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Indonesian Surf Star Dazzles on the Silver Screen

Mengejar Ombak, the documentary about Dede Suryana, a young surfer from a West Java village who became an international star, has just won two awards at X-Dance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, a sports documentary festival that runs in conjunction with Sundance Film Festival.

Big congratulations to Jakarta-based director Dave Arnold – this has been a labour of love many years in the making, and all the hard work has resulted in an excellent and thoughtful film that explores the journey of a very special kampung kid thrust into the international surfing spotlight.

Click here to view the trailer and read the article about the film that Dave wrote for Kabar back in 2007. Premieres are planned soon for several locations in Indonesia – we’ll keep you posted!

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Mengejar Ombak wins 2 Awards at X-Dance

Trailer for Mengejar Ombak, the documentary film about Indonesian surfing star Dede Suryana that recently had its international premiere at X-Dance Film Festival in Utah and won two awards, for Original Music Score and Emerging Filmmaker. In 2007, director Dave Arnold shared his aspirations for the film (and made a polite request for funding) in [...]

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Beguiled by Becaks

Tim Hannigan explores Surabaya on three wheels.

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The Great Banten Beach Hunt

Somewhere out there, it had to exist. Somewhere, while Jakarta steamed, warm blue water lapped cream-coloured sand. Somewhere along the jungled coast between Anyer and Pelabuhan Ratu, within a few hours’ drive of Jakarta, it had to exist. We wanted to find it.

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My Surabaya Sun

Shaianne Osterreich shares her fondness for East Java’s coastal capital…

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Mengejar Ombak

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Mengejar Ombak now in cinemas!

Mengejar Ombak, the award-winning documentary about Indonesian surfing sensation Dede Suryana, is on general release at Blitz Megaplex, Grand
Indonesia starting May 6, 2009, followed by Paris Van Java, Bandung, from May 13 onwards.

After the film’s success at the prestigious X-Dance Film Festival in
Utah, USA, winning awards for Best Emerging Filmmaker (for Dave Arnold and Tyrone Lebon) and Best Original Score, ‘Mengejar Ombak’ is finally hitting the big screen in Indonesia. The documentary feature offers a close and personal insight into the life of the young and talented Indonesian surfer, Dede Suryana (current Indonesian surf champion and 2-time Gold medallist at the Asian Beach Games). The film follows Dede as he embarks on his first serious season on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) – where he has been touted to become the first Asian to qualify for the World Championship Tour (WCT).

Wall Street Institute is giving away freebies with every ticket bought, and purchasers of 4 tickets or more are eligible for some great prizes from resort stays to Hurley gear. Spread the word!

See the trailer here:

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