The Jakarta Post
A surfer riding the wave on Sorake Beach, South Nias. (Shutterstock.com/Anges van der Logt)
The upcoming South Nias Open Surfing Contest 2017 (NSOSC 2017) will be interesting to watch.
The event that will be held from July 25 to 28 will feature local and international surfers. “Jason Bishop, Kris Thompson from Australia, Aaron James from United States, Ignacio Gundesen and Julian Ituirqide from Argentina have already confirmed their participation for the race,” said NSOSC 2017 event’s coordinator Firdolin Wau.
The 57 surfers who have signed up for the race are divided into three categories: Men’s (16 years and above), women’s, and grommet (men’s and women’s, below 16).
“Renowned athletes Rahel Wau, Antoni Dachi, and Justin Bu’ulölö have also confirmed their attendance, they are known as big wave changers,” added Firdolin.
Rahel Wau is a professional surfer from South Nias who has participated in plenty of national and international surfing championships with the latest one was at Ya’ahowu Open Surfing Championship 2016 where Rahel took the second spot after Justin Bu’ulölö.
The women’s division will feature Yasnyiar Gea who has won Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) trophies in 2011 and 2014. Yasnyiar has been a professional surfer for 15 years and for five years in a row she was crowned as the winner of Indonesian Women Champion from 2008 to 2012.
Yasnyiar will compete against Salini Rengganis, among others, who earned the title of the best Indonesian female surfer in 2012.
Winners from the competition will take home Rp. 87 million worth of prizes.
The location for the event, Sorake Beach, is known for its waves that can go up to 10 to 12 meters high during the months of June – July. It’s included in the 10 best surfing spots in the world and said to be the second best after Hawaii.
The waves can barrel up to 11 times with the height of up to three to five meters before reaching waves break. The waves also have five stages where surfers can go as far as 200 meters. The beach is also unique for its beautiful coral reefs. (asw)
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