Oakley Pro Bali: Round 3

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Matt Wilko's morning commute. Or is that Komute? This place makes it all too easy. Photo: Duncan

Matt Wilko's morning commute. Or is that Komute? This place makes it all too easy. Photo: Duncan

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

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

She almost made it (half way) across. Photo: Jimmicane

She almost made it (half way) across. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr approves. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr approves. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj Burrow stood like this for most of his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj Burrow stood like this for most of his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

All jpegs go to heaven. Photo: Duncan

All jpegs go to heaven. 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

Miguel Pupo had the unfortunate reality of facing Taj Burrow in the 1st heat of the day. Well, not totally unfortunate. Photo: Duncan

Ace Buchan's backside boogy came up short against CJ Hobgood. Photo: Jimmicane

Ace Buchan's backside boogy came up short against CJ Hobgood. Photo: Jimmicane

Damien Hobgood had the barrel of the day, an 18-point score and still didn't make his heat. Photo: Duncan

Damien Hobgood had the barrel of the day, an 18-point score and still didn't make his heat. Photo: Duncan

Proper roundhouse rebound from Parko. Photo: Jimmicane

Proper roundhouse rebound from Parko. Photo: Jimmicane

Just another day at the office for the champ. Photo: Duncan

Just another day at the office for the champ. Photo: Duncan

One of many barrels Josh Kerr threaded during his dismantling of Filipe Toledo. Photo: Duncan

One of many barrels Josh Kerr threaded during his dismantling of Filipe Toledo. Photo: Duncan

Super moon super tides forced everyone off the sand and into the party zone. Tough gig. Photo: Jimmicane

Super moon super tides forced everyone off the sand and into the party zone. Tough gig. Photo: Jimmicane

Everyone, except Duncan Macfarlane. Who wandered off to shoot this photo for you.

Everyone, except Duncan Macfarlane. Who wandered off to shoot this photo for you.

John John laying one back. Photo: Jimmicane

John John laying one back. Photo: Jimmicane

Win or lose, Seabass always puts on a show. Photo: Duncan

Win or lose, Seabass always puts on a show. Photo: Duncan

John John. After his heat. Nearly landed it, too. Looked straight out of a SuperCross event. Photo: Duncan

John John. After his heat. Nearly landed it, too. Looked straight out of a SuperCross event. Photo: Duncan

Bali royalty, right there, da guys, legends: Riz, Lil' Ninja Merta and Marlon.

Bali royalty, right there, da guys, legends: Riz, Lil' Ninja Merta and Marlon.

Kelly Slater through the uprights. Photo: Duncan

Kelly Slater through the uprights. Photo: Duncan

Yadin Nicol is looking solid, but he lost precious time to a broken board and quick-as-lightning Mick Fanning. Photo: Duncan

Yadin Nicol is looking solid, but he lost precious time to a broken board and quick-as-lightning Mick Fanning. Photo: Duncan

Study this kids. Mick Fanning. Photo: Jimmicane

Study this kids. Mick Fanning. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian filming another video part in his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian filming another video part in his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

Nat Young adding to his Rookie of the Year run. Photo: Jimmicane

Nat Young adding to his Rookie of the Year run. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian Wilson, Jimmy and Ashely posted at the pool party. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian Wilson, Jimmy and Ashely posted at the pool party. Photo: Jimmicane

Jordy!!!! He's an animal unleashed and a perfect fit for these waves….and he lost his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

Jordy!!!! He's an animal unleashed and a perfect fit for these waves….and he lost his heat. Photo: Jimmicane

"So I guess I'll see you out tonight!" Freddy P enjoys every minute on the "Dream Tour" Photo: Jimmicane

"So I guess I'll see you out tonight!" Freddy P enjoys every minute on the "Dream Tour" 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.

-Nathan Myers

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

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6 Responses to “Oakley Pro Bali: Round 3”

  1. matt O'Brien says:

    anybody else think Parko got a bit overscored? or that Yadin got underscored? Who would of thought Freddy would beat Jordy (in “air” wind no less)? Or that Michel would beat Gabriel? fun fun fun. Round 4 match ups look super exciting!

  2. Kaipo Gomes says:

    Huge Props to Freddy with his win over, repeat after me, the over rated Jordy Smith. The scribes writing this shit have missed the call at Fiji and now Bali with hailing Jordy as a possible event winner and possible World Title contender. You can remove him from both of those lists now. He WILL NOT WIN THE WORLD TITLE THIS YEAR! His results are shit and he is out of that hunt. Keep your eye on 11 time in the 3 man heat with J John. Surfing done with style, power and rail surfing by Fanning, Parko, Kelly might be the ingredient to win at Keramas.

  3. grant says:

    Kaipo. It’s always nice when someone hangs themself with their own words The fact that you may be right about Jordy not winning the title this year doesn’t mean your opinion on JS is right.

    You contradict yourself with the implied remark about power & rail surfing and the earlier suggestion that Jordy is overated. Go watch the heat and you will see that JS lost beacause of wave selection (read – bad waves & strategy). Unfortunately, for Jordy, this is competitive surfing and the best surfers don’t always win. That doesn’t make people wrong who rated (or rate) JS highly, it’s just the nature of competitive surfing. jS will still cause a lot of concern for Slater, Mick etc. But don’t be surprised if he is a contender come pipe.

  4. grant says:

    …and well done Freddy! Hope you take some more scalps.

  5. yep says:

    nice work cane yeeew

  6. Kaipo Gomes says:

    Grant, the last time I checked when you surf a heat you end up with a winnner and a loser. Fact……. I wrote that Jordy will not win the World Title. That will be a Fact. He has too many weaknesses. Like the next stop on Tour, Tahiti. Will you claim him to win that contest? Hope not. To contradict you I will go out on a very solid limb and predict that Jordy will not be in the running come Pipe. That’s an easy call. Take a look at his stats at Pipe/Backdoor. Kieran Perrow smokes Jordy at Pipe/Backdoor and look to the stellar stats of Slater, Parko, Fanning for contenders come Pipe time.

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