25 June, 2013 25 June, 2013

Jordy Eliminated from Oakley Pro Bali in Round 3

Despite bowing out, Jordy still managed to hack one of the biggest turns of the day.

Despite bowing out, Jordy still managed to hack one of the biggest turns of the day.

Current world number three Jordy Smith has been eliminated from the Oakley Pro Bali, after losing to Fred Patacchia in the last heat of the day in tricky conditions at Keramas.

While the day started out with good size and clean barrels, by the time Jordy paddled out for his Round 3 heat, the dropping tide and the strengthening onshore made it difficult to find the high score needed to catch Fred – who started off with a bang by catching just about the only good wave in their heat.

The morning saw some great waves for the earlier heats of the day.

The morning saw some great waves for the earlier heats of the day.

Jordy did manage to claw his way into the lead on a couple of messy smaller waves, but as luck would have it, just as the hooter was looming for the end of the heat another wave trickled through for Fred to take the win.

Jordy’s loss to Fred was a surprise considering that the Hawaiian was the only goofyfoot to beat a regular foot in Round 3. The other screwfoots to advance – CJ Hobgood and Nat Young – did so in heats against a fellow surfer with their right foot forward, so it was a definite upset to see Freddie take out one of the favourites to win the event.

John John Florence has been on form.

John John Florence has been on form.

The Oakley Pro Bali now moves into the non-elimination Round 4, with Dream Tour leader Kelly Slater and world number two Mick Fanning still in the event and looking to extend their lead on top of the ratings. John John Florence continued to weave his magic out at Keramas, as did Taj Burrow; Josh Kerr; Julian Wilson; Adriano de Souza and Michel Bourez – who all advanced to the next round.

These are the match-ups for Round 4:
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 Bourez (PYF), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Here are the highlights from an otherwise action-packed Round 3:

Check out the Heats on Demand, all the results and highlights from Round 3 on www.oakleyprobali.com

Official press release below.


Keramas Fires for Round 3 of the Oakley Pro Bali

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion, driving through a freight train Keramas barrel during Round 3 of the Oakley Pro Bali.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion, driving through a freight train Keramas barrel during Round 3 of the Oakley Pro Bali.

KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Tuesday, June 25, 2013) – The Oakley Pro Bali resumed competition today and the world-class Balinese righthander of Keramas delivered barreling six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves for the elimination Round 3.

Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Oakley Pro Bali endured four lay days of small surf before Keramas reawakened today and the world’s best surfers threaded barrels, lofted airs and executed turns, whittling the event’s original 36-man field down to the final 12.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 7, put on a clinic in his morning bout against an on-fire Damien Hobgood (USA), 33, amassing an excellent 18.60 out of a possible 20 for flawless barrel-riding and searing carves.

“That was really really fun,” Parkinson said. “We had non-stop waves for the heat and were just going back-and-forth on exchanges. I’ve been coming to Keramas for years and it’s one of my favorite waves in the world. The conditions this morning were absolutely incredible – sheet glass and big barrels. You can’t really ask for much more.”

John John Florence (USA), 20, in only his second event back since an injury at the opening event of the year saw him absent from the tour until last week in Fiji. Florence once again teed off against fellow Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, and used his preternatural barrel sense and progressive power surfing to take the win and advance into Round 3.

“Sebastian (Zietz) and I have had a lot of heats together lately,” Florence said. “He’s a couple of years older than me and he’s a really strong surfer. We had a really good Round 1 with lots of high scores and the waves this morning are ones that we both like to surf in. Unfortunately for Bass, he broke his board on his opening wave and I think that put him out of rhythm for the rest of the heat. The waves are really firing right now.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1, followed suit with a win over local standout Putra Hermawan (IDN), 20, but one that was a departure from the icon’s characteristic dominance in similar conditions.

“It was a frustrating heat for me,” Slater said. “There weren’t a lot of opportunities and the few that came through, he (Hermawan) had them. I was lucky that he didn’t end up taking advantage of them. When it’s stop and go like that, you have to use what you have so I ended up taking a lot of smaller waves and building some medium scores. Turned out to be enough, but yeah, definitely frustrating with the kinds of waves that have been coming through out here today.”

Following a pristine morning of freight train barrels, the dropping tide and afternoon winds shifted the performance focus from tube-riding to turns and aerials in the latter half of the round.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, current ASP WCT No. 5, flew the South American flag high today, besting dangerous backhander Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 24, during a round that saw the elimination of three of his fellow Brazilians.

“Has been a tough day for Brazil and now I’m the only one left,” De Souza said. “Keramas is a wave that has many faces – it can be a barrel, it can be for turns, it can be for airs. Matt (Wilkinson) had priority for most of our heat so I used my time catching a lot of waves and building a house. It worked out for me in the end. Very happy.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, demolished the rippable afternoon conditions, blending powerful carves with explosive fin-free surfing to post a 16.94 out of a possible 20 and eliminate South American upstart Gabriel Medina (BRA), 19, in Round 3 of competition.

“Very fun waves out at Keramas today,” Bourez said. “I’m feeling strong and healthy and I have very good boards at the moment. I had a good start to the year with a 3rd on the Gold Coast, but have had some poor results too already. Keramas is a wave that is very rippable for all the guys on tour. I feel like I can surf it well if I get the right waves in my heats.”

Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 31, closed out the day’s events with a major upset in his elimination of event favorite and current ASP WCT No. 3 Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25.

“I did my best to stick to my game plan,” Patacchia said. “I started strong and I know most of the guys on tour can do airs on nearly any wave out there, but they’re high-risk maneuvers and you have to stick them. I definitely waited longer than I wanted to for my second wave score, but it came and I surfed it as well as I can. I knew I could get the score on it and I was just thinking that if you can’t get the score here, you don’t belong on this tour.”

Patacchia would claim the sole goofy-foot over natural-foot victory today in conditions that most pundits would have given the advantage to the South African.

“I knew I was the last heat of the day and I knew that the wind would switch and these would be Jordy (Smith) conditions,” Patacchia said. “I definitely felt like the underdog, but I had a plan and I stuck to it and surfed as hard and as smart as I could and it paid off. Really psyched to get through that heat and it gives me a lot of confidence to get past someone like him.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 6:45am start.

When competition resumes, up first will be Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33, and Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, in Heat 1 of Round 4.

Highlights from the Oakley Pro Bali will be available via www.oakleyprobali.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Oakley Pro Bali are calling for:

The current SW swell will continue on Wednesday. A larger SSW swell will build in through Thursday afternoon before gradually easing Friday. A new, long period SW swell will gradually build through Saturday as the old SSW swell fades.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.94
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.34

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 Bourez (PYF), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)


  1. Dissapointed Saffa
    25 June, 2013 at 8:37 am · Reply

    Jordy Hype machine definately messed up big time at his best spot.

    I agree that if you checked the heats on demand the conditions went from pretty sick to ……choppy fugly soop by the time his heat started.

    Never the less SA world title “pooof” gone this year……maybe some reverse head games will see Smith wake up form his giddy school girl approach.

    Slater and Fanning next in line .

    Eisch bummed out.

  2. SAVage
    26 June, 2013 at 10:41 am · Reply

    Given the kiss-of-death yet again by that douche Warwick Wright… two from two fails since he was touted to have taken the title already…

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