Source: Asian Surfing Tour
9 October 2014, Gianyar-Bali: In virtually perfect 3-4 foot Keramas today on Day Two of the Komune Bali Pro presented by The Mad Hueys, the remaining 3 heats of Round 1 and all of Round 2 were completed with non-stop action from the international field of competitors, leaving just 16 left to battle it out in Round 3 tomorrow.
Of the 16 remaining, 5 are Indonesians: Oney Anwar, Gazali Hamzah, Lee Wilson, Dede Suryana, and Raditya Rondi.
For the Indonesian contingent, the highlight came in Heat 2 of Round Two, which saw the Sumbawa brothers Oney Anwar and Gazali Hamzah battling it out with fellow Indonesian Pepen Hendrik for a Round 3 spot.
Oney and Gazali both started the heat with small scores, then Pepen got a deep barrel to take the lead with a 7.5, but soon Gazali was on his tail chasing him with 7.0. Pepen answered back with another barrel and a 6.0 score, before Gazali found another 7.0 score to just edge Pepen into second place.
Meanwhile Oney was falling on most of his waves trying hard to get a big score, as his highest scoring wave was only a 5.0, but then with under a minute left pulled off a huge air reverse that netted him a 9.25 from the judges to win the heat!
“I was walking back on the beach when I heard my score and I of course I was so stoked! But I was worried also about my brother, hoping he made it through. Then I heard that he got second so I was even happier….I gave him a big hug,” said Oney after the heat. When asked how he felt out there when he was behind and needing a wave, with his brother winning the heat, he replied, “ It was tough because I really needed to win the heat, and I would feel bad to beat him but it was my job. So we were talking out there and he asked me I really wanted to win he would let me, but I said no, better you try to beat me and I’ll try to beat you. So stoked it all worked out and I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
Oney will be in Heat 1 tomorrow with Dean Morrison, Asher Wales, and Jordin Watson to start off Round 3. Gazali will be in an equally challenging position in Heat 2 up against Michael Wright, Luke Hynd, and Lee Wilson.
Lee Wilson was also one of the standouts today, winning his Round 2 heat against Asher Wales, Dane Atcheson, and Dale Lovelock.
Dede Suryana handily won his Round 2 heat, posting the second highest combined heat score of the day, a 16.25 to assure his spot in Round 3, where he will meet up with Aussies Mitchell James, Mitch Parkinson, and Nick Vasicek.
3-time ASC champion Raditya Rondi also advanced over ex-WCT’r Nathan Webster and Shaun Harrington, despite challenging conditions near the end of the round and on his backhand, proving that he is indeed a champion performer.
Tomorrow’s swell forecast is calling for a slight decrease in swell, but with the incoming tide and calm morning conditions it’s expected that Keramas will continue offer up some more great waves for Round 3. A call will be made at 6:30am tomorrow for a possible 7am start.
Check out these Day 1 highlights by Indo Inc’s Sean Gihooley from yesterday:
The Komune Bali Pro presented by The Mad Hueys offers both ASP QS and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) points to all surfers and has teamed up with Garuda Indonesia as the official airline partner and GoPro as the official camera of the event.
The event will run from October 8 – 12 and will be webcast LIVE via ASPWorldTour.com.