April 21, Keramas-Bali: Round 1 of the Quiksilver Open at Keramas presented by Jim Beam got started right at 7 am as the sun was just starting to break through some early morning clouds. The wind was slightly offshore, as you could see from the Roxy flags that were reading upside down. The early surf was a bit smaller than the previous day, with less barrels but still very rippable, and got more consistent with the rising tide. The first heat was a bit slow, but by the second heat things settled down to a regular pattern with plenty of waves to go around.
Standouts were young Agus Frimanto from Nusa Lombongan, who thoroughly seemed to enjoy hacking away at the lip, Cimaja’s Dede Suryana who is always so much fun to watch as he has so many polished maneuvers, and again our “old” favorite Ketut Menda, who pulled into a superlong barrel in Round 1 that got him a score of 9 (out of 10), the highest wave score of the day and a 14 + point total score, the highest heat score of the day also.
The wind started to blow onshore around 11 as the tide started dropping out, but unlike the previous day the wind never got too strong and the sets continued to stay around 3 foot.
So the first two rounds of surfing has been completed, and the crew that made it through the day will meet the top ranked seeds in Round 3 tomorrow. Good luck boys!!!!
The surf should stay the same or may be a touch bigger (hopefully) tomorrow, so we should see some more great action for Round 3 and the Quarterfinals starting at 7 am on Tuesday morning.