Good news for fans of competitive surfing: the elite tour has added Bali to its list of tour stops for the first time since the Rip Curl search event at Padang Padang in 2008. The righthand reef-break on the southeast coast known as Keramas will be the primary venue, the same site of the much anticipated Oakley Pro Junior event, last won by Australian Jack Freestone. If the performances in that event are any indication, the long tubes and playful wall will make quite the canvas for the world’s best surfers.
The move is a step in the right direction for two reasons. One, it marks the first time the tour schedule has enjoyed an addition in quite some time. Tough times for big companies have resulted in the discontinuation of several events over the past two years, including Mundaka, Jeffrey’s Bay, Rip Curl’s roving “Search” series, and short-lived events in Santa Cruz, California, New York, and San Francisco. With the addition of Keramas, the tour stops are back up to 10 for the year.
Secondly, unlike recent new events on the schedule such as Billabong’s Rio Pro, the event seems to be centered around wave quality and surfing performance, rather than number of surf fans living nearby. Keramas is one of Bali’s recently uncovered secrets, and has quickly become one of the more coveted high-performance waves on the planet.
Below are the event teaser, and some highlights from last year’s Oakley Pro Junior to give you an idea of how good the wave at Keramas can be.
Photo of Keramas courtesy of ASP.