You Are Here: Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea, Undefeated Surf Champion of Indonesia

posted by / Blogs / December 21, 2012

Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea
Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea


You Are Here, Nathan Myers

Interview by Nathan Myers

She is the Kelly Slater of Asian Women’s Surfing. If that says anything.

It doesn’t. Since there aren’t really that many Asian women competitive surfers out there.

But this is how it starts. One pioneer forging the way for others. And when it comes to Asian women’s surfing (in case you were worried), Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea is that pioneer.

The 31-year-old surfer from the village of Nias, off Sumatra has won every single Indonesian Women’s Championship (five in a row) and the Asian Women’s Surfing title as well. To list her contest wins is basically to list the all the contests that have ever been.

Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration.

She got 2nd, like, once.

Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea

SURFING: Is it lonely being an Indonesian woman surfer?
GEA: Yes! In Nias, where I grew up, there aren’t any other girls brave enough to surf. I started with a friend, but she moved to Australia. But I have lot of guy friends to surf with.

Why don’t more Indonesian women surf?
Because they are scared of getting a tan. They think they will never find a husband if their skin is too black.

Have you seen an increase since you started?
It has grown a bit in the last few years. Some just hang out at the beach, which is surprising too. I guess these ones realize that black is beautiful.

Where would they get that idea?
Western influence. TV and other media. I guess because it’s the 21st century and people are opening their minds to new things and respecting our culture at the same time. Women’s surfing could still use some better representation in Indonesia, like maybe a Miss Indonesia going surfing or a female president. I think if they had more prize money for the women people might see it as a real goal. Women here are still traditional.

Do you get respect from the men on tour here?
The guys are good and treat me with respect when we travel. I like traveling with the Billabong team because I trust them and know they’ve got my back in unknown areas.

What are you future plans for surfing?
To win more contests. [Laughs] I really enjoy traveling, and the competition gets better every year, so I need to stay in shape to keep up with the upcoming stars.

Hopeful thinking. Be careful what you wish for. And Salamat Natal.

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  • Johnson

    Gea rips.

  • Greg

    If she had the right sponsor she could win the world title!!!

  • phil

    i really enjoy this article =) thank you

  • Idam brown

    I’m very proud of you Bonne….we were started together, and you still follow your dream,good on you….I wish all the best for you,and thanks for mention about me moving to Australia….

  • Nur Harefa

    Good on ya Bonne, I am very proud of you. We always waiting for you come to surf here in Port Campbell Vic, lots of places Bagus Ombak sorrounded, You are awsome.Nur&Smiley(abou galogo)

  • wear

    Bonne!!:) she is really a great surfer and very humble nice girl. i like her personality. she love surf and so easy to close;) she is a real sufer girl:)