Keramas, Bali/Indonesia (Sunday, May 12, 2019) – The Corona Bali Protected will welcome back the world’s best surfers tomorrow for the start of the third stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). The event’s holding period runs through May 25, 2019, and event officials will select the best days within the window to run the competition. With a promising forecast over the next two days, the event looks likely to get underway tomorrow on its opening day.

Heading into its second year, title partner Corona and WSL are continuing to raise awareness around the world about the dangers of marine plastic pollution in Bali by dedicating the name of the event to the cause. At the Corona Bali Pro-tected, Corona is launching “La Casa”, a pop-up house made from 1.5 tons of recycled plastic in partnership with NevHouse. The house is a platform for surfers, artists and thought-leaders to collaborate on projects that can inspire a better world. The house will pop-up in different locations on the Championship Tour, with each iteration involving new collaborators and new projects. This year, in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, the project is supporting local NGOs who have successfully campaigned for a ban of single-use plastic later this year.

Pictured: Keramas surf break in Bali, Indonesia Credit: © WSL / Cestari

Defending Event Winners Peterson and Ferreira Poised to Strike at Keramas
Lakey Peterson (USA) took a big victory at the 2018 Corona Bali Protected to put herself in serious contention for her maiden WSL Title. In 2019, Peterson returns to Keramas hoping to make up ground as she sits just outside of the Top 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard. The 25-year-old will be one to watch with her powerful forehand on the walls of Keramas.

“I really feel that Indonesia as a whole is so important to surfing,” Peterson said. “I believe that the best waves in the world are here in Indonesia and I think that most surfers around the world would agree, so I think it’s so good that the CT is back here in Bali. Last year was so special to take the win here and being chaired-up the beach was something I’ll never forget. I’d like to take some confidence from that and I do believe that there is a lot to improve on from my performance from last year, so I’m looking forward to applying it at this event. I’ve had a bit of a disappointing start to the year so I’m hoping to get back to the basics and enjoy it here in Bali.”

Last season, Italo Ferreira (BRA) put the surfing world on notice by taking out three of the eleven stops on the men’s CT. One of these wins came at the Corona Bali Protected, where the Brazilian livewire mixed progression and power to decimate his opponents. With a win already this season on the Gold Coast, Ferreira comes to Bali sitting in second on the Jeep Leaderboard with hopes to relive his success from 2018 and work through a minor ankle injury.

“The wave of Keramas is so special and is one of the best rights in the world,” Ferreira said. “It’s so close to the beach so you can hear all of the fans on the beach and feel the energy. Last year was so special for me winning this event. I feel like it was one of the best performances of my life. I’ve got a small injury in my ankle, but it feels pretty good so I’m looking forward to putting the jersey on and competing.”

Jeep Frontrunners Marks and Florence Ready for Opening Day Swell
After only two events on the 2019 CT Season, 17-year-old Caroline Marks (USA) already has a commanding lead on the Jeep Rankings as she arrives on the ‘Island of the Gods’. Having finished in Equal 5th place at Keramas last year, Marks refuses to settle for anything less than a Semifinal result.

“Bali is so amazing and it has some of the best waves in the world,” Marks said. “The people are so nice, it’s super warm so it’s good to be back. I definitely think that it is one of the most high-performance waves on Tour and I love surfing it on my backhand and I feel like the wave really suits my surfing. This year has been so fun and I’m really stoked to be wearing the Jeep Leaders Jersey. I want this contest to get started because I feel like I’m in a good rhythm so want to keep it going and hold on to the lead all year. I’m so excited to get the event started and keep my plan simple which is to win every time I paddle out.”

Known for his incredible talent in the air, in the tube, and on the face, John John Florence (HAW) looks forward to competing at Keramas, the Balinese gem that offers opportunities that match all these surfing styles. Last year, Florence uncharacteristically fell out of the draw early, injured himself shortly after, and was then forced to withdraw from the remainder of the 2018 season. Florence now arrives in Bali in a much better position, atop of the Jeep Leaderboard. The two-time WSL Champion hopes to right the wrongs of last year and stamp his authority at the Corona Bali Protected.

