Lakey Peterson (USA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) have taken out the Corona Bali Protected presented by Hurley, Stop No. 5 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).
The final day saw incredible performances in clean waves at Keramas on Bali’s east coast, allowing the world’s best surfers to put on a show at one of the most high-performance waves on the planet.
Peterson’s emphatic win sees her reclaim the Jeep Leader Jersey, continuing her red-hot form in 2018. The Californian had only two final appearances last season and settled for second on both occasions.
After only four completed events this year, Peterson secured three finals and took top honours in two. Peterson’s wave selection and turn executions were on point at Keramas all week and the Final was no exception with the Santa Barbara native winning with a two-wave total of 14.33 (out of a possible 20) against two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS).
“I’m over the moon,” said Peterson. “This is just so crazy. Seeing Steph (Gilmore) win in Brasil really lit a fire in me, and I came here and knew what I had to do. I’ve just been keeping calm all week. This is a really long year, so it’s been fun to be a part of it so far. To have a Final against Tyler (Wright) was cool. She’s been surfing so well and when she took off on that last wave, I was so nervous and didn’t know if she’d get the score. In the end it worked out for me. That chair up the beach was so cool. There are people dancing everywhere. This is crazy.”
The Corona Bali Protected is the first-ever Women’s CT event in Bali, and it delivered all-time conditions. Peterson’s historic win today solidifies her status as one of the most progressive surfers on Tour and moves her a step closer to claiming the USA’s first women’s World Title since Lisa Andersen in 1997.
Ferreira cemented himself as a bonafide World Title contender by reclaiming the Jeep Leader Jersey and taking his second win of the 2018 season. Ferreira held the two highest single-wave scores of the event and three of the event’s top heat totals.
The goofy-footer launched and landed massive aerials, attacked the lip with precision, and threaded backhand tubes throughout to prove himself as the worthy winner of the Corona Bali Protected.
“It’s really cool to get back the Jeep Leader Jersey,” Ferreira said. “There are a lot more steps I need to take to win the World Title, so I will enjoy this moment, but I want to win more. The CT is full of amazing surfers, but I am feeling confident and I want to keep the momentum and extend my lead.”
“This wave is perfect; it reminds me of my home break,” Ferreira continued. “I have been paddling out when it’s dark every day because I love this wave and I want to get as many as I can. It was such a perfect day. Michel (Bourez) is a real power-surfer — probably the best on Tour — so I knew I needed to be at my best to win. Luckily for me, I found some good waves and was able to show my surfing.”
The next stop on the WSL CT will be the Uluwatu CT, the event that will complete the cancelled Margaret River Pro. The Uluwatu CT holding period will open in the next 72 hours and close on June 13th, 2018. In the men’s event, 24 competitors remain in the field and competition will recommence with Round 3. In the women’s event, eight competitors remain in the field and competition will recommence with the Quarterfinals.
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Corona Bali Protected Women’s Final Result:
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.33
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.74
Corona Bali Protected Men’s Final Result:
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.87
2 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.83
Corona Bali Protected Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.27 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 5.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.13 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.93
2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Corona Bali Protected):
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 35,630 pts
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 34,235 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 26,105 pts
4 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 23,460 pts
5 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 22,065 pts
2018 WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Corona Bali Protected):
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 24,995 pts
2 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 22,820 pts
3 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 21,080 pts
4 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 19,375 pts
5 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17,860 pts
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