Massive Moves and Big Scores at ASP Grade-5 Billabong Pro Junior Bali
BALI, Indonesia - Keramas delivered solid windy 5 feet (1.75 metre) surf for Day 2 of the ASP Grade-5 Billabong Pro Junior Bali and the surfers revelled in what is widely-regarded as the highest performance wave in the world.
Big scores were the only way to advance today and North Sydney surfer Davey Cathels set the standard with some massive, committed moves that saw him duly rewarded with the day’s highest scoring ride of a 9.65 , backed up with an excellent 8 which tallied the highest scoring heat win of the day of 17.65 out of a possible 20.
“This is an amazing venue, simply the best contest wave in the world that I know of,” Cathels said. "I surf here all the time and the wave is definitely in my top three favourite waves in the world, maybe my favourite."
It was the a common theme of surfers claiming the wave as distinct to their own performances today as winner after winner spoke of the sheer perfect stage that this unique rivermouth break delivers.
Ellis Ericson won his heat early in the day, also registering an outstanding 9-point ride.
“I have surfed here heaps over the past three years, it’s the only place I surf in Bali because it’s the best wave I know of," Ericson said. "Today’s winds make it tricky but there’s still plenty of scope to score regardless.”
South African 20-year-old powerhouse surfer Casey Grant (Scottbough/Durban) unleashed all his power to easily win his heat on waves that finally allowed the polished surfer to display his true worth.
“I love this place," Grant said. "It is just an incredibly performance-driven wave and I’m so glad to be here surfing this event.”
Ice Pereria-Ryan (Gold Coast /Australia) went even further after his comfortable win saying, “this is my favourite wave in the world and today is far from perfect. If the winds come good then the performances go up even further!”
The strong onshore winds certainly affected wave quality and to think it gets a lot better on an offshore wind adds to the wonder of this set up.
It’s a combination of three distinct naturally-formed characteristics that seem to make Keramas what it is. It has a mini-headland that bends into deep water, adjoined by a rock platform reef that runs into a constantly flowing rivermouth which provides the sand build-up. Add in consistent swell and this could be the world’s best contest all-round performance wave.
Six Round 1 heats were completed along with six round two heats before organizers called it a day as heavy rains and wind squalls wreaked havoc on the contest site.
The biggest upset of the day was the elimination of Tahitian surfer Tamaroa McComb who unfortunately surfed the final heat of the day which suffered in quality due to the storms.
Indonesian surfers again performed really well with Tia Wy Nustawan and Mustofa Jeksen both through to Round 2 while Ketut Semadhi (Bali) also progressed through to Round 3.