Canggu-Bali: With the second day of surfing completed at the Oakley Pro 09, Rounds 2 and 3 have finished up and tomorrow will bring the man-on-man format Round Four.
20 minute heats and plenty of waves on offer had Round 4 finished up at just after 12 pm, as the strengthening wind and lower tide put a stop to the action for the day, similar to yesterdays conditions.
The waves today were a bit smaller, in the 3-4 foot range, but with a slight bumpiness that challenged even the best of the surfers at times. Tomorrow’s prediction is for another slight drop in wave height but an increase in swell period, so it should be another premium day at Canggu for the remaining contestants who will be putting on a great show.
The highlight of the day was surely Raditya Rondi in Heat 6 of Round 4, who on his backhand smashed a couple of waves for 8+ point rides. The young trickster then pulled off a backside 360 air reverse, switched stance for a few seconds, then attempted a kick flip on the inside and nearly pulled it off.
The lowlight of the day was Pepen Hendrik apparently pulling a groin muscle in the waning minutes of the final heat of the day. He got six points for the wave and a second place finish so advances to Round 4, and we hope that his injury is not severe and that he will be able to surf tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s call will again be for a 6:30 am start, and with the expected conditions on offer together with the caliber of surfers in Round 4, it will be a stellar show. See you tomorrow on the beach!
See attached Heat Draw for the Round 4 matchups.