Rio Waida Wins Ballito Pro - Ranked #1 On Challenger Series
Indonesia’s number one surfer, Rio Waida, is now ranked #1 on the World Surf League’s Challenger Series after winning the Ballito Pro in South Africa.
The 22 year-old beat French surfer Gatien Delahaye in small onshore conditions at the beach break venue.
When asked how he feels about the victory, Rio draped in the Indonesia flag said “It’s crazy to win back-to-back ….I’m speechless, but I’m really happy”
On the next event in Huntington, California starting July 30th: “I’m going back home tomorrow and I’m going to start training again. I don’t want to win back-to-back and lose in the first round of the next event”
This is the second contest victory in a row for Rio, after winning in Sydney, Australia in May. With two wins from the 8 contest program, Rio is in an extremely strong position to become the first Indonesian ever to qualify for Championship Tour next year.