Oakley has joined ASP to host the fifth of 10 events on the World Championship Tour at Keramas for the Oakley Pro Bali. Despite Indonesia’s perfect surf, Bali hasn’t seen a competition at this prestigious level since the Rip Curl Pro Search in 2008. The eastern shore of Bali was only introduced to the sport of surfing the 70’s and has become world famous for its endless barrels. Thus, it’s not surprising that Keramas is one of the most anticipated locations on the ASP WCT.
“We are very excited about the addition of the Oakley Pro Bali to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour schedule,” Renato Hickel, ASP WCT Manager, said. “This will be the first ASP World Title-deciding event at Keramas, an internationally-recognized venue of high-performance surfing, and we look forward to the ASP Top 34 doing battle there for years to come.”
The reef break off the coast of Keramas will be the main site, though Oakley has locked down the beachbreaks of Canggu as a backup location.
“Keramas, to me, is the most high-performance wave on the planet,” Jordy Smith, current ASP WCT surfer, said. “Oakley have had their world junior event there for a few years and I’m glued to the computer every time it’s on. To have the Top 34 there, I don’t know how the judges will be able to judge it, the performances are going to be next level. This is really exciting.”
Returning to the ASP field is wildcard Bruce Irons for the Oakley Pro Bali 2013. Bruce Irons is recognized for his epic tuberiding skills and advanced aerial maneuvers and will thus be a highly anticipated competitor in this event!
To get ready for competition, here’s an exclusive look at the best breaks in Bali in The Surf Channel original series known as “LOCAL STYLE,” featuring the premiere waves of Indonesia as the first of several eco travel destination:
Catch up on all the episodes of this original series shot on location in Bali, Indonesia, only on The Surf Channel: