The World Surf League (WSL) and Asian Surfing Championships (ASC) have combined once again to host another world-class event at one of the best surfing locations on the planet. The QS1,000 rated Mentawai Pro pres. by Rip Curl is set to see a selection of the world's best surfers hit the water at Lances Right for the first time in WSL history from April 20 - 24.
Mentawai Islands Regent Mr. Yudas Sabbagalet has been instrumental in getting this event officially sanctioned by both the ASC and the WSL.
"Personally I'm very happy with the 2016 Mentawai Pro presented by Rip Curl," Mentawai Islands Regent Mr. Yudas Sabbagalet said. "Our vision for the future is to make Mentawai as the gate for tourism for the west side of Sumatra Region, thank very much for all the supports. I hope everyone will enjoy the waves we have to offer."
WSL Australasia Tour Manager Will Hayden-Smith is looking forward to providing more opportunities for Indonesian and International surfers opportunities to sample some of the world's best waves while competing for WSL points and prize-money.
"We're very proud to be working with the Mentawai Government and the ASC to bring add another world-class event to the WSL calendar," Hayden-Smith said. "The event is sure to capture the attention of the world as Indonesian and Internationals go wave for wave in perfect right-hand barrels."
Garut Widiarta (Bali, Indonesia) is excited at the announcement of another dual WSL ASC sanctioned event in his home country.
"Indonesia is home and we have so many talented surfers and so many good waves," Widiarta said. "It's great to see that Rip Curl the ASC and the WSL are partnering to support us, giving the sport and the surfers the exposure we need. The last contest we had at Lance's was one of the best contests I've ever surfed in. To get to do this again in perfect waves with the best surfers from all over the world is a dream come true."
James Hendy, Marketing Manager of Rip Curl South East Asia is thrilled to see the Mentawai Pro upgraded to a world-class event.
"Rip Curl has always strived to host the best contests in the best waves, HT's is undoubtedly one of, if not the most perfect right handers on the planet. It's going to be a rare and amazing opportunity to see International surfers facing off against the best Indonesians on their home turf at this incredible location some 100 miles off the coast of West Sumatra. Rip Curl are stoked to be working with the WSL and the Mentawai Government to host this truly unique event."