Tipi Jabrik has taken out the 2018 Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge, in Bali, Indonesia.
The event raises awareness about Bali's environmental challenges and funds for Project Clean Uluwatu. This year, the organization brought Jeff Hakman, also known as Mr. Sunset, back to Uluwatu for the first since 1975.
All surfers witnessed epic conditions with the iconic left-hand reef break delivering waves in the 15-foot range. For many, the sixth edition of the Uluwatu Challenge was the best ever.
All five breaks that make Uluwatu one of the most exciting waves on the planet - Bombie, Racetrack, Temples, Peak and Outside Corner - were on fire.
The event was run in the six-man, In Memory of Eddie Aikau-style heat format, in which each surfer competes in two 30-minute heats. Their two highest scores from their four best waves were then tallied and totaled.
Fifty-four local and international athletes got deeply barreled, but only a few received trophies from the hands of Hakman and Simon Anderson, the inventor of the thruster fin setup.
In the Round 1 clash against Tai "Buddha" Graham, Tipi Jabrik, who finished runner-up in 2017, waited patiently for his wave and was blessed with a double overhead monster in the dying seconds of the heat.
The judges awarded him the Perfect 10, and he went on to post the highest two-wave score of the event in Round 2. The title was his.
"I'm really happy. Uluwatu is one of my favorite waves in the world. It is amazing to surf with local and international legends like Made Switra, Rizal Tandjung, Simon Anderson, Matt Hoy, and Jeff Hakman," expressed Jabrik.
2018 Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge | Results
1. Tipi Jabrik
2. Ryuki Waida