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Dede Suryana: Surfing is his passport to the world

  • Cynthia Webb

    Contributor

Kuta, Bali   /   Tue, September 6 2011   /  07:00 am

Courtesy of Dino SuryadiHe’s come a long way from Cimaja – a small seaside village in West Java near Pelabuhan Ratu.  

Dede Suryana was born there in 1985, the baby of the family.

He has recently been competing in international professional surfing events in France, Spain and Portugal. But, that is nothing new for him.

Dede is the only Indonesian surfer to be on the World Qualifying Circuit, now called the Men’s Star Events Series. His dream is to move up and be the first Indonesian to get into the World Championship Tour (WCT) of professional surfing.

Since obtaining a three-year sponsorship from Quiksilver, a major Australian surfing company, his life has been full of adventure, world travel, new friends and experiences and he has learned a lot.

Dede is the Indonesian icon for Quiksilver and his picture appears huge on billboards and in s...