Event Preview: The Oakley Pro, Bali

Ask any WCT surfer and they'll tell you the Oakley Pro Bali will be the most hi-fi event this year.
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By Elliot Struck

Forget Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast. If ever there were a location with paradise-like features, taylor-made for a surfer, it is Bali. Bath water, great food, a smiling sun, welcoming people and every kinda wave you can remember drawing on your school book as a pup. You want long, barreling lefts? Head to Uluwatu. But if you want sizzling, skatepark rights? Welcome to Keramas.

This is not the first year that Oakley have hosted a Pro event in Bali – the World Junior Pro has lit up Keramas and backup venue Canggu for some years now, and every year we've watched and wondered: What if these were WCT surfers? This year, we shall wonder no more, because the Oakley Pro Bali lands in a few days time and all your favourite men of the dream tour will be competing to win the first Indonesian World Tour event since the Rip Curl Pro Search, back in 2008.

Mick Fanning is absolutely thrilled to be swooping into Indo for a Dream Tour stop: "There's not too many events on tour where we have barrels and turns together," says the Gold-Coaster. "It's been exciting watching the juniors over the years go nuts out there, and seeing Jack (Freestone) win this year doing massive airs."

The wave itself is opens up with a takeoff barrel, then curves into a wildly-rippable open face, absolutely dropping in ramps. "When it's good, it's really good," says Julian Wilson.

But perhaps most excited is Jordy Smith, who featured many waves from Keramas in his biopic, Bending Colours. "The first time I heard there was gonna be a CT at Keramas, I was so excited, I started running around the room telling everybody in the house," says Jordy Smith. "I think it's gonna be really hard for the judges 'cause they're gonna have to be putting 10s on every score sheet. I just really can't wait to book my villa and get all set up, and just go and slay. It's pretty much going to be the best CT on tour. I can't wait."

Neither can we. Find out just how good this event will be on June 18.

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