’s not about Viet­nam and Thai­land again,” Tamamilang says of his team’s strong­est com­peti­tors. “Ja­pan, china, South korea and iran are the coun­tries that i con­sider the strong­est.”

But, as they say, ev­ery­one needs some­thing to look for­ward to. “The one thing that’s re­ally hard in the world of vol­ley­ball is self­con­trol,” Tamamilang goes on. “Be­cause if we man­age our fo­cus in the field, our emo­tions and con­trol over our­selves, then to­day, to­mor­row or any other time we can be cham­pi­ons. we need to have this kind of con­trol in the field in or­der to win and get the gold medal.”

as our con­ver­sa­tion turns to the fu­ture and his dreams, whether he has other dreams, he says: “yes, ob­vi­ously i want to get a gold medal in this year’s asian Games with my team­mates. aside from that, i also want to play vol­ley­ball abroad. a cou­ple of years ago i got an in­vi­ta­tion from a team in Saudi ara­bia. They wanted me to play in their league. But un­for­tu­nately, the sched­ule is too near the 2015 SEA Games and i turned the of­fer down be­cause i want to play for my beloved coun­try. But still, i want to try play­ing vol­ley­ball out­side in­done­sia.”

at the end of the day, will he even­tu­ally achieve his dreams? Only time will tell. But, one thing for sure, mil­lions of in­done­sians will be root­ing for him as he takes to the field.

“WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT THAT A KID FROM NORTH SULAWESI COULD GET INTO THE FIELD, REP­RE­SENT­ING HIS OWN COUN­TRY AND FIGHT WITH ALL OF HIS TEAM­MATES IN AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL EVENT?”

When you’re work­ing for a fash­ion mag­a­zine, it al­ways comes as a de­light­ful sur­prise when the per­son you’re in­ter­view­ing turns out to know a thing or two about fash­ion. Aero Aswar ar­rived on set for his photo shoot wear­ing an Aude­mars piguet watch and Off-White X Nike white sneak­ers. Be­fore the cam­eras started rolling he chat­ted play­fully that his in­ter­est in fash­ion re­ally grew dur­ing his teenage years, and how he al­ways opted for Bri­oni for his suits. Now, while his ap­proach to fash­ion and style has be­come more sub­tle, it’s clear that it still means a great deal to him. he also talked fondly of his fa­vorite brand Bal­main, and his ex­ten­sive watch col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned Ap piece.

But, of course, Aswar is known first and fore­most as a prom­i­nent jet ski racer. A world cham­pion jet ski racer, to be ex­act. he gained the ti­tle of world cham­pion back in 2014, which he dubbed his best and most mem­o­rable year. Not only was he crowned pro Run­about World cham­pion, that year also saw him win a gold medal for the En­durance Open num­ber dur­ing the 4th Asian Beach Games in phuket, thai­land. top­ping it all off, he was only 19 at the time and he achieved all of those in­cred­i­ble feats while nurs­ing an in­jury.

“that was ac­tu­ally my best and hard­est year,” Aswar re­flects. By hard­est, he was re­fer­ring to his torn Acl, lcl and menis­cus—three very com­mon knee in­juries for jet ski rac­ers. “i couldn’t walk for a week,” Aswar went on, “but then i had to con­tinue rac­ing for the sec­ond round. i al­ready won the first round with the torn Acl and then i got third place in the sec­ond. So, that whole year, i man­aged to get two na­tional ti­tles with the torn Acl.”

in­juries are not un­usual in Aswar’s field. “it hap­pens all the time,” he says with an eerie ca­su­al­ness. “Rac­ing-wise, it’s a risk. i’ve bro­ken three of my ribs, all my fin­gers were bro­ken, i tore my Acl, menis­cus, lcl, Mcl and my an­kles too.”

he never let all this af­fect his per­for­mance, though. And the proof lies in his records, as Aswar con­tin­ued to reap many more ti­tles in jet ski rac­ing af­ter 2014. this in­cludes World Ranked #1 Rider at the p1 AquaX in 2016 and run­ner up at the 2017 in­ter­na­tional Jet Sports boat­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (iJSBA) World Fi­nals, where his brother, Aqsa Aswar, who is also a jet ski racer, won third place. then, ear­lier this year, in May, he scored a back-to-back win at the pro Water­cross’ pro Stock in panama city Beach and pen­sacola Beach, while his brother won sec­ond place. And the list goes on and on like a never-end­ing gro­cery list.

On a more tech­ni­cal note, Aswar spe­cial­izes in three spe­cific types of rac­ing: close course, cir­cuit and En­durance. Ad­di­tion­ally, his big­gest strength is rac­ing on rough wa­ter, as this is how he trained since he was a kid. At the time, his fa­ther, Sai­ful Su­tan Aswar, who is the chair­man of in­done­sia Jet­sport Boat­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (iJBA), played a huge role in de­vel­op­ing young Aswar’s in­ter­est for jet ski rac­ing. “Ever since i was ba­si­cally a new­born, like two months old, i started go­ing to the ocean. And then even­tu­ally jet ski started to play a big role in my life,” he con­tem­plates, be­fore adding that see­ing his dad play­ing jet ski and watch­ing his friends race in thai­land and Malaysia even­tu­ally em­bold­ened him pur­sue the sport pro­fes­sion­ally.

Aswar also re­vealed that he was never good in team­work, claim­ing that if he weren’t in jet ski right now, he would prob­a­bly be in ei­ther mo­tocross or car rac­ing. “Any­thing rac­ing,” he later added. “i don’t know why, but i’m not good with team­work. it has to be on my own. Be­cause in rac­ing, i’m rac­ing on my own terms. So, i can’t rely on other peo­ple like in soc­cer where you have to pass the ball.” Fast for­ward a cou­ple of years and you have an es­tab­lished jet ski racer who is do­ing about 12-14 races each year, ex­clud­ing in­vi­ta­tions from other coun­tries, which he said could bring the num­ber up to 18.

“it’s re­ally de­mand­ing, crazy and in­sane.” Aswar says of his time com­mit­ment to jet ski rac­ing. But one thing’s for sure, he doesn’t mind the load. When asked what he finds hard­est about his cho­sen field, he replied: “it’s pretty hard to an­swer that one be­cause [ jet ski rac­ing] is a pas­sion. So, i like the dif­fi­cul­ties that come with how i train.”

look­ing to the up­com­ing Asian Games— which, by the way, will be the first time that jet ski rac­ing is of­fi­cially in­cluded—Aswar is op­ti­mistic, and is “very sure” to win. But the races he’ll face there will be dif­fer­ent from his usual fare as it will be on home ground. “it’s the pres­sure of your peers and your coun­try, you know,” he replies when asked on what he thinks will be the big­gest chal­lenge for him in the 2018 Asian Games. “i mean, it’s my home town; you can’t back off from any­thing.”

Mean­while, on a grander scale, Aswar says that his goal is to win an­other World cham­pion. “My goal is to have 10 World cham­pion ti­tles,” he ex­claims. he also ex­pressed in­ter­est in try­ing his hand at freestyle rac­ing. “Freestyle is when you get to do back flips and bar­rel rolls. i like watch­ing peo­ple do that and i tried it a cou­ple times but maybe it’s not for me,” he says be­fore adding: “though, i’m will­ing to learn.” And he’s cer­tainly one to try his best. Af­ter all, he has the phrase “Nil Satis Nisi Op­ti­mum” inked on his arm. it means “Noth­ing but the best is good enough.”

“I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT I’M NOT GOOD WITH TEAM­WORK. IT HAS TO BE ON MY OWN”

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