Davey Cathels was in top form as he posted the day’s biggest scoring heat win at the Billabong Pro Junior in Bali today. Photo ASP Australasia/Robertson
Keramas Beach, Bali, Indonesia: Keramas delivered solid windy five feet (1.75 metre) surf for Day 2 of the Billabong Pro Junior Bali and the surfers reveled 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,” said Cathels. “I surf here all the time and the wave is definitely in my top three favorite waves in the world, maybe my favorite,” added Cathels.
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 and said “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; 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 and said “I love this place, 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 favorite 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.
Surfing legend Paul Paterson added to the claims today saying, “I hope we get light off-shores in the coming few days on this swell because then you add an amazing barrel section at the start of the wave followed by all the perfection that runs into the river, it’s a high performance surfing platform.”
Six round one 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 two while Ketut Semadhi (Bali) also progressed through to round three.
Organizers will assess conditions early tomorrow aiming to start early on ideal tides and hopefully ideal winds with swells expected to remain solid.
The events official website where images, press releases and result spreadsheets will be loaded each day is aspaustralasia.com.