- 26 June 2013 | Surfing
The leader of the ASP World Tour rankings is out of the Oakley Pro Bali 2013. Kelly Slater has been eliminated in Round 5, at the primary venue of Keramas.
Excellent six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) barrels greeted all surfers still riding the Indonesian wave lines. Taj Burrow and Joel Parkinson will battle themselves in the Quarterfinals.
"The last few events I got stuck in that Round 5 and got a ninth and once you get to the Quarters it's considered a pretty good result, so I'm stoked", says Burrow.
"That was just magic. We were throwing away 9s and John was nearly sticking 8-foot corked out rotations. The kid can do it all and he was never one I was going to take lightly", added Parkinson.
Josh Kerr continued with the best heat of his career, threading several solid barrels and blending big forehand turns to collect a near-perfect 19.20 out of 20 heat total.
Of the fives waves Kerr caught in his Round 4 heat, all scored in the excellent (8 to 10-point range), including a Perfect 10.
"You can't script a much better heat and that was my first 10 in a 'CT event. I've been wanting one for years and to get one in a heat like that makes it that much more special. We're so stoked to come to Bali", expressed Kerr.
Michel Bourez, the powerful Tahitian, keeps doing very well. He exhibited a blend of fearless tube-riding as well as unmatched power carves on his forehand to move to the Quarterfinals.
Oakley Pro Bali 2013 Quarterfinals:
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Nat Young (USA)
QF 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)