Asian Beach Games

National Team surfing took over the final day at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) sanctioned Bali Asian Beach Games at Kuta Beach today.

After four days of shared fortunes in individual surfing duels, the team event brought national pride and flags to the fore, as the beach crowd enthusiastically supported their teams.

In the four surfer team event, riders enter the water in a set order, surfing allocated waves and then exchanging with their next team-mate.  An aggregate wave point score for the total of the team decides the ranking of the teams.  Three rounds were held to rank the teams for medals.

Indonesia posted three strong wins with a ten point margin over Japan each time.  Philippines was trying to close the gap with Japan in each round but Japan always held them off.

In the final and deciding round, Indonesia’s Made Widiarta and Made Adi Putra picked off the best of the waves and provided the foundation of their team gold medal.  Japan’s power surfer Akihihro Makino provided three good wave scores to set his team up for their silver medal.

Luke Landrigan [Philippines] thrilled the crowd with a string of carving turns across a nice wave early in the final, setting people thinking of an upset, but it wasn’t to be, as the event unfolded.