“Bali is the kind of place that you dream of coming when you’re a kid,” Florence said. “It’s such a perfect surf trip with great waves and such a rich culture. It’s a totally different world here with such amazing people and great food. Keramas is one of the best places to compete in the world, it’s so high performance and really consistent, too. It has a bit of everything with barrels turns and air sections. It really brings the best out of the competitors, plus it’s so close to the beach, which makes it exciting. I’m super excited to be in the Jeep Leaders Jersey but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself as it’s a long year. This is definitely one of the better starts to the year I’ve had which is nice to know that all of that hard work to come back from my injury has paid off.”
Aussie Duo Hopes to Conquer Keramas

Pictured: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) Credit: © WSL / Cestari

Although she fell short of winning the inaugural women’s CT on Indonesian soil last year, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) was an event standout, posting some of the biggest heat totals by threading some of the longest barrels at the event. The perennial Title threat will be hoping for some solid surf this week so she can show the world once again that she is one of the Tour’s best tube-riders.

Fellow Aussie hopeful Ryan Callinan will be surfing his first CT heats at the idyllic right-hander and can’t wait to show off his electric backhand surfing on the big stage. After a breakthrough performance at Bells Beach two weeks ago, Callinan finds himself inside the top ten on the Jeep Leaderboard and as the highest placing Australian.

“Indonesia and Bali in the surfing world offer some of the best waves on the planet,” Callinan said. “This place has really excelled the level of surfing through movie parts and contests over the years, and it’s always been phenomenal surfing in the world’s best waves which is awesome. I competed here in junior events and that was cool, but to paddle out at Keramas at the CT level is going to be really exciting. I’m stoked to be in the Top 10 at this point of the year and am feeling a lot more settled on Tour this time around, so I’m excited to see how it will pan out and would love to push into that top five by the end of the season.”
Rising Tides – WSL Girls Program Dominates Keramas Lineup

Pictured: Rising Tides – WSL Girls Program at Keramas Credit: © WSL / Dunbar

The third Rising Tides – WSL Girls Program cleared the lineup at Keramas, one of the most high-performance waves in the world, for young up-and-coming surfers (aged 6 to 16) to surf alongside the CT women. The event welcomed the local community to surf alongside the world’s best surfers and engage in a Q+A session. Special guests included Diah Rahayu, who is celebrated as first female professional surfer from Bali, and Kailani Johnson, who will be the first Indonesian woman to compete in a Championship Tour event as the Corona Bali Protected wildcard.

Pictured: Rising Tides – WSL Girls Program at Keramas Credit: © WSL / Dunbar

Pictured: Italo Ferreira (BRA) Credit: © WSL / Sloane

Keramas Ramps Ready for Red Bull Airborne Bali
The Red Bull Airborne Bali will feature the most creative surfers take to the air in the WSL specialty series. After an incredible opening event on the Gold Coast, which saw Ferreira claim victory, the innovative aerialists will turn their attention to the mega ramps offered by the Keramas end section. The event window will open tomorrow and run through May 19, 2019.

18 surfers will be featured across two rounds. The first round will host six qualifying heats (Qualifying Rounds 1 and 2) with six surfers in each heat. The second round will be the six-person Final. Bali invitees include Chippa Wilson (AUS), Noa Deane (AUS), Eithan Osborne (USA), Matt Meola (HAW), and Lee Wilson (IDN).

The first call will be tomorrow, Monday, May 13 at 6:10 a.m. WITA for a possible 6:30 a.m. start. At this time, event organizers will assess the conditions and decide the day’s competition schedule.

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Surfline Forecast for Corona Bali Protected

Red Bull Airborne Bali Qualifying Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Noa Deane (AUS), Chippa Wilson (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS), Eli Hanneman (HAW), Lee Wilson (IDN), Local Wildcard
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Eithan Osborne (USA), Matt Meola (HAW), Mason Ho (HAW), Matt Banting (AUS), Eric Geiselman (USA)
Heat 3: Yago Dora (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), Finn McGill (HAW), Kalani David (HAW), Bronson Meydi (IDN)

Red Bull Airborne Bali Qualifying Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Mason Ho (HAW), Kalani David (HAW), Wildcard
Heat 2: Noa Deane (AUS), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), Finn McGill (HAW), Eli Hanneman (HAW), Matt Banting (AUS), Eric Geiselman (USA)
Heat 3: Yago Dora (BRA), Chippa Wilson (AUS), Eithan Osborne (USA), Matt Meola (HAW), Lee Wilson (IDN), Bronson Meydi (IDN)

Corona Bali Protected Women’s Round 1 (Seeding Round) Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Kailani Johnson (IDN)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Malia Manuel (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

Corona Bali Protected Men’s Round 1 (Seeding Round) Matchups:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW), Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Deivid Silva (BRA), Rio Waida (IDN)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Yago Dora (BRA), Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 10: Wade Carmichael (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 11: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Mikey Wright (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (FRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA)

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