LAMPUNG, Sumatra/Indonesia (Thursday, April 19, 2018) - The 2018 Krui Pro ran though a massive day of competition in near perfect conditions to decide the Semifinalists in the women’s QS1,000 division and Quarterfinalists in the men’s QS1,500. The stage is now set for an epic final’s day tomorrow and the forecast is calling for epic conditions to finish the event off with style.
Harley Ross has been a standout all event and still hold record of posting the highest single wave score. He used fast and aggressive backhand whips to win through two heats today and seems to have the timing and sections of this wave figured out. He will match up against Gabriel Villarán in Quarterfinal 1 tomorrow morning.
“I am so stoked to get through two heats today!” Ross said. “Last night I felt super sick, I was up all night. I haven’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday, so I am really exhaused, but it doesn’t matter anymore — I am stoked to be in the Quarterfinals.”
Oney Anwar and Rio Waida are the last two Indonesian surfer standing in this event as they both advanced to the Quarterfinals against tough international contingent. Anwar advanced in second place behind Ross, but has been looking sharp and determined to get a big result here. He will now face Tomas Tudela in Quarterfinal 2.
“I was super stressed in that heat because all the guys have been surfing so good today,” Anwar said. “At the end there was a few waves caught and I was in second with one good score and one small score. Luckily for me no one was able to overtake me and I am now into the quarterfinals. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I really want a big result here.”
Tomas Tudela was on fire on his forehand in both heat wins at the Krui Pro today. The young Peruvian had his Round 4 heat against his brother Miguel, and countryman Gabriel Villarán, and Australian David Vlug, but it was Tomas and Villarán who put enough scores on the board to progress to the Quarterfinals.
“To make two heats in one day means it’s a good day,” Tomas Tudela said. “We had near-perfect surf in the heat this morning and this afternoon it was big and windy, but still super fun. This is already a good result for me so I am stoked to be in the Quarterfinals, we have a lot of guys here from Peru and it’s really inspiring to travel together and push each other. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
The women’s Quarterfinals saw a few upsets with Emily Gussoni (ITA) eliminating former CT surfer Chelsea Tuach. She will now take on Lucia Martino in Semifinal 1 tomorrow. Last year’s runner-up Ellie Francis was eliminated by Sydney, Australia’s Alysse Cooper who will now take on Bailey Nagy in Semifinal 2.
The Krui Pro will be webcasting all the action live from April 16-20. For more information, Webcast, results and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the WSL App.