Day three of the Oakley Pro World Tour Surfing event dawned much the same as the previous two days. Warm and glassy, with pulsing seas. Contest director Tommy Whittaker sent out the remaining heats of the second round to enjoy the morning high tide barrels. Travis Logie was supposed to be in the first heat of the day but he was in California, recuperating after being bashed into a Fiji reef the week previous, picking up a nasty staph infection in the process. His replacement was local Indonesian surfer Putra Hermawan, who won the heat against Brett Simpson and advanced through to the third round, making him the most successful Indonesian surfer in a WCT event ever.
Morning high tide barrels – Photo by Hennings
In the second heat, Australian Matt Wilkinson on his backhand narrowly beat Kolohe Andino amongst the A-frame peaks that were booming through before the onshore started puffing, and with the forecast looking so good, it was decided to call it off for the day.
Matt Wilkinson on his backhand, surfing fast and loose in the glassy morning conditions in Keramas – Photo by Hennings
With nine days left in the waiting period, and two more long-range swells approaching, contest organizers are confident that the competition will be run off in classic conditions. The winds are also looking favourable, and as noted in day one, a little bit of onshore helps the surfers to get some lift under their boards when attempting big airs.
Putra “Pulu” Hermawan – Round 2 – Oakley Pro Bali
We’re amped for the action to get under way again and we’ll be keeping you posted on all that happens at the Oakley Pro Bali.