Occy Mesmorized By G-Land Barrels

Occy logged in a little barrel time himself (shot via helecopter)
1999 world surfing championMARK OCCHILUPO (AUS) has no doubt an Indonesian will one day be on theworld tour after witnessing some extraordinary action in the decidingBillabong Pro Junior Series event and the Bali ‘Occy’ Grom Comp atCanggu, Bali.

The surfing island nation turned on a lethal display of cutting edgesurfing as top seeds commenced their campaigns in the third and finalU/21 series event and the U/14 and U/17’s went ballistic in the openingrounds of the inaugural Occy Grom Comp.

“We will see an Indonesian on the world tour for sure before too long,”said Occhilupo. “We saw so much talent in the juniors today and I wouldlove to see an Indonesia surfer on the world tour.”

“Indonesia has always played a big part in surfing. They have the bestwaves in the world so I am sure they can produce one of the bestsurfers,” added Occhilupo.

The legendary goofy footer has been relishing his return to Indonesiaeven scoring one of his most memorable waves of the year at Grajagan inJava. With a massive Indonesian swell creating perfect 10-12ft waves atG-Land Billabong helicoptered Occhilupo into the renowned left-hander onthe south-east tip of Java on his arrival in Indonesia

“I was straight into the deep end,” said Occhilupo. “It was a bit of anervous ride on the chopper but once we got to G-Land it wassensational. I haven’t surfed G-Land in ten years and I was out therewith Taj (Burrows). We broke the ice, we were the first guys out thereand we got some amazing waves.”

The notorious left-hand, reef-break was at its barreling best breakingover sharp coral reef for around 800 metres and offering up endlesstubes and walls.

“I got a wave in front of Taj that will go into my memory bank forever,continued Occhilupo. “It was just one of those big wide open barrels.

“It was just one of those waves that made the trip all-time, just one ofthe waves of the year for me. It was just a real special day at G-land.

Surfers excelling in the 1.5 metre waves of Canggu to secure round fourberths included Ende Sufriatna (IND), Dale Lovelock (AUS), Buck Woods(NZ) and Duncan McNicholl (AUS).With double the ratings points on offer at Canggu the stakes were justas intense for local surfers contesting Indonesia’s richest-ever U/21tournament which will crown the 2007 ISC Pro Junior Champion.

The top ranked Indonesian at the end of the Series receives a covetedtrials wildcard into the 2007 Billabong ASP World Junior Championshipsat North Narrabeen in Sydney.

The prize money has been increased to US$6500 for final Pro-Junior eventat Canggu which offers a superb right peak breaking over black lava rockwith two fun left-handers also on offer. The break can handle waves upto 6 – 8ft.

Entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is exceptionallyvaluable to any aspiring professional surfer, with the likes of JoelParkinson and three-time world champion Andy Irons having launched theircareers on the strength of wins at the WJC.

An additional US300 will be up for grabs for the Best KustomizedManeuver

The Occy Grom Comp will comprise of two divisions U/17 and U/14 boys.

The Billabong Pro Junior Series is supported by ISC, {{{Discovery}}} KartikaPlaza Hotel, Coca Cola, Kustom footwear, Hawaiian Tropics, BSA and VonZipper eyewear.

For further information see www.billabong.com.au