- World Surf League: Lakey Peterson and Italo Ferreira Win Corona Bali Protected at Keramas in Bali
- The 5th stop on WSL Championship, Corona Bali Protected watched Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Lakey Peterson (USA) won at Keramas in Bali on June 3, 2018.
Both surfers took the second victory of the 2018 season, respectively. And both came back to number one on the Jeep Leaderboard 2018.
In the Final, Italo Ferreira and Michel Bourez (PYF) competed. Italo Ferreira defeated Jordy Smith (ZAF) with 17.13 points including Perfect 10 in the Semifinal. While Michel Bourez (PYF) took down wildcard Mikey Wright (AUS) with 14.27 points in Heat 1 of the Semifinal. Unfortunately, Mikey Wright could not get a miracle again.
Italo Ferreira showcased powerful surfing and earned 7.17, 7.76, 8.50, 9.27 and 9.60 points. He completely beat Michel Bourez. Nobody could not stop him.
After the Final, Italo Ferreira said;
"It's really cool to get back the Jeep Leader Jersey," Ferreira said. "There's a lot more steps I need to take to win the World Title, so I will enjoy this moment, but I want to win more. The CT is full of amazing surfers, but I am feeling confident and I want to keep the momentum and extend my lead.
This wave is perfect; it reminds me of my homebreak. I have been paddling out when it's dark every day because I love this wave and I want to get as many as I can. It was such a perfect day. Michel (Bourez) is a real power-surfer -- probably the best on Tour -- so I knew I needed to be at my best to win. Luckily for me, I found some good waves and was able to show my surfing."
Runner-up Michel Bourez said;
"It was a shame that the waves slowed down on Finals Day, but I'm still really happy. It was cool to come up against Italo (Ferreira) in the Final. He has been ripping all week. He and I have been the first ones in the water every morning and been on the same program. He is such a good guy, so I'm really stoked for him. A Final result is good but second is not enough. Winning would have really pushed me further on the rankings, but I can't go backwards so it's all good. I feel good heading to Uluwatu now. I'm really feel comfortable here in Bali. It's feels similar to my island home in Tahiti."
Meanwhile, in Women's Final, Lakey Peterson (USA) and Tyler Wright (AUS) fought.
Lakey Peterson gained 8.33 points of her first wave. Afterwards, she gained 6.00 points and led the Heat.
Tyler Wright (AUS) received 7.17 points in second half of the Heat. But she still needed to win by more 7.17 points. In one minutes remaining, she showed good surfing on her last wave. She earned 6.57 points, but it was not enough to win. Lakey Peterson confirmed her second victory in the sea.
After the Final, Lakey Peterson said;
"I'm over the moon. This is just so crazy. Seeing Steph (Gilmore) win in Brasil really lit a fire in me, and I came here and knew what I had to do. I've just been keeping calm all week. This is a really long year, so it's been fun to be a part of it so far. To have a Final against Tyler (Wright) was cool. She's been surfing so well and when she took off on that last wave, I was so nervous and didn't know if she'd get the score. In the end it worked out for me. That chair up the beach was so cool. There are people dancing everywhere. This is crazy.
"Getting the Jeep Leader Jersey back is amazing. We are all here to have that on our back. I had it for a short second at Bells, then Steph has had it since, so it is nice to get it back from her and feel like the momentum is still with me. Everyone is surfing so well that it won't be easy to keep. I just want to play my own game and almost act like I'm coming from behind still. I just want to enjoy every moment. I'd love to thank my fiance, my mum and my family for everything. It's been a crazy few years and it feels like this year everything is coming together."
Runner-up Tyler Wright said;
"It's been a great contest, we've had great waves and the level of surfing has been really high. I've been watching Lakey (Peterson) all week and I knew she would be tough to beat. She got that 8.33 early in the Final and the waves slowed down and I couldn't catch her. I am happy with my performance this week, and I'm looking forward to going to the Uluwatu CT and doing it all over again."
Corona Bali Protected Final Results:
F 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.87 Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.83
Corona Bali Protected Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.27 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 5.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.13 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.93
Women's Corona Bali Protected Final Results:
F 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.33 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.74
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- source : World Surf League