The Corona Bali Protected presented by Hurley resumed at Keramas yesterday. Currently sitting at number 6 on The World Surf League Jeep LeaderBoard Rankings, Ezekiel Lau of Hawaii is having a breakout start to season 2018. The Hawaiian powerhouse continued his solid form with a dominant win over fellow American Patrick Gudauskas from San Clemente in California in heat 10 of Round 2. Lau’s rail game was perfectly suited to the big open walls of Keramas and saw him post a heat score of 15.57 points – from a possible 20 points, the highest heat score of the contest so far. Gudauskas was left in a combination situation. Needing two new scores from early in the heat and was unable to hunt it down and was eliminated from the contest.
Two exciting Brazil rookies matched up in Round 2 / Heat 11. Michael Rodrigues versus Yago Dora. Both are known for their high flying aerial antics and both went for broke in the sideshore winds, that were perfect for big airs. As the heat went on both surfers managed to launch and land some impressive airs, but in the end it was Rodrigues who took the win by a mere 0.13 points from Dora.
Other heat winners on Day 3 included 2018 World Championship Tour rookie Jesse Mendes of Brazil who looked sharp on his backhand to take down Japanese competitor Kanoa Igarashi. World Surf League 2017 Rookie Of The Year Connor O’Leary from Australia fell short against 2018 World Championship Tour rookie Tomas Hermes of Brazil and was eliminated from the event in the last heat of the day.
The World Surf League officials will reconvene at 6.00am tomorrow morning to check out surf conditions and make the next call for a potential 6.30am start at Keramas Beach which is located on The East Coast Of Bali.
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