Day 2 of the Billabong Pro Junior Asia Grade 5 ASP contest today at Keramas Beach in Gianyar saw Gazali Hamzah (Sumbawa) and Putu Anggara (Bali) winning their Round 2 heats today to advance and join the top seeded surfers of the event in Round 3, which includes fellow Indonesians Agus Frimanto, Putra Hermawan, and Mahardika Alit. Round 3 is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 7 am.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s Indonesian standouts Kadek Julyarta and Ida Bagus Simarai both lost today, as did Sandi Slamet and Darmaputra Tonjo.
The 16 heats of Round 2 were run today in excellent 3-4 foot waves and near perfect weather conditions with calm to just slightly onshore winds for the majority of the day. Even with the ride running out for most of the day’s competition, the waves cooperated nicely and the wind stayed away making for a lot of high performance surfing.
The last heat of the day was one of the most sensational, with South African Beyrik De Vries going mental on wave after wave in the tricky low tide conditions, posting some of the highest scores of the day. He easily won the heat, having caught 14 waves by the time the horn blew.
The swell is predicted to remain much the same as today, and with any luck the wind conditions of today will be repeated tomorrow thereby allowing another full day of surfing and completing Round 3. This will set things up nicely for only surfing the best waves during the remainder of the competition as things winds down towards the business end of things.
The Billabong Pro Junior Asia runs from July 21-28 at Keramas Beach in Bali, and has the top pro juniors from Australia, Japan, Brazil, Philippines, South Africa, New Zealand, and Hawaii in Bali to compete for their share of the USD 25,000 in prize money as well as well as ASP Pro Junior Championship points.
The Indonesian surfers will also receive points towards their rankings in the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Pro Junior Division.