Solid 4-6 foot surf got the Rote Open 2009 started in fine form on the first day of competition at the righthand reef break of Bo’a Beach on the east Indonesia island of Rote today.
Hundreds of Rote locals as well as dozens of international tourists and surfers flocked to the beach to attend the opening ceremony and then get a glimpse of Indonesia’s top surfers such as Dede Suryana, Lee Wilson, Marlon Gerber, Betet Merta, and Garut Widiarta take on the firing reefbreak of Bo’a.
In this first day of competition, Rounds 1 and 2 were completed as well as the first two heat of Round 3. Tomorrow the swell is expected to drop slightly, so Contest Director and Coca Cola ISC Tour CEO Tipi Jabrik started things off early at 7:30 am and pushed through the day to finish up just as the sun was going down around 6 pm.
The extremely exciting surfing displayed today was a testament the powerful and well formed wave here at Bo’a, with a couple of surfboards broken and leg ropes snapped, but no injuries other than perhaps a sunburn or two for those who forget to liberally apply the much needed sunblock!
Tomorrow’s competition is scheduled to begin at 7 am to complete Rounds 3 and 4, and the day after will most likely see the Women’s Division take to the water. The swell is expected to increase again in about two days time, when the final day of competition will be completed including the (over 35) Masters Division.
The Rote Open 2009 is presented by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour and sponsored by the government of Rote Ndao, PTR Communications, Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Airlines, Trans Nusa Airlines, Heineken. SurfTime, Magic Wave and Lines. It is a 6 Star Prime Coca-Cola ISC event with a total prize purse of $7,000 USD.