The history of Indonesian surfing is dotted with exclamation points from the very first broadcast out of the jungle in 1995 at the Quiksilver Pro in G-land, through to various WSL specialty events such as the epic Rip Curl Pro Search in 2008. Stop number #5 on the 2018 WSL event calendar, the Corona Bali-Protected is in full flight at pumping Keramas Beach on Bali’s less storied East Coast. The event marks the return to WSL competition after a 5-year hiatus with the last CT event being held at Keramas being the Oakley Bali Pro in 2013.
From Kuta Boardriders to aspiring pro, Tipi Jabrik has ridden the wave of every high (and low point) of professional surfing throughout the Indonesia archipelago and as a local growing up in Bali, he’s observed the potential surfing has to deliver back to the island, though surf tourism, events and bringing a world focus to Bali's increasing pollution problems. In 2017, the Asian Surfing Championship changed its name to Asian Surfing Co-operative and the ASC has expanded their events throughout the region. The small but hardworking ASC team lead by Tipi are now hosting the world’s best with the goal of making Indonesia a world class surfing region for the WSL but also for sustainable surf tourism. ASB Magazine caught up with Tipi to discuss the nuances of hosting events in Indonesia, the return of the CT and how to do business with governments and global organizations like WSL.