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Mon, 11 June 2018

Sparks flew at the Uluwatu racetrack as Johanne Defay and Willian Cardoso took the honours in the Margie Pro replacement event, with Jordy Smith knocked out in the quarters.

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FIGHTING FORM: Mikey February had to surf against compatriot Jordy Smith. Photo WSL / Cestari

Cranking 4-6' surf gave everyone a second chance on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula after the Margaret River Pro was cancelled last month, with competition resuming where it had left off, Round 3 for the men and the quarter-finals for the women in the simply named Uluwatu CT. In a marathon surf day, competition began just after sunrise and ended just before sunset.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for South African surfing fans when Jordy Smith and Mikey February were pitted against each other. A South African was assured to win, but one had to lose. Jordy pulled it off comfortably with a 7.83 and a 7.50, while Mikey could only muster a total of 7.26. The win put Jordy into the relative comfort of the three-man Round 4, where two go through to the quarters. There he came undone against world title threat and eventual runner-up Julian Wilson (AUS).

However, things are looking up for Jordy, with his home leg next up. After three 13ths in a row, a 3rd and now a 5th have shot him to #8. A good result at J-Bay could be just the inspiration he needs.

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BIG MAN SMALL TUBE: Jordy has moved to #8 in the world rankings. Photo WSL / Sloane

Meanwhile, Mikey Feb can take inspiration from another rookie, Cardoso (BRA), who was in sublime form over the two days of competition. In the final Wilson kept busy but struggled to find waves of substance whereas Cardoso picked off set waves to post a 15.57. Cardoso competed on the CT in 2015 as injury replacement, but at 32-years-old is a rookie this season after a long Qualifying Series campaign. The Santa Catarina local rockets 11 spots up the Jeep Leaderboard, from 16th to 5th.

The women’s final was a goofy versus natural foot battle when Defay took on 2018’s most consistent surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) at Ulus racetrack. Weston-Webb looked in control of the 35-minute final as Defay failed to take the lead. In the final minute, Defay found a set and narrowly edged Weston-Webb by 0.46 points to take her first CT win since the Fiji Pro in 2016. With the third CT victory of her career, Defay moves into 5th on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Although Weston-Webb lost, her campaign in Bali has been powerful. She took down Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the semis at Uluwatu and in the quarters at Keramas. Weston-Webb’s second runner-up finish for 2018 solidifies her 3rd ranking on the Jeep Leaderboard.

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REPLACEMENTS: Willian Cardosa and Johanne Defay won the Uluwatu event Photo WSL / Cestari

On his way to the Final, Cardoso needed to overcome the rampant wildcard Mikey Wright (AUS), who continued his history-making run at the elite level, finishing equal 3rd at the Uluwatu CT. All year, Wright has been known for big upsets against top seeds, and he continued the trend by taking down 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA). Wright now sits 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard and looks a cert to qualify for the 2019 CT as a full-time competitor.

Next stop J-Bay! The CT moves to the Corona Open J-Bay from July 2, 2018 for the men's and July 6, 2018 for the women's, a historic event for the women. Perhaps this time they won't get sent out in three foot devils wind-chop closeouts on the bricks.

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THE RACETRACK: Fast and hollow, Uluwatu was a suitable replacement. Photo WSL / Cestari

Uluwatu CT Men’s Final
1 - Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.57
2 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.43

Uluwatu CT Women’s Final
1 - Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.13
2 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12.67

Uluwatu CT Men’s Semifinal
SF1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.83 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.53
SF2: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.77 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 13.16

Uluwatu CT Men’s Quarterfinal
QF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.33 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 11.83
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.20 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.50
QF 3: Mikey Wright (AUS) 11.13 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.90
QF 4: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.24 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.67

Uluwatu CT Women’s Quarterfinal
QF1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.66
QF2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.83 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 7.64
QF3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 6.97
QF4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.50 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.84

Uluwatu CT Men’s Round 4
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.34 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 8.47
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.13 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 13.04, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.50
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.07 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.66, Connor O'Leary (AUS) 14.63
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.50 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 8.83, Joan Duru (FRA) 7.44

Uluwatu CT Men’s Remaining Round 3
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.54 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 11.83
Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.67 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.70
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)* (Wright thru as Florence injured)

Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (after Uluwatu CT)
1 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 27,215 pts
2 - Filipe Toledo (BRA) 25,900 pts
3 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 24,995 pts
4 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 20,990 pts
5 - Willian Cardoso (BRA) 19,740 pts

Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (after Uluwatu CT)
1 - Lakey Peterson (USA) 35,630 pts
2 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 35,575 pts
3 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 29,160 pts
4 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 24,800 pts
5 - Johanne Defay (FRA) 22,305 pts

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