- World Surf League: Women's Corona Bali Protected Kicks Off at Keramas in Bali
- The 5th stop on WSL Championship, Women's Corona Bali Protected kicked off at Keramas, Bali in Indonesia on May 29, 2018.
This women's event took place in Bari for the first time in WSL history.
The Round 1 and Round 2 ran in three-to-five foot (1.3 - 1.8 metre) waves.
Courtney Conlogue (USA) is back to CT from her foot injury on this event since Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Carol Henrique (PRT) participated in the event as wildcard.
In Round 1, 6-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) earned 9.00 with tube riding and Silvana Lima (BRA) earned the highest score 9.13 of the day.
Heat 6 of Round 1 was a close game with Malia Manuel (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (ASU) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS).
Sally Fitzgibbons gained 8.10 and 7.87 with a total of 14.97, she seemed to win. But Malia Manuel received 8.17 with her last wave, she made a comeback to win with a total of 15.00.
Unfortunately, comeback Courtney Conlogue could not win, who left the event in Round 2.
Stephanie Gilmore said;
"I've been dreaming of getting barrelled here in a contest for a long time, it was a really nice way to start the event. I was sitting out there and a plastic straw floated past, so I grabbed it and put it in my pocket. I've been talking a lot with friends about how useless straws are, then I picked one up in the middle of my heat. If you see any plastic in the ocean or on the beach it's important to pick it up. It's obviously a much bigger issue, but we can all do our part to help protect the ocean."
Silvana Lima said;
"I was just relaxing when I heard that there was three minutes to go in Heat 4 and that I was up next! I thought I was in Heat 6, but luckily I was able to get out there quickly and get some good waves and won the heat. I love Bali! I'm so happy to be here and I hope I get to surf more perfect waves in my next heat."
Malia Manuel said;
"I'm loving my time in Bali so far! This is the first event in Bali for the women's tour and I think today shows why we all have wanted to come here for so long. The waves have been perfect and the level of surfing from everyone has been super high."
Women's Corona Bali Protected Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.00, Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.10, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.74
Heat 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 16.00, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12.90, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 1.80
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.46, Carol Henrique (PRT) 7.06
Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.60, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.60, Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.57
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.73, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.93, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.17
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.00, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.97, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.90
Women's Corona Bali Protected Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.20 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 8.37
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.34 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.56
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.83 def. Carol Henrique (PRT) 7.77
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.83 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.67
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12.00 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.00
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.33 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.24
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- source : World Surf League