OAKLEY PRO BALI
26th – 27th June 2013
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Firstly a big hearty Congratulations to Joel “Parko” Parkinson for taking out the main event today.
Well I’ve finally got yesterdays 139 strong photo gallery that we balsted off over at the Oakley Pro yesterday the 26th in pretty well perfect Keramas. There’s not much more I can say except have a drool through the photos and see for yourselves just how good Keramas has been turning it on for the Pro’s. Ketut was over there again today for the final heats and has dropped another 700 photos on me to sift through and get out to ya’s so hang in there there’s more to come from the Oakley Pro Bali 2013.
Today’s surf check on the Outer Reefs here in Tuban was looking surfable around 7.30AM with 3-4ft waves breaking between Kuta Reef and Airport Left, and maybe even a few bigger bomb sets hitting Middle Reef. But it wasn’t long after this that the wind kicked in swirling around outta the West to South quadrants and turning it ugly. And right now at 5.20PM it’s still blowing hard outside.
Today’s weather was a bit like surfing conditions. Early morning had a mostly blue sky and a light and variable wind and shaping up for another typical type Bali day. But as the wind shifted to the WSW the black clouds rolled in and it’s been raining on and off all day.
Ok then here’s the official Press Release from Oakley.
JOEL PARKINSON WINS OAKLEY PRO BALI: FANNING NEW WORLD NO.1
KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Thursday, June 27, 2013) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, has won the inaugural Oakley Pro Bali over Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, via an impressive come-from-behind effort in four-to-six foot (2 metre) waves at the iconic Balinese righthander of Keramas.
Stop No. 5 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Oakley Pro Bali hosted a historic high-performance showdown including perfect heats and next level progression from the world’s best surfers, culminating with Parkinson’s hard-fought victory over Bourez in the Final.
Parkinson was quick to adapt to the changing conditions on the final day of action, besting fellow countrymen Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, and Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, en route to the Final. The natural-footer got off to a slow start on his road to victory, but an impressive series of fully-committed forehand combinations on a steep righthand wall would see the reigning ASP World Champion surpass the Tahitian in the final minutes for the win.
The Oakley Pro Bali marks Parkinson’s first ASP WCT victory of the season, vaulting the stylish Australian to No. 3 on the rankings and within striking distance of the 2013 ASP World Title
Michel Bourez attacked the flawless righthanders of Keramas with incredible power, besting two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and dangerous rookie Nat Young (USA), 22, on his way to the Final. Bourez would hold the lead throughout the majority of the Final, but was unable to block Parkinson’s late-heat charge, taking both a runner-up finish and the best ASP WCT result of his career.
Nat Young (USA), 22, ASP WCT Rookie, continued to impress in Bali, threading excellent barrels and igniting deadly backhand turns at Keramas en route to a Semifinals finish. The Santa Cruz native was on the way to his second Final appearance of the season, but was stopped short by a rampaging Michel Bourez, finishing equal 3rd overall.
Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, was deadly at the Oakley Pro Bali, reveling in the technical barrels and Balinese walls of Keramas. Kerr looked fit for a final following an incredible Quarterfinals victory over former ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33, but was unable to find a rhythm in his Semifinals match up against Parkinson, finishing equal 3rd. The result marks Kerr’s best result of the season.
With an equal 5th place finish at the Oakley Pro Bali, two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, has overtaken then rankings leader Kelly Slater (USA), 41, for the frontrunner position for the 2013 ASP World Title. While Fanning has been incredibly consistent throughout the season, he hopes to ramp up his performances through the back half of the year in an attempt to take a third crown.
Highlights from the Oakley Pro Bali are available via www.oakleyprobali.com
The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pro Teahupoo from August 15 – 26, 2013
TV NEWS FEEDS: Mandy McKinnon
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For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com.
OAKLEY PRO BALI FINAL RESULTS:?
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.86?2 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.67
OAKLEY PRO BALI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:?
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.43 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 5.33?
SF 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.97
OAKLEY PRO BALI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:?
QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.17 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 3.13?
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.44 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.83?
QF 3: Nat Young (USA) 17.03 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.57?
QF 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.27 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.50
ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Oakley Pro Bali):?
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 31,400 points?
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 30,950?
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 26,700?
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 25,200?
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 24,900
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