Check Out: I Made “Garut” Widiarta

Age: 17

Height: 5’5″

Weight: 110 lbs.

Hometown: Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Sponsors: Rip Curl, DaKine, TSSC Surfboards

Garut has always lived in the heart of Kuta Beach, Bali. He’s seen the good times-and the bad times-that have shaped the place over the years. However, no matter what goes down in the streets of Kuta, Garut’s dedication is to surfing. That’s where he expresses himself.

In 2004, Garut placed third in the Indonesian Surfing Championship Series and also qualified for the International Rip Curl GromSearch finals in Australia, where he surfed in a wetsuit for the first time in his life. This year, he will go to Japan and Australia, and spend his third season on the North Shore of O’ahu, and he’s constantly pushing me for more travel budget. Garut is out there for experience, but at the same time, he wants to show the world that Indo is the place to look for future champions.-Clemens Berger