The Oakley Pro Bali resumed competition yesterday and the world-class Balinese righthander of Keramas delivered barreling six-to-eight foot waves for the elimination Round 3.
Event No 5 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Oakley Pro Bali endured four lay days of small surf before Keramas reawakened today and the world’s best surfers threaded barrels, lofted airs and executed turns, whittling the event’s original 36-man field down to the final 12.
Reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No 7 Joel Parkinson, put on a clinic in his morning bout against an on-fire Damien Hobgood (USA), 33, amassing an excellent 18.60 out of a possible 20 for flawless barrel-riding and searing carves. ‘That was really really fun’, said Parkinson. ‘We had non-stop waves for the heat and were just going back-and-forth on exchanges. I’ve been coming to Keramas for years and it’s one of my favourite waves in the world. The conditions this morning were absolutely incredible – sheet glass and big barrels. You can’t really ask for much more.’
John John Florence (USA), 20, in only his second event back since an injury at the opening event of the year saw him absent from the tour until last week in Fiji. Florence once again teed off against Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, and used his preternatural barrel sense and progressive power surfing to take the win and advance into Round 3.
Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No 1, followed suit with a win over local standout Putra Hermawan (IDN), 20, but one that was a departure from the icon’s characteristic dominance in similar conditions. ‘It was a frustrating heat for me’, said Slater. ‘There weren’t a lot of opportunities and the few that came through, he (Hermawan) had them. I was lucky that he didn’t end up taking advantage of them. When it’s stop and go like that, you have to use what you have so I ended up taking a lot of smaller waves and building some medium scores. Turned out to be enough, but yeah, definitely frustrating with the kinds of waves that have been coming through out here today.’
Following a pristine morning of freight train barrels, the dropping tide and afternoon winds shifted the performance focus from tube-riding to turns and aerials in the latter half of the round.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, current ASP WCT No 5, flew the South American flag high today, besting dangerous backhander Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 24, during a round that saw the elimination of three of his fellow Brazilians.
Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, demolished the rippable afternoon conditions, blending powerful carves with explosive fin-free surfing to post a 16.94 and eliminate South American upstart Gabriel Medina (BRA), 19, in Round 3 of competition.
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 31, closed out the day’s events with a major upset in his elimination of event favourite and current ASP WCT No 3 Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25.
Patacchia would claim the sole goofy-foot over natural-foot victory today in conditions that most pundits would have given the advantage to the South African.
When competition resumes, up first will be Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, in Heat 1 of Round 4.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Oakley Pro Bali are calling for:
The current SW swell will continue on Wednesday. A larger SSW swell will build in through Thursday afternoon before gradually easing Friday. A new, long period SW swell will gradually build through Saturday as the old SSW swell fades.
OAKLEY PRO BALI ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.17
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.67
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 18.26
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.70 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 6.77
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 16.07 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.87
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.96 def. Putra Hermawan (IDN) 8.90
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.53 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 9.73
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.74 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.94
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.10 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 15.03
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.73 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.67
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.94 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.94
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.34
UPCOMING OAKLEY PRO BALI ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
From the ASP webste: www.aspworldtour.com