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Reef Doig Takes Out the Quiksilver Padma Challenge – Taina Hinckel Wins Roxy Padma Challenge
22 June 2014, Kuta-Bali: In a surprising upset yesterday in the Quiksilver Padma Challenge at Padma Beach in Bali, 16 year old Reef Doig took down Bali’s top ASC ranked pro surfers in an exciting final battle as thousands of spectators looked on.
Reef, Australian by nationality but raised in Bali, defeated 3-time Asian Surfing Champion Raditya Rondi, number 3 ranked Garut Widiarta, and 2010 Indonesian Pro and Pro Junior Champion Putra Hermawan in the four-man final to claim his first ASC sanctioned event victory, to both his surprise and the delight of his Padma Boys Boardriders Club mates. “I’ve looked up to these guys my whole life growing up here in Bali,” said Reef. “Getting the win over them today…wow, there’s not a better feeling. I’m on top of the world!”
“I’m back here on holidays as I’ve been going to school in Australia this year, just having fun, surfing and hanging out, then Akung from the Padma Boys told me I should do the comp and so I signed up. So stoked I did!” he added.
In a day that was truly a day for the up-and-coming groms, the Women’s Division was won by 11-year-old Taina Hinckel from Brazil, who did some lion slaying of her own, besting 5-time Indonesian Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea in a final where all the competitors except for Gea were under 16 years old. “I’m so happy to win this contest today,” said Taina. “This is the best moment of my surfing career!” Taina has only been surfing for four years, but put on a great display of critical surfing that kept her scoring points and obviously impressing the judging panel.
At the end of the day, Quiksilver Contest Director Tipi Jabrik was asked to comment on this the first event of the ASC tour season. “The event went really well, as the waves were going both left and right it gave everybody a fair chance. We had great winners in Reef and Taina, and everybody had a great time today. Thanks to the Quiksilver, Coca-Cola, and Garuda, and all who came out to participate and support the event.”
The Quiksilver Padma Challenge saw surfers from many countries attending: Brazil, France, the Philippines, Japan, India, Thailand, Taiwan, the USA, and Australia and was presented by Quiksilver, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, Boardriders Café, Single Fin, Jim Beam, San Miguel, supported by the Padma Boys Boardriders Club and sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships.
Credit: Tim Hain
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