KERAMAS, Bali /IDN (Monday, April 24, 2017) – Day two of the Komune Bali Pro pres. by The Mad Hueys woke up to thumping six-foot barrels at the world-famous right-hander. The surf was firing and the competitors were fired up to hit the lineup and test themselves in the epic conditions on offer.
Toby Mossop from the Gold Coast was in the perfect spot for the wave of the day in Heat 2. The stylish natural-footer stroked into a solid wave, pulled into the tube, disappeared behind the curtain – it looked as if he might not make it out – then suddenly he came flying out and the judges didn’t hesitate to award him a perfect 10-point-ride.
“I saw a bomb coming through and I was in the spot so I just went for it,” Mossop said. “Scoring a wave like that and getting a 10 for it is pretty much the best feeling ever. I have never scored a 10 in my life, so I think I’ll remember that wave forever. It’s been a great couple of events in Indonesia, I’m definitely coming back.”
Braiden Maither (HAW) from Maui scored the best backside tube of the day, dropping into a solid wave, set up with a deep bottom turn and then stalled and pulled into an absolute draining barrel.
“We are scoring good waves here,” Maither said. “It’s about four-to-five foot, with a couple super clean barrels. It can be hard on your backhand, but still so much fun. It’s the sickest scene here, sitting in the pool waiting for your heat then going out and getting a few barrels.”
Nathan Webster (AUS) and Dede Suryana (IND) advanced in first and second position today in a heat that saw a massive lull at the start then a flurry of waves in the dying minutes. Former CT surfer Webster scored the wave of the heat with a clean and dreamy tube ride that was rewarded with an 8.50 out of a possible 10.
“That heat was tough – it was so slow at the start,” Suryana said. “Nathan was lucky to be in the spot for that barrel – I really wanted that wave. I love this event, I won it a few years ago and I’d love to do it again.”
Mitch Parkinson (AUS) locked in a massive 9.75 for a lofty alley-oop to take an easy heat win and advance to the next round with fellow-Australian Max Kearny also advancing in 2nd position. Parkinson has been an aerial standout in both of his Komune Bali Pro heats and will be one to watch in the business end of the event.
“I saw this section coming and I was thinking about going for a big turn, then I changed my mind and went for an air,” Parkinson said. “It felt really nice, I don’t usually do ally-oops so I didn’t know what the score would be. I’m just stoked to make another heat to surf out there again when it’s uncrowded.”
Tomorrow will see top seeds and big names hit the water the likes of Adriano De Souza, Sebastien Ziets, Taj Burrow (two-time Komune Bali Pro Champion), Ry Craike and many more.
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