Monday Photos: Lay Day Freesurfing at the Oakley Pro Bali

posted by / Monday Photos, Photos / June 24, 2013

John John Florence shoves some ocean around. Photo: Jimmicane

John John Florence shoves some ocean around. Photo: Jimmicane

Parko’s optimistic lien. Photo: Macfarlane

Parko’s optimistic lien. Photo: Macfarlane

Kelly Slater is not much of a slouch. Photo: Jimmicane

Kelly Slater is not much of a slouch. Photo: Jimmicane

Gabriel Medina, the formidable goofyfoot. Photo: Macfarlane

Gabriel Medina, the formidable goofyfoot. Photo: Macfarlane

While we’re talking formidable goofyfoots, here’s Nat Young. Photo: Jimmicane

While we’re talking formidable goofyfoots, here’s Nat Young. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr, buoy grind reverse. Photo: Jimmicane

Josh Kerr, buoy grind reverse. Photo: Jimmicane

This is a powerful image. Michel Bourez makes it count. Photo: Jimmicane

This is a powerful image. Michel Bourez makes it count. Photo: Jimmicane

Throw a few cobblestones in the foreground and it’d pass as Lowers. Kolohe Andino, right at home on the other side of the world. Photo: Macfarlane

Throw a few cobblestones in the foreground and it’d pass as Lowers. Kolohe Andino, right at home on the other side of the world. Photo: Macfarlane

Adriano de Souza has been tweaking. Photo: Macfarlane

Adriano de Souza has been tweaking. Photo: Macfarlane

Mick Fanning, by the dawn’s early light. Photo: Jimmicane

Mick Fanning, by the dawn’s early light. Photo: Jimmicane

John John’s intriguing rotation. Photo: Macfarlane

John John’s intriguing rotation. Photo: Macfarlane

Yadin Nicol and a hands free alley-oop. Photo: Jimmicane

Yadin Nicol and a hands free alley-oop. Photo: Jimmicane

Jack Robinson, young and popular. Photo: Macfarlane

Jack Robinson, young and popular. Photo: Macfarlane

Swans are difficult to please. Sebastian Zietz punts amongst the hissing. Photo: Macfarlane

Swans are difficult to please. Sebastian Zietz punts amongst the hissing. Photo: Macfarlane

Joel Parkinson’s tack sharp surfing blurred. Photo: Macfarlane

Joel Parkinson’s tack sharp surfing blurred. Photo: Macfarlane

Mick again, no reason to rotate. Photo: Jimmicane

Mick again, no reason to rotate. Photo: Jimmicane

Everybody Oops. Felipe Toledo can  go on his own. Photo: Jimmicane

Everybody Oops. Felipe Toledo can go on his own. Photo: Jimmicane


 

Robert Kelly Slater: Shave your sheep and knit me a straight jacket because I think there is no chance that Kelly Slater will win this event. Certainly, he’s good at Keramas and he is Kelly Slater, but he hasn’t been as impressive as his younger adversaries. With J’s like Julian, Josh, Jordy and John John, I can’t find myself in K.S.’s warung this time around. The bald eagle might kill a crow and serve it to me for thinking this way, but I’d just throw the crow meat over some noodles and call it nasi goreng.

John John: You know those wild backside full roters he does, and how he makes them look so easy? I’m beginning to believe they actually are for him. He’s been sticking them with absolutely no regard for the lowly average pro surfer trying to produce a relevant web clip. John John is easily the favorite to win this event.

Julian Wilson: Julian was taking the railroad in a lot of heats leading up to Bali, using power instead of punts, but it seemed like losing to Jeremy Florez in Round 1 lit a spark in him. He threw some mallets in Round 2 and has been surfing handsomely ever since. I would classify him as dangerous.

Gabriel Medina: While I can’t see him winning the event, Gabe will likely be the most successful goofy-foot, and that has to be worth something. Maybe a pair of Oakley Blades and Bintang Coca-Cola?

Sebastian Zietz: Seabass has been surfing exceptionally well. He’s been trying those lien grab double alley-oops (I refuse to call it a “Loop Revert” because we are talking about surfing, not theme parks.) and coming awfully close. Bass’ only flaw is that he’s surfing against John John in Round 3. That one ought to be a spectacle.

Mick Fanning: Mick also came close on a lien double-oop during a freesurf. He’s been smashing Keramas before the sun rises every single morning. I’m not sure if he even sleeps at all. But if he does, he dreams of two things and two things only: Hulk Hogan, stark nude, riding a giraffe and winning the Oakley Pro Bali. The latter of the two could end up a reality, but it would be a tall order.

Jordy Smith: Keramas might as well have been built for Jordy Smith. He’ll bastardize any wave that he catches there. Jordy can do a Les Stroud certified man hack on one wave and a Selena Gomez approved stalefish air-reverse on the next. Anything less than a Final would be a disappointment.

Big Bill Cardosa: Buffalo Bill is still my favorite surfer. He’s out of the contest and I don’t really think he’ll make a heat in Tahiti, but still — if I were Teahupoo, I’d watch the fuck out.

Pay close attention to Round 4. It’s a non-elimination round with 3-man heats. This reduces to pressure and in turn, we’ll see some Grade-A daredevils. If there is even a tinge of wind at Keramas, expect to see another wowzer air. When nobody loses, everybody wins.

—Brendan Buckley

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  • Kaipo Gomes

    Just to get this going do you remember in Fiji???? It was J John’s contest to lose. Same with Jordy. Heavy claims were pointed at these two and what happened? Do you remember what Slater did with J John? It wasn’t even close. It’s one thing to “Free surf”. Completely different to draw Slater and not be put into a trance. Remember New York? The “Air” of the Year was done by Slater. How quickly you forget. Don’t count out 11 time.

  • matt O’Brien

    Did I really just read this nonsense correctly; Mick has a better shot than Ke11Y?!? I agree with Kaipo, “how quickly you forget”. Mick will NEVER try or Pull a “Loop Revert” in a heat. EVER so to bring it up is a none issue. As for the other claims, not far off. Funny that Filipe didn’t even a mention. Filipe over Mick if you were being sincere. Wg=hich I highly doubt you were. This is surfing magazine after all.

  • matt O’Brien

    well I guess I am eating my words concerning Felipe – he had a blow out failure against Josh. Same for Yadin v. Mick. I expected a bit more fight from both of them. so it goes…
    Man John John looks unbeatable! GO Ke11y!!