Dozens of women from within the country and abroad participated in a surfing activity entitled ‘Kartini Go Surf’ at Kuta Beach, Badung, Friday (16/4) morning.
Different from usual, they all surfed wearing kebaya in a surfing activity that was held in a series of commemoration of Kartini Day, April 21, 2021.
35 women were registered to take part in the ‘Kartini Go Surf’ event which was held on Kuta Beach, to be precise in front of the Wyndham Hotel, Friday morning starting at 10.00. They come from various countries, such as the United States, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and Indonesia.
Especially for participants from abroad, all of them are foreigners who are currently living temporarily in Bali during the Covid-19 pandemic. They surfed for an average of 30 minutes in the middle of the waves of Kuta Beach.
The head of the ‘Kartini Go Surf’ committee, Anak Agung Ayu Ngurah Tini Rusmini Gorda alias Gung Tini, explained that the activity of surfing using a kebaya was held in a series of Kartini Day commemoration. This event is also an event to promote safe Bali tourism amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Gung Tini, this activity is an effective event to promote tourism. This is because dozens of women from various countries who participate in this kebaya surfing are directly involved in promoting tourism through their respective social media. Their uploads can attract foreign tourists to visit Bali.
“Women from various countries who are involved in Kartini Go Surf activities have already stayed in Bali. However, of course, their existence can also have a positive impact in promoting Bali tourism in the future,” explained Gung Tini.
Gung Tini said that the committee targeted at least 50 people to participate in this kebaya surfing activity. However, only 35 people registered to participate until the D-day.
“We appreciate them because, during the Covid-19 pandemic, there were still those who participated in this event,” said the woman who is also the Chairperson of the Bali Province Indonesian Kebaya Women (PBI).
According to Gung Tini, Kartini Go Surf is not only used as a tourism promotion event. This is at the same time a campaign event for kebaya that can be used daily, including when exercising.
“We also teach that kebaya is not complicated and can be used for daily activities, such as surfing,” said the academic from Undiknas Denpasar.
Furthermore, said Gung Tini, his party hopes that in the future Indonesian kebaya can be designated by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. Therefore, various activities that involve women dressed in kebaya will continue to be intensified.
In August 2021, for example, fishing activities are scheduled for wearing a kebaya. According to Gung Tini’s version, the fishing activity which involves women wearing kebaya is planned to be carried out at Les Village Beach, Tejakula District, Buleleng.
Meanwhile, to fulfill the demand for kebaya in their daily activities, according to Gung Tini, his party has invited several designers to see the real conditions on the field when women surf wearing kebaya. “So that in the future designers can design kebaya models that are suitable for surfing. So, this event also attracts the existing potential, “said Gung Tini.
“We involve designers to see directly the conditions during surfing activities so that in the future there is a suitable model for each different activity.
With the creation of models, of course, it can create jobs there, “continued this female figure from Puri Gede Karangasem.
Meanwhile, a Kartini Go Surf participant, Jennifer, 28, said she was enthusiastic about surfing wearing this kebaya. According to Jennifer, this activity was very positive during the Covid-19 pandemic situation like now.
“I hadn’t been surfing for a long time. When there is an event like this, of course, it is very good. It’s quite busy and lots of people are involved. Hopefully, in the future the beach will start to be crowded again, “said this 28-year-old woman from Jakarta.
photo by Pikiran Rakyat