Lembongan Surf Team
The first contest held in Nusa Lembongan was in 1983; at “Tarsan’s Left” – now known as “Playgrounds” and was won by local surfer “Roger”. The event was organized by Paul Anderson from Australia; and along with Brian and George from Seal Rocks (Australia) they had collected about 17 surfboards to take to the island and donate to the under privileged children – thus beginning the Aloha spirit that would carry on through the years to come.
The Lembongan Surf Team was established in 2001 by Wayan Sujaya, Caron Farnham & Pedro after discussing the situation and fate to which the local surfers were faced with in regards to not only their own growth but that of the number of tourist surfers in their waters. We decided to unite the local surfers into “LST”.
LST is a sporting club which places an importance on academic achievement / schooling and family values; and mindful that they are also representatives of not just their island but their nation too – this in turn would help to nurture their self esteem and foster integrity into their daily lives.
Each year our local contest is generally held in the months of July or August and has 3 divisions, Masters, Open & Grommets – thus allowing the young to old, the beginner to the experienced surfer to compete in a family like environment that exudes excitement and joy and rewards to all. Thru-out the years we have been blessed by the support and donations from our local community and businesses; along with surf companies from Hawaii, Australia, Europe & international individuals; too more recently surf companies from Bali.
From the support and guidance from elders within our community; Wayan Ware, Agus Taci, Ibu Caron, Jenny & Gazza Midson, Rob & Annmaree Fairthweather, & Troy Sinclair – the level of surfing amongst our boys has risen to heights of seeing them compete successfully to becoming not only champions on the ISC Tour (Indonesian Surfing Championship) of Indonesia but also representing their country in the World Junior Championship held in New Zealand.
Many of our team members have travelled to places as far as, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand & USA; taking with them their island culture and spirit and returning with a new understanding of other life styles and languages to be shared with their fellow team mates – and in turn becoming respectful citizens and guides to foreign travelers and tourists to our beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan.
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