Dawn and it's on. The swell was flat the evening before, but everyone was pretty sure today would deliver. It is Indonesia. Photo: Duncan
Miguel Pupo had the unfortunate reality of facing Taj Burrow in the 1st heat of the day. Well, not totally unfortunate. Photo: Duncan
Damien Hobgood had the barrel of the day, an 18-point score and still didn't make his heat. Photo: Duncan
Super moon super tides forced everyone off the sand and into the party zone. Tough gig. Photo: Jimmicane
John John. After his heat. Nearly landed it, too. Looked straight out of a SuperCross event. Photo: Duncan
Yadin Nicol is looking solid, but he lost precious time to a broken board and quick-as-lightning Mick Fanning. Photo: Duncan
Jordy!!!! He's an animal unleashed and a perfect fit for these waves….and he lost his heat. Photo: Jimmicane
Oakley Pro Bali, Day Three
Another day in paradise.
Feels like heaven, but it’s actually just a surf contest.
Is this the best surf contest we’ve ever seen? We humbly submit these photos for your inspection. Warm water. Epic waves. Cultural offerings. Bikini pool party in front of the John John vs. Seabass heat. And it’s only just getting warmed up.
Joel Parkinson’s post heat interview was just a high five and a hug. He and Damien Hobgood were both sitting on a couple of 9s by the time their heat ended, and if you go back and watch any of the heats on demand: Watch Heat 3. Best waves of the day. So good.
You should also watch Kelly Slater’s heat, too. Not because he handily crushed another local wildcard or because he landed either of those crazy air attempts. In fact, he actually seemed to be holding back a little; carefully building his momentum toward this event’s epic conclusion. That’s exactly what you should watch. And the technical precision with which he does this is certainly worth noting. The tail stall drop in on his first wave in particular is proof enough why he’s still on top. Most technical surfing on tour. STILL!
Jeremy Flores gains some hard-ass points for surfing a full heat with a 28-stitch flap of flesh flopping off his heal from the very first wave. You know that feeling. It ain’t cool. Flores still managed a few waves against a cruising Julian Wilson, but won’t be hot-footing the black sand any more this event. Now go get that thing sanitized.
Jordy Smith should have his world title on the shelf in a few years time…but really, what’s he waiting for. There were moments of brilliance from Smith in this event, when he finally unleashes his inner beast. But today he came up short in the sloppy final moments of the day to an unexpected Freddy Patacchia. Where’d he come from anyway?
That’s some stuff that happened in the ocean. There was a killer grom tower in the pool party with Rizal Tanjung’s son Varun right on the top. The new villas at Komune just went on sale, talk to Luke Egan if you’re a millionaire surfer on the market for Nirvana. Bintang is still the world’s worst beer. And, sure, we’ll have another. For the road.
This swell’s just getting started (don’t worry, Keramas can hold it), so let’s all brace ourselves for two more days of pumping poolside surf action. Actually, don’t brace yourself at all. Just relax. This is all too easy.
OAKLEY PRO BALI ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.17
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.67
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 18.26
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.70 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 6.77
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 16.07 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.87
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.96 def. Putra Hermawan (IDN) 8.90
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.53 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 9.73
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.74 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.94
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.10 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 15.03
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.73 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.67
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.94 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.94
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12:50 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.34
UPCOMING OAKLEY PRO BALI ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel