World Surf League QS Men's Event
Keramas, Bali Indonesia
29 - 30 April 2017
De Souza and Zietz lead the pack into tomorrow's final day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2017 - Keramas continues to produce the goods as the Komune Bali Pro pres. by The Mad Hueys ran through rounds four and five, leaving just eight worthy Quarterfinalists to fight it out on Final’s day. Waves were in the 4-5-foot range with slightly wind affected conditions making the surfers work for their scores.
2015 World Champion and Komune Bali Pro No. 1 seed Adriano De Souza (BRA) continued his red-hot streak at Keramas today. De Souza posted 9-point-plus rides in both of his heats to secure a Quarterfinals berth. The Brazilian is using this event to prepare for the next CT in Brazil and is looking in great form as he heads towards his hometown event the Oi Rio Pro. De Souza advanced in 1st place with Australia’s Robbie Rickard (AUS) also advancing in 2nd spot while Mikey Wright (AUS) and Riley Laing (AUS) were eliminated in 3rd and 4th.
“I’m happy with how I’m performing here,” De Souza said. “I wanted to come here, surf some good waves and post some big scores and it is working. I really looking forward to Final’s day, there’s a lot of great surfers in this event so I know I will need to be at my best. I feel bad for Mikey Wright in that heat, he was eliminated with a 9.90. It hurts to lose like that, but this is competition and it happens sometimes.”
Brent Dorrington (AUS) clocked a solid round five heat win to advance into tomorrow’sQuarterfinals. Dorrington is The Mad Hueys last team rider left in the event and mixed tubes, big carves and aerials to impress the judges to progress alongside last year’s runner-up Shane Holmes who finished 2nd.
“Keramas is probably my favourite wave in the world, I’ve been coming here since I was 12-years-old,” Dorrington said. “This is the first time I’ve surfed in this event, I missed the first two because I was at other QS events and last year I injured myself the day before my heat. So I am loving being here and making heats. It’s my brother’s Bucks Party tonight so I may have to take it easy because I want to win.”
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) is the event No. 2 seed and is threw some massive turns at Keramas to claim an impressive heat win in Round five to advance to the Quarterfinals. Zietz is currently ranked 10th on the Championship Tour but is using the Komune Bali Pro as a working holiday to get some waves and some pressure free heats under his belt before the next CT stop in Brazil.
“You never know who’s going to blow up, we had Rio Waida beat Kai Otton in my heat so you need to be on your game,” Zietz said. “I thought about going home after Bells, but Bali is such a rad place I figured I’d stop here for the event and then I go on a boat trip next week to get some wave before the next CT.”
Mitch Parkinson’s (AUS) cousin Joel Parkinson (AUS) won the Championship Tour event at this very location back in 2013, but this year Mitch is the one to watch. Mitch has been the best all-around surfer of the event so far, launching and landing massive aerials, riding tubes to perfection and laying down some solid rail turns. He will take on Indonesia’s Rio Waida in the Quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
“I can’t think about winning, I think I’m doing well because I’ve got no pressure on me at all,” Parkinson said. “This wave is incredible, it has it all. It’s good for turns, big air and barrels. I can’t wait for my man-on-man Quarterfinal tomorrow morning.”