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The Inspiring Story
of Oney Anwar

Chasing the Dream tells an inspiring story of Oney Anwar and his
relentless pursuit to become Indonesia’s most respected surfer


We follow Oney’s rise from humble beginnings in the surf-drenched jungles of Lakey Peak to winning comps in Australia and the World Championship Tour.

Oney hails from a small coastal village in rural Sumbawa where his local beach is home to some of Indonesia’s best and most challenging waves. This famous surf break delivers time and time again, and churns out some of the hottest young surfers around.

Discovered by explorers in the eighties, Lakey Peak has become THE surf destination on the island of Sumbawa.

Encouraged and mentored by a team of international surfing superstars, Oney picks up a board at the age of seven and is dominating his local break in no time.

By the age of nine, Oney’s childhood dream is already gaining momentum. Armed with a board given to him by a tourist, passing through Lakey Peak, Oney leaves Sumbawa for Bali where he is immediately tossed into the crazy world of Kuta.

Within months of moving to Bali, Oney has become a competitive surfer on the national circuit. But competing is just the first step, in order to continue his unique journey; Oney is going to need a sponsor.

Doug Warbrick, founder of Rip Curl, has no trouble spotting the young surfer’s incredible talent, and he offers Oney the chance of a lifetime.

With his family’s blessing, Oney leaves his Muslim island home and moves to the Gold Coast of Australia in 2007, as part of Rip Curl’s International Grommet development program.

Once on the Gold Coast, things really start to roll for Oney. Mentored by World Champion, Mick Fanning, Oney starts winning major events.

In 2012, Oney is chosen to represent his country and travels to a recently discovered ‘river bore wave’ in Northern Sumatra to shoot a campaign. Stunning surf footage, mystical Indonesian islands, and a boy with a ton of talent blend seamlessly together in this visually spectacular documentary about Oney Anwar.