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Watch: Vans Stab High Indonesia, Presented By Monster Energy, Episode 3

The Rotation Round commences after a sudden-death surf-off.

cinema // Nov 11, 2022
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Ever been in an Indonesian standoff? Rasta Robb and Noa Deane have.

As you may have seen in Episode 2 of Vans Stab High Indonesia Presented by Monster Energy (VSHIPBME), the two wildly contrasting surfers landed very comparable straight airs — our judges couldn’t parse them.

For your viewing pleasure — and to avoid making an impossible decision — we sentenced Noa and Robbie to a straight air death-match to decide who’d advance to the rotation round. Apparently, Rasta Robb was so nervous the night before that he tried, unsuccessfully, to sleep at 6pm. 

Did his strategy work? You’re about to find out.

Moments before an honorable duel. All photos: Jimmy Wilson

Per our new format, Episode 3 is all about rotations, which has one fairly obvious rule: you’ve gotta spin to win. Straight airs done in a heat won’t count toward anything besides a potential Monster Air entry. Only rotations — reverses, alley-oops, backflips, shuv-its, barney rolls, etc. — will be considered viable maneuvers to advance surfers into the final. 

We opened Episode 3 with a Periscopes freesurf session, where a semi-retired Josh Kerr managed to out-perform every surfer in the event. We then followed up with a round of Ladybirds spins, and watched the gals fight fin and rail for their spots in the final.

Quincy Symonds understood the assignment.

We won’t go any further into detail about the men’s rotation round, as the footage does all the talking. All we’ll say is the judging decisions weren’t easy, courtesy of a pulsing swell and our very committed surfers. 

In addition to the horizon-shattering airs, we’ve got more candid content from our surfers, and Mikey C bets his sunglasses on a certain in-form regular footer. Tune in above for Episode 3 of Vans Stab High Indonesia Presented by Monster Energy, and hang on to your squid lids.

Dakoda Walters amidst a very memorable pirouette.

Episode 4 of VSHIPBME, drops Thursday, November 17 at 6pm PT.

You can watch Episode 1 here and Episode 2 here.


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