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Mon, 28 May 2018

Cooking 6-8' surf greeted the surfers in the opening rounds of the Corona Bali Protected presented by Hurley at the righthander of Keramas yesterday, with both Saffas still in the game.

It's the halfway stage (stop 5 on the Tour) and Mikey February and Jordy Smith are looking good. Jordy is through to Round 3 after winning his opening heat on Day 1, while Mikey survived a tough encounter in the Round 2 elimination against giant killing Wade Carmichael, the 2018 rookie who has been turning heads, especially in Brazil recently when he finished runner-up at the Oi Rio Pro.

Flawless surf saw the completion of men’s Round 1 and six heats of elimination Round 2 before strong winds forced competition to be called off for the day.

Since becoming a full-time member of the ‘Dream Tour,’ Mikey has shown flashes of brilliance but has not been able to post a solid result. He took second in his Round 1 heat behind Owen Wright (AUS), relegating him to the Round 2 man-on-man heat. His bout against Carmichael suggested a tough encounter, with the young Aussie predicted to be a standout in the powerful walls of Keramas.

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BACK AND FORTH: Jordy Smith pulls off a slidy foamie over the top thing. Photo WSL / Cestari

However, with the wind starting to break down the ocean and the surf becoming funky, it was a low scoring affair and more a duel of who could find the longest wall with the best sections. In the end, it was the young Capetonian who got the winning score.

“I was pretty nervous in that heat coming up against Wade (Carmichael),” February said. ”This wave really suits his power and he’s been in really good form. As it’s my first year on tour I’m not putting too much pressure on myself to get massive results, but I’m really keen to move into Round 3 and beyond. A lot of the rookies this year are doing well so it would be good to make a few more heats and maybe this will be my opportunity.”

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BLUE HIGHWAY: Keanu Asing slows down on the bottom turn to set it up. Photo WSL / Cestari

Australian sensation and WSL wildcard Mikey Wright (AUS) took another massive scalp in Round 2 at Keramas, overcoming American World Title hope Kolohe Andino (USA) in a dominant performance. Andino failed to find a rhythm in the hollow conditions, while Wright couldn’t put a foot wrong, scooping into some of the best waves of the morning. Wright took the heat with a 14.17 heat total, the highest of the round so far.

“The conditions are so perfect this morning,” Wright said. “I was lucky enough to get a few really good waves and take the win. Every heat win on the CT is definitely good for my confidence. I really enjoy it over here in Bali and love traveling with my brother and sister (Owen and Tyler Wright). To do it year-round on the CT would be a dream and that is definitely my aim.”

Current World No. 2 Filipe Toledo (BRA) had a very close call in his Round 2 matchup against local wildcard Oney Anwar (IDN), who lead for the majority of the heat. With Anwar in total control, Toledo opted to go for a trademark air and backed it up with a series of turns to give himself the lead. Anwar waited with priority but was unable to find a reply and bows out in Equal 25th place.

“That was really close at the end because it took me a while to get in a rhythm,” said Toledo. “I knew it was going to be tough against Oney as he is a charger and so good in these types of hollow conditions. I’m just stoked to keep surfing in this event because the waves are so good -- it’s absolutely pumping out there.”

Another top seed who just snuck through elimination Round 2 was Brasilian Italo Ferreira (BRA), who was pushed to the brink by Hawaiian prodigy Barron Mamiya (HAW). Mamiya locked in some solid scores early with his effortless style in the tube, while Ferreira struggled to find a barrel that would let him out. Needing a good score in the final minutes, Ferreira scratched into a medium-sized set and pulled into the tube, only to come flying out and jam two solid turns, netting the required score and taking the win.

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CODE RED: Yago Dora was pulling into epic backhand barrels in Round 1. Photo WSL / Cestari

Adriano de Souza (BRA) took top honors in the first heat of the day, winning through to Round 3 by posting a pair of 7-point rides in what was a clinical performance. De Souza loves the waves here at Keramas, he even came all the way to Bali last year to compete in the QS 1,000 where he posted a perfect 20 out of 20 heat in the Quarterfinals.

“Getting barrelled is the thing I love most about surfing,” De Souza said. “Indonesia is one of my favorite places in the world. You just surf, eat, sleep and repeat. The people are amazing and the waves are like what you dream about. So I am very happy to be into Round 3.”

Surfline, WSL forecast partner, are calling for: Easing SSW swell tomorrow but still plenty of overhead waves in the tank, especially early. Then a fresh series of overlapping SSW-SW swells move in through the middle to end of the week with a long run of chest-head high to slightly overhead sets. More fun size SSW swell lines up for 5th-7th. Overall, expect surf to be best through first half of each morning with the more favorable tide/wind scenario.

Highlights available at www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App.

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ON TRACK: Mikey February is through to Round 3 after surviving Round 2. Photo WSL / Cestari

Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.77 def. Oney Anwar (IDN) 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 vs. 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

Upcoming Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 2 Matchups
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 9: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 10: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 12: Tomas Hermes (BRA) vs. Connor O'Leary (AUS)

Corona Bali Protected Women’s Pro Round 1 Matchups
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Caroline Marks (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), Carol Henrique (PRT)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 6: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)

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