THE Corona Bali Protected, stop number five on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has continued in super clean three-to-five (1.4 - 1.9 metre) foot surf at Keramas.
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12 heats of men’s round three were run and won in what was an incredible day of action at one of the world’s most high-performance waves.
Culburra Beach’s Mikey Wright, a Corona Bali Protected wildcard, has caused yet another massive upset by eliminating current championships leader Julian Wilson (Australia) in an explosive battle.
The first exchange saw both surfers score similar waves with tubes and crisp turns, but Wright got the nod from the judges to score a 6.60 to Wilson’s 6.00.
With score in a similar range the heat would all come down to their back up scores.
Wilson put the pressure on, netting a 5.83 to take the lead.
Wright was left searching for a 5.23.
In the last 90 seconds, Wright pounced on a medium inside wave and unloaded three precision-sharp turns and was rewarded with a 5.67, adding another impressive upset to his collection.
“I’m really happy to be in the final 12 surfers left in the draw,” Wright said.
“Julian [Wilson] is so good out here at Keramas, it was great to be out here with him.
“I love this wave, so I hope I can have a few more heats out here.”
Wright now faces Adrian Buchan (Australia) and Griffin Colapinto (United States) in round four.
Unfortunately, Mikey’s brother Owen lost his round three surf off against Brazil’s Willian Cardoso, eliminating him from the competition.
Corona Bali Protected men’s round three results:
Heat one: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.34 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.37
Heat two: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.17 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.97
Heat three: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.37
Heat four: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.40 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 8.83
Heat five: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.84 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.40
Heat six: Mikey Wright (AUS) 12.27 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.83
Heat seven: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.70 def. Michael February (ZAF) 9.44
Heat eight: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.04 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.50
Heat nine: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.36 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 9.00
Heat 10: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.30 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 10.10
Heat 11: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.13 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.46
Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.43 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.43
Corona Bali Protected men’s round four match ups:
Heat one: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat teo: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat three: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat four: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Corona Bali Protected women’s round three match ups:
Heat one: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat two: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat three: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat four: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
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