Some people find Strider hard to stomach but he and Ronnie are the premier commentating combo…
Only six, sorry seven, heats run today so just a little placeholder report to keep the daily coverage ticking over.
Round 2: dog days for surf writers normally but the first three heats did tingle the loins.
Aren’t the optics queer as hell though? Right now in pro surfing, I mean. Perfect machine waves made to look as dull as dishwater by Brazilian beachbreak and now dreamy six-foot Balinese tubes that look positively pedestrian next to the surreal vision being beamed out of the South Pacific.
The wave Kelly rode in Fiji threw shade over anything Keramas is likely to throw up over the next week so once again the King steals control of the spotlight. He even managed to insert himself in the frame as Navarro rode the best wave in history (might as well call it as it is). Tres magnifique!
There were only two pressing questions to be answered this morning. Could title contenders Filipe and Italo make it out of last place and could Mikey Wright continue through the draw.
We answer in the affirmative.
Filipe fell behind to Sumbawan wildcard Oney Anwar who drained some glassy Indonesian kegs. Filipe had two choices to respond: keep plugging tubes or bring the hi-fi. He kicked an inverted tail high air with a seamless landing then lacerated a wave into tiny pieces. Judges gave a 7.17.
Disgrace. If they want risk, progression and repertoire, then reward it.
Oney gave Filipe a wave under priority and Toledo iced it so no drama in the final shakedown.
Italo was similarly disgraced by judges refusing to pay huge backhand turns, while wildcard Barron Mamiya rode cutesy little tubes that a club round surfer could negotiate. It was pretty crook.
I know some people find Strider hard to stomach but I think he and Ronnie are now the premier commentating combo in the WSL. Strider has the truth in him and little by little it’s poking it’s head out from under the table, like a naughty penis at a swingers party
Italo under pressure at the back end of the heat backdoored a technical tube and put a clean make on it. If he goes onto win a world title it’ll be because of that wave.
I know some people find Strider hard to stomach but I think he and Ronnie are now the premier commentating combo in the WSL. Strider has the truth in him and little by little it’s poking it’s head out from under the table, like a naughty penis at a swingers party. Unwanted in the circumstances, but funny for onlookers.
They got Bourez in the booth. What a boon it’s turning out to be to have the surfers up there calling the action. No more mind-numbingly banal pressers. Lots and lots of gorgeously detailed insight. Not a dud one yet. I think, when Chas’ rebel tour gets up they should keep the surfers in the booth.
Strider spent the heat telling us what a staunch veteran warrior Kolohe was and was repaid for his loyalty by Kolohe throwing the toys out of the cot with three minutes to go and paddling in. Wanton capitulation in perfect six-foot surf against a wildcard is a bad look.
While he was there Mikey Wright slotted it deep, steep and complete from the git go. Then hammered one in again and Kolohe was left sadly and badly defeated. Strider spent the heat telling us what a staunch veteran warrior Kolohe was and was repaid for his loyalty by Kolohe throwing the toys out of the cot with three minutes to go and paddling in. Wanton capitulation in perfect six-foot surf against a wildcard is a bad look. Bad for all the home schooled kiddies out there watching on.
The wind came up, because that’s what the tradewind does in the dry season. Smarter heads would have kept the original Oakley Pro Junior slot of October when tradewinds are much flukier.
The surf turned to caca.
Asing beat Seabass: shameful judging, result should have been reversed. February (not a CT surfer) beat Carmichael. It was a crap shoot by then and KP did the right thing putting it to sleep for the day.
Better get used to this rhythm.
Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 12: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.67, Yago Dora (BRA) 2.17
Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.77 def. Oney Anwar (IDN) 11.00
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.84 def. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 11.14
Heat 3: Mikey Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.83
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.90 vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.76
Heat 5: Michael February (ZAF) 9.56 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 6.73
Heat 6: Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.47 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.00
Upcoming Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 9: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 10: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 12: Tomas Hermes (BRA) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)