KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Tuesday, June 25, 2013) – The Oakley Pro Bali completed round three of the ASP, World Championship Tour event today in firing 6 foot plus (2 metre) barrels at Keramas on the East Coast of Bali.
Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) saw the worlds best lift their performance levels at one of the best right hand reef breaks on the planet. Deep tube rides and gouging rail-to-rail turns on offer all day.
The fast breaking barrels of Keramas were on tap for world champion Joel Parkinson’s round three, match-up against American veteran Damien Hobgood (USA). The pair traded barrel blows in perfect, pulsing conditions with Parkinson progressing by less than one point over his opponent in the high scoring match-up.
Parkinson said conditions were epic.
Fellow Gold Coaster Josh Kerr (Aus) also relished the surging swell in the following heat of round three easily defeating Brazilian rookie Filipe Toledo (BRZ) in a one-sided affair.
The exciting match-up between John John Florence (Haw), 20, and fellow Hawaiian Sebastian Zietzs, 25, saw the fast and fluid Florence use better wave selection to open with an 8.67 (out of a possible 10) to dominate the hard fought heat from the outset.
Zietz instantly on the back foot after breaking his board on his opening ride.
A fast and fluid Florence admitted to some nerves.
Zietz said he struggled to find rhythm.
A late fall by Indonesian wildcard Putra ‘Pulu’ Hermawan (IDN), on a potentially high scoring ride, saw current world no.1 Kelly Slater (USA), 41, survive a challenge by local Balinese charger in their inconsistent, round three heat. Eleven-time world champion Slater, remained within striking distance of Hernawan who required a achievable 7.00 score to advance on the siren.
Slater admitted to being frustrated.
Hermawan who finished equal 13th overall – the highest ever placing by an Indonesian surfer in an ASP, World Championship Tour event – said to surf against Slater was a dream come true.
World no.4 Taj Burrow (Aus), 35, dominated the days opening heat to barrel his way into round four and cause the elimination of Miguel Pupo (BRZ). No stranger to the fast-breakng waves of Keramas, Burrow used fluid positioning to finish with a heat total of 15.83 to his opponents 9.17 heat total.
Burrow said he was excited by the coming forecast.
Highlights from the Oakley Pro Bali will be available via www.oakleyprobali.com
Surfline, official forecasters for the Oakley Pro Bali are calling for:
A series of solid SW to SSW swells will move in over the final several days of the waiting period: the surf will build through Tuesday and hold Wednesday. A larger SSW swell will build in Thursday before gradually easing Friday. The best wind/conditions for Keramas will occur Tue-Thur as well, before stronger onshore ESE/SE wind develops in the afternoons Friday and Saturday.
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 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.94
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12:50 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), Frederick Pattachia