Bali: 31st July 08
Round Two of Rip Curl Pro Search Starts off At â€œPrimary Locationâ€
Today in Solid Six Foot Surf
31 July, Somewhere, Bali: After an amazing start to the Rip Curl Pro
Search at the â€œsecondaryâ€ location yesterday, Round Two returned to
the â€œprimaryâ€ location today where the early morning light illuminated
a virtually picture perfect scene of 6 foot lines rolling in and
caroming off the reef.
Heat One kicked off at 8 am just short of high tide with local
wildcard Komang â€œGogoâ€ Sujaya taking on Taj Burrow. Komang seemed a
bit nervous after Taj got right to work and smacked the hell out of
the lip off of his first wave scoring well. Gogo was reluctant to
take any big chances at the start, but eventually he got a few and
performed very well, but Taj had him on the ropes early and it was too
far to go for a comeback.
The bigger sets were swinging wide or breaking too fast, so wave
selection throughout the morning was critical, even for the top
surfers in the world. Luckily there were several Sea Doo Jet Skiâ€™s
that would come in and pick the surfers up and take them back out to
the lineup, as the current was running very strong and would have made
it a 5-10 minute paddle after each wave!
Next up was one of the most exciting heats yet. Bede Durbidge, who is
ranked Number Two now and is having a great year, took on Rip Curl
Australiaâ€™s wildcard entry Owen Wright. Bede had the heat will in
hand and Owen on the ropes, when Owen incredibly nailed a 9.63 right
in front of Bede to lead. To make it an epic, Bede came right back on
the next wave with a 9.63 of his own to put the heat away! Was really
fun to watch.
Then Rip Curl Indoâ€™s wildcard Made â€œGarut Widiarta got his chance to
see if he could best Adriano De Sousa in Heat Three. He got off to a
good start with his first wave and had the lead. After he fell trying
to find his way out of a barrel on his second wave, Adriano got to
work with a short barrel and a couple of hacks to take the lead.
Garutâ€™s rhythm seemed to get thrown off then, for he fell doing a turn
on his next wave and then was out of position for most of the rest of
the head, while Adriano went to work racking up more points and
winning the heat convincingly.
Another great heat to watch was Bobby Martinez against Bruno Santos.
Bobby locked into several super deep tubes and just when you thought
he would get toasted he somehow rocketed out the end. He has surfed
here several times before, so he knew what he had to doâ€¦and he did it!
At 12 noon, MC Mark â€œBungaâ€ Clift called a 1.5 hour break to let the
conditions settle after a couple of slow heats with less than perfect
waves coming through. Then at 1:30 it was called back on but only two
more heats were run before Contest Director Damian Hardeman called it
off again for the day.
The crew was told to standby on Friday morning in hopes that the
conditions will allow the completion of Round Two.
Thatâ€™s our report for today from the Coca-Cola ISC tour, who is
supporting the Rip Curl Pro Search by providing staff and Coca-Cola
and Powerade drinks to the surfers, staff, and media.
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