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Raditya Rondi: First Asian surfing Champion

  • Cynthia Webb

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 19 2011   /  09:00 am

One of the oldest expressions in the surfing lexicon is “stoked”. It’s how we describe the extreme heights of delight that a good session in the surf can give us.
Courtesy of Tim HainBillabong used to have the mantra, “Only a surfer knows the feeling”, and it’s true.
The word stoked has overflowed into everyday speech to describe anything that makes us happy, and even non-surfers use it.   

Right now, Balinese surfer Made Raditya Rondi, nicknamed Cabul (bull), is feeling pretty stoked. At the age of 22 he’s just become the first ever Open Men’s Champion of the newly established Asian Surfing Championship tour.  “This is a great moment for me, to be the first ever Asian Surfing Champion, and I’ll remember it forever. Back home in Indonesia, it was Pepen Hendrik that was the first Indonesian Surfing Champion back in 2004, and now it’s 201...