Name: I Gusti Ngurah (Rahtu) Putu Suargita
Stance: Goofy
Sponsors: Billabong, Kustom Footwear, Dragon optical

They don’t call Bali the Island of Gods for nothing. Known for its perfect sunsets, beaches and not forgetting the best surf any enthusiast can find, it’s no wonder Rahtu (which means first born son) Suargita’s – like most Balinese – affinity for the ocean’s stronger than any tide. Born in Blahbatuh, Gianyar, but now living in Kuta, Rahtu claims that the taste of ocean water is akin to freedom. And you know what, we don’t think he could have said it any better.

With support from his farther Gusti – otherwise known as “Mr. Bali”, a legendary surfer from Bali – Rahtu first began toying with the ocean with not a surfboard, but a bodyboard. But it didn’t take him long to realise that it’s much better riding those waves standing up on a surfboard instead. His favourite moves these days? Layback and Barrel. And his top breaks are at Padang Padang and Beach Breaks.

But besides being first and foremost a surfer and Degree holder (yea, he’s a brainiac too!), like his dad, Rahtu seem to have all sorts of creativity coursing through his veins. Just like a super hero, when he puts his mind to something, there isn’t anything Rahtu can’t do. In his current portfolio, he’s a Video Editor, an occasional emcee for events, a rapper, songwriter, and constantly inspires the local youths with his effervescent personality!

It’s been 14 years since Rahtu’s been on the Billabong team, and he says “I’ve grown so much with age…and so has my skills as a surfer.” Now, we just can’t wait to see what else he’s got up his sleeves.

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