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WSL Asia Announces Hello Pacitan Pro 2017 QS1,000

Watu Karung Watu Karung bay promises idyllic scenery -- and incredible left and right-hand barrels. WSL / Gilhooley

The WSL Asia Region is delighted to announce yet another exciting Qualifying Series event in Indonesia. The Hello Pacitan Pro 2017 Men's QS1,000 event will be held from August 16-20 on the rugged coast of East Java in the small town of Watu Karung, which is about an hours drive from Pacitan.

The competition venue is spectacular, as it boasts a barreling lefthander on the east side of the bay and a righthand slab on the west side; each working on different swells, winds and tides, providing an dreamy choice of world class reef break options on the same stretch of beach.

Jay Davies weaves a Pactitan pit Jay Davies weaves a Pactitan pit. WSL / Hammond

This will be the first time a professional international surfing competition has ever run in this location, although traveling pro surfers have been enjoying this wave for several years already.

Hello Pacitan Pro 2017 will see some of the world's best Qualifying Series (QS) surfers on the men's tour looking to get deeply barreled in the world-class left and righthander of Watu Karung and come home with the 1,000 QS points to add to their WSL rankings.

Pacitan Left empty Pacitan Left empty WSL / Hammond

17-year-old Indonesian Rio Waida was runner up at last year's Hello Pacitan event and is currently No. 2 on WSL Asia QS Rankings.

"I'm so excited to have this event at Watu Karung this year," he said. "I think everyone wants to join and the waves are amazing too, tubes both right and left. It will no doubt be an amazing event."

Rio Waida Rio Waida knows how to get barrelled and will be looking for a big result to move into 1st on the WASL Asia QS ratings. WSL / Scott Hammond
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