A day late, a few feet short, and a difficult tide made the contest directors decide not to run the main event. It’s a hard call to make. Sure, the photos here make it look like it was pretty damn good, but hey — all these shots are from a two-hour session in the morning and a two-hour session in the afternoon. The rest of the day there were just a few boogie boarders out.
Also, there was talk of another super swell next week. “The 8th is gonna be huge,” I heard one person say, while looking at his phone in the morning. So the call was made. Contest off. All the boys then grabbed their boards and some sets started rolling in. That made contest organizers call a trials heat and expression session for the afternoon, once the tide dropped out. They all caught some waves. I’m not sure of the scores and whatnot, no one really cares who won the trials. We just want to know when the main event will be on. That swell on the 8th? Not sure if it’s gonna do it. And right now I don’t think anyone can predict anything. The last swell was a hoax. Will this next one be? Stay tuned to asia.ripcurl.com for more details on the next call.
Words and photos by Nate Lawrence
The view from the judges tower in the morning. Looks good, but there were 20 minute lulls in between 2 wave sets like this.
Bol. Deep in a nice clean barrel during the morning session. He surfed later in the expression session and narrowly got beat by Dean Morrison.
The king is back. Rizal quickly waxed up his board right when the call got made to not run the contest. Such a smart king.
Makua Rothman made it over to Bali in hopes that this swell would be "ON". He was in the trials and made it into the main event.