- World Surf League: Corona Bali Protected Kicks Off at Keramas on Bali's East Coast in Indonesia
- The 5th stop on WSL Championship, Corona Bali Protected kicked off at Keramas, Bali in Indonesia on May 26, 2018.
This year, Women's Bali Corona Protected was added as the round 5 in Women's Championship Tour.
Courtney Conlogue (USA) is back to CT from her foot injury, who has canceled Bells, Margarets and Oi Rio Women's Pro.
Kelly Slater (USA) has again withdrawn. He expects to return to full competition mode in July, at the Corona Open J-Bay. Caio Ibelli (BRA) is out due to injury, as well.
In this event, Miguel Pupo (BRA), Mikey Wright (ASU) and to Indonesian Oney Anwar enter as wildcard.
Round 1 ran in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 - 2.4 metre) conditions.
2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson, who is back to this event, advanced directly to Round 3.
Oi Rio Pro winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) and runner-up Wade Carmichael (AUS) moved on to elimination Round 2, respectively.
Current point leader Julian Wilson (AUS) took down Connor O'Leary (AUS) and wildcard Oney Anwar (IND), and advanced to Round 3.
The 2018 CT Rookie Griffin Colapinto (USA) earned best score 8.50 of the day with air and advanced directly to Round 3.
The reigning Champion John John Florence (HAW) gained 8.17 with deep tube riding, moving on to Round 3.
Griffin Colapinto said;
"I've been waiting for a section to do an air like that all year. I'm glad the judges left room because I know I've got more to show and I don't want to peak too early . The first half of that heat I was struggling to find a good wave so was stoked to finally get in a rhythm. I know I can get big scores with moves like that which gives me confidence. This wave offers you a lot of options -- I love this place."
John John Florence said;
"The waves are firing right now. I've been watching it all morning and knew there were some bigger ones if you waited for them so I just sat and waited for the exact wave I wanted. Luckily when that big open one came when I had priority and it all worked out."
Julian Wilson said;
"I had a short amount of time in between Brasil and here so didn't really surf. I just spent time with my family and recharged which was so nice. It's good to be back in the water and especially here at Keramas, it's going to be a good week with no shortage of swell. There is almost too much swell today but it is still a lot of fun out there."
Joel Parkinson said;
"It was definitely tricky to know what waves were going to be good out there. All three of us made a few mistakes on wave choice which can be the case in the first heat of the day. There is definitely some sick waves coming through and I was hoping to snag one but i'm just happy to get the job done. I chose to ride a quad fin set up (four fins as opposed to three) as it's what I rode here in 2013 and it worked well then for me -- they're just great in a barreling wave like this."
Corona Bali Protected Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.37, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 10.10, Keanu Asing (HAW) 7.17
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.17, Michael February (ZAF) 9.74, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.57
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.17, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 8.00, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 4.16
Heat 4: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.94, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.46, Mikey Wright (AUS) 5.84
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 5.60, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 2.97, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 2.07
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.50, Connor O'Leary (AUS) 6.44, Oney Anwar (IND) 6.27
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.77, Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.66, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 2.73
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10, Joan Duru (FRA) 13.04, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 8.33
Heat 9: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.07, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.83, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.40
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.16, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 8.57, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.67
Heat 11: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.84, Frederico Morais (PRT) 6.44, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 4.83
Heat 12: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.76, Yago Dora (BRA) 2.17
Corona Bali Protected Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.77 def. Oney Anwar (IND) 11.00
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.84 def. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 11.14
Heat 3: Mikey Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.83
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.90 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.76
Heat 5: Michael February (ZAF) 9.56 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 6.73
Heat 6: Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.47 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.00
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.07 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 8.43
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.94 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 7.00
Heat 9: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.33 def. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 10.56
Heat 10: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 15.57 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 8.67
Heat 11: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.40 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 11.27
Heat 12: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.66 def. Connor O'Leary (AUS) 11.34
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- source : World Surf League