RADITYA RONDI
Bali has long been touted a fertile ground for surf activities. And with a proclamation like that, it’s only fitting that it spat out its very own surf legends too. Coming in the form of one Made Raditya Rondi, over the years, the Indonesian-born surfer has managed to make surfing his full-time job, and to cement a solid – not to mention, credible – reputation whilst at it. But he knows that it takes more than just a board and a sweet pair of boardies to help get career trajectories.

First getting his feet wet on a borrowed board, his uncle Ganti Yasa (who, by the way, is an Indonesian surf legend in his own right) mentored both him and his cousin, Garut Widiarta, in the art of surf when he was just a kid. Not only is surf in the family’s blood, but it was also a way to help Raditya overcome his shyness and to open up more. When he was 13, Raditya made his foray into the competitive pro scene in Serangan, and as expected, the result was nothing short of impressive.

At only 24, today Raditya is already ranked Indonesian and Asian Champion on the ASC and ISC regional grounds – but not without taking a few hard knocks in his lifetime. Now considered the most formidable surfers in the Asian surf arena, his accomplishments are far from little. In fact, what he has carved out both on off water has also helped reshaped the way the sport is viewed in Asia. Besides snagging up championship titles to his name, on occasions he also takes a backseat to lend support to the scene – most recently, as the emcee of the Rote Open 2011 surf event.







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