The 2018 Krui Pro men's QS1,500 and women's QS1,000 is set for a start early tomorrow as the first swells of the season start to roll in. Today saw a press conference with the local and national government officials, WSL officials and international athletes.
Mr Agus Istiglal, Regent of the West Coast of Lampung Province, spoke today about how excited he is to see the World Surf League and a crop of international athletes come to his home. Last year's event was a QS1000 for the men and now it's been upgraded to a 1500 and will include a webcast, showing the Governments commitment to this event.
Mrs Ratna Suranti from Tourism Indonesia also spoke about how exciting it is to see QS and CT events in Indonesia. Although some of these QS events have started with lower rating, the plan is to step up the ratings and grow the Indonesian series in the future which is exciting for competition and surf fans all over the world.
Oney Anwar from Lakey Peak, Sumbawa is one Indonesia's most successful professional surfers and is exciting for this first Indonesian event of the 2018 season. He will be gunning for a big result as the top man and top woman on the Qualifying Series from Indonesia will be awarded wildcards into the up-and-coming Corona Bali Pro Championship Tour event.
"I'm very proud and excited to have events like this in my home country," Anwar said. "I love competing here. The waves are super fun, we don't get to compete at long left-handers much so I am excited to get out there. I am hoping for a big result here because I really want to get a spot in the Corona Bali Pro at Keramas."
The Krui Pro will be webcasting all the action live from tomorrow. Tune in via WorldSurfLeague.com or on the WSL App.