Footnotes: 2013 Oakley Pro Bali Day 1

posted by / News, Photos / June 18, 2013

All photos: Jimmicane

Yadin Nicol

Yadin Nicol

Sebastian Zietz

Sebastian Zietz

Kolohe Andino

Kolohe Andino

John John Florence

John John Florence

John John Florence

John John Florence

Jeremy Flores

Jeremy Flores

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina

Filipe Toledo

Filipe Toledo

Dusty Payne

Dusty Payne

CJ Hobgood

CJ Hobgood

John John Florence's alley oop sequence.

John John Florence's alley oop sequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 at Keramas met everyone’s expectations with a firm handshake and an air-reverse. Jordy manhandled. Filipe twirled. John John broke the world. Enough proper airs were landed to produce a video that would put the best flick of 2005 in a deep, dark shame dungeon. Watching the world’s best surfers live at one of the world’s most high-performance waves is the greatest story ever told, and while Heats on Demand is quite the narrator, you might be too easily distracted by that damn echo. So here are a few side notes — humble observations — from before and during the event.

 

Josh Kerr: During the morning freesurf, this gentleman did not fall. While everyone else was searching for their feet, Kerrzy was hotter than that damned black sand under an equatorial sun. A tweaked stalefish air-reverse on one wave. Big ol’ full rotation alley-oop on the next. Only a fool would think Kerrzy won’t obliterate his Round 2 heat.

 

Gabriel Medina: Gabriel looked as focused a Chinese ping-pong champion on Day 1. Laser sharp turns in the water, laser beam eyes on the beach. Quintessential Gabe. And while he did seem a bit tone deaf in his heat, never able to truly find a rhythm, odds are rather favorable that he’ll rebound in Round 2.

 

John John Florence: John John was the polar opposite of Gabriel during the morning freesurf. John sat about 10 yards away from the pack at Keramas, going left and hucking backside full roters onto nearly dry reef while his peers battled for pulses of the incoming swell. John took that relaxed attitude and dizzy rotation over to the right for his heat and the result was preposterous. The crowd was literally distraught after that alley-oop, an ecstatic mix of excitement, confusion and panic. People were too freaked out to even clap. I mean, how can you prepare for such a thing?

 

Willian Cardoso: Big Bill found himself in a quite a pickle during the Balinese opening ceremony, during which the entire tour sported traditional garb . Like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, Bill was burdened with the troublesome task of putting on a shirt that was too small. Apparently, they don’t have XXL in Bali. Anyway, if he can find a wave that fits him, he’ll have a hell of a lot better chance than he did today.

 

John John’s massive alley oop yielded a perfect score

 

Oakley Pro Bali day 1 highlights

 

#Tour Notes: John John’s ankle seems fine

 

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6 Responses to “Footnotes: 2013 Oakley Pro Bali Day 1”

  1. laggers says:

    Have you guys decided to stop covering the rest of the contest, or what? The Bali event is pretty much the biggest thing happening in the surf world right now. Aren’t you guys interested in covering it? That is what journalists are supposed to do, right? What’s the deal? Editorial workflow issues? Or Jimmy’s just too wasted, trying to get his fat-ass laid (and failing, again)? Or you guys just don’t care? Get your shit together over there. Poor show.

  2. steve says:

    hey laggers, try heats on demand and form your own opinion. nobody covers contests anymore, the internet is too slow for that.

  3. Betet says:

    Oney Anwar best Indo surfer ever and best surfboards
    http://instagram.com/joistiksurfboards
    http://instagram.com/oney_anwar

  4. Betet says:

    Oney was so close to beating Joel and Jordy, will be on WCT soon for sure

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