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Surfer Profile: Teiki Ballian

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PHUKET: Nearly 100 of the world’s top surfers are competing at the Quiksilver Thailand Surfing Competition at Patong Beach, Phuket.

Fraser Morton profiles a few of the big names at this year’s event.

Name: Teiki Ballian

Age: 26

From: Phuket, Indonesia (Six months here, six months there). He lives on his family’s surf charter yacht.

Division: Short Board and Open

Career Competitions: 20

Career Wins: 0 (Second place 1)

Favorite place to surf: Mentawai Islands

Fact: One of his nicknames is Teiki Airlines, so called because of his trademark aerial maneuvers.

Strange but true: Teiki has been known to surf in a pink Spiderman suit. Click here to see the video if you want to check it out.

His words: “I hope I win. There are a lot of professionals from Bali competing here. It’s going to be tough going.

“The conditions were very difficult on Thursday. The waves don’t have a lot of power. We’re trying the best we can in what we’ve got. We’re just hoping the swell picks up.”

— Fraser Morton

 

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