Written by: Wulan Agisti Ayunda
Title : Ocean Melody
Author: Gemala Hanafiah
Publisher : Gagasmedia
Year of Publication : 2014
Page : 273
Al told of the process she learned to surf from the beginning to several times won international or regional level competitions, which seemed full of joy even though in fact many grief too. From not being able to stand on the surfboard at Batukaras and his arm muscles aching because of a lot of paddling, to being a host on a walk and having to surf in front of a television camera, being paid as a rider too.
Al also explained many surf terms, such as paddle, right / left waves, gromm, and surfboard parts. I think it’s important because most readers of Indonesian books certainly don’t understand these terms. In addition, it is also good to be more familiar with the world of surfing. Although some of the explanations still make me confused (maybe I just a slow or already sleepy when reading), overall, really, understand. The presence of several illustrations is enough to help the explanation. One of them, an illustration that explains the names of surfboard parts.
By sharing his experiences in surfing, mostly in the Indonesian sea, there are three main things that Al seems to want to convey in this book. First, that the sea is not something to be feared. There are ways to be friends with the sea, for example by learning the right surfig, being honest with your own abilities, and not being perfect. Second, that we can achieve our dreams with serious efforts and strong desires, and are not afraid to face challenges so that our abilities increase. Third, that Indonesia is very fortunate to have many cool beaches with waves that tempt to invite to play.
Even though I don’t surf, and until now I honestly don’t intend to study, I enjoy reading Ocean Melody. A little bit of typo and incorrect grammar doesn’t really bother me. For me, Al told a lot of new things and reminded many things in this book, not only about surfing, but also about the condition of Indonesian tourism, achieving dreams, and most importantly, enjoying life!