Round 2 of the Oakley Pro Bali just wrapped up this morning in 4-6 foot. As forecast the sets were a little slow coming at times but another solid day of action still saw more barrels, critical turns and big airs than you get to see at most CT venues.
“There are some really good waves out there when they come,” Slater said. “Still though, I’m two for two on slow heats. The waves are fun when they come through, but there just weren’t a lot in mine. I was happy to get a couple of good waves at the start and that really put the pressure on Jack (Robinson).”
As expected all the top seeds had little difficulty regaining control of the lineup, with Taj and Parko both making their way to Round 3.
Oozing plenty confidence after his win in Fiji, Kelly’s quick start on wildcard Jack Robinson even saw him come in for a board change mid heat.
“Before the heat, I told Belly (Stephen Bell) that if I got two good waves, I was going to come in and switch to the quad,” added Slater in his post heat interview. “During the free surfs out here, there really isn’t a lot of space so I like to take the opportunity to test equipment whenever I can.”
OAKLEY PRO BALI ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 3.43
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.50 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 3.14
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.10 def. Oney Anwar (IND) 14.03
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.00
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.80 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 8.77
Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.23 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.60
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.70 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.77
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.13 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.44
Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.90 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.17
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.77 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.70
OAKLEY PRO BALI REMAINING ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)