Dream Overload on Day 1 of Uluwatu CT

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Sure, it’s a Dream Tour, yet can it ever get too dreamy? Say you’re a CT aspirant and we stone adult to a Bukit and a acai bowls adult during Single Fin are only too refreshingly delicious. The array of picture-perfect lefts from Temples by Racetracks too turquoise, too inviting, too perfect. The cavern we paddle out from too idyllic, a seawater too impeccably warm, a group and women examination too well bronzed, a WSL athlete’s section pool in front of a categorical rise too booshie…

Can a dream have we dreaming? Perhaps.

Jesse Mendes. Photo: Cestari/WSL; Main image: Uluwatu. Photo: Sloane/WSL

Indeed, Day 1 during a Uluwatu CT checked all a boxes only mentioned, notwithstanding a delayed start to a tangible waves before noon. But those lines eventually came and, as witnessed today, a group in Round 3 who modernized certainly had their eyes on a esteem and didn’t let Ulus’ surreal anticipation foam their vision.

One of those surfers that kept a concentration was Michael Rodrigues who degraded THE male to flog in a eventuality and a whole Indonesian leg, Italo Ferreira. Certainly, entrance off a new win in Keramas, and with his Instagram clips newly (which uncover him stomping 3 airs-per-wave with a integrate tubes and turns in between during Ulus), Italo’s looked in tip form and probably unstoppable.

Not so today. Maybe it was a box of nerves, pressure, or his opponent’s intimidating, wide-hawk haircut, yet Italo wasn’t looking adult to snuff. In fact, he looked like he wanted it too much, was a smidge too wide-legged, had a left arm that wouldn’t keep still and did not do one atmosphere — a thing everyone, himself included, was watchful for.

Michael Rodrigues. Photo: Cestari/WSL

On a contrary, while Italo looked a small spazzy, M-Rod looked cool, ease and collected on his backhand, going straight on any vicious Ulus pocket, displaying a stylish, lethal explosiveness in his surfing a universe hasn’t seen nonetheless from him, yet begs for more. 

He sent his associate countryman make-up by plain out-surfing him, no tricks or strategy required. But maybe it was a haircut…

“That was unbelievable,” pronounced Rodrigues. “I’m unhappy about Italo, yet it’s all good and we only appreciate God and urge for some-more waves. we consider when I’m in a feverishness like that with someone like Italo, we try to forget who I’m adult opposite and only concentration on doing a good job. we consider that’s what happened.”

Connor O’Leary. Photo: Sloane/WSL

A integrate other battles where a victors that came out on tip were a group that only looked looser and some-more loose like: Jordy Smith and Connor O’Leary. 

In Jordy’s case, it was a matter of power, his turns pulling a lot some-more H2O compared to Michael Febs’ silky notwithstanding lighter lines. While Jordy did demeanour a small big-bodied for a distance of a waves in his heat, he remained optimistic, post-heat.

“Zuluwatu is going off,” laughed Smith. “That’s what we call a South African organisation adult here on a cliff. we theory possibly approach a South African was gonna make it by my feverishness [laughs]. It’s a bummer when we take out a associate countryman, yet everyone’s gotta go to work and do their job. Fortunately for me, things went my way, we consider he only had a exhausted start, yet we know he’s gonna come alive by a subsequent few events.”

Jordy Smith. Photo: Cestari/WSL

In a bit of an underwhelming matchup between a questionably harmed Gabriel Medina (his knee) and backside tube-wunderkind, Jack Robinson, Gabs handily distant a child notwithstanding an sparkling paddle conflict to flog things off where Jack scarcely slipped into one behind Gabs.

Try as he may, a waves and call peculiarity wouldn’t concur with Jack and yet he trafficked distant by a few categorical rise drainers — nothing would let him out. Gabs, on a other hand, was looking nimble and quick, no matter a knee-talk around a H2O cooler.


Gabriel Medina. Photo: Sloane/WSL

Capping off a fad before eve was a frolicsome feverishness between heavyfooters, Willian Cardoso and Adriano de Souza. Going tit for tat many of a heat, laying all they had into any and any backhand hack, it was Big Will’s thighs that edged out de Souza in a end. 

“I knew it was gonna be tough to flog Adriano, yet that’s only a approach it goes and we only have to go big,” pronounced Cardoso. “But I’ve been unresolved with a lot of a locals around here who’ve been display me a ropes and we consider it’s helped me with meaningful when to pierce down a rise and things with a tides.”

Look for a 6:30am (Bali time) start tomorrow for a rest of a Uluwatu CT!

Willian Cardoso. Photo: Sloane/WSL

The central Surfline forecast: Medium-size, mid-period SSW bloat peaks on Saturday morning, with an easing trend on Sunday. Moderate offshore upsurge (ESE trades) approaching any day.

Uluwatu CT Men’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.43 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.43
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.47 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.33
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.33 def. Michael Feb (ZAF) 7.26
Heat 4: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 14.77 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.93
Heat 5: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.77 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.16
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.34 def. Kael Walsh (AUS) 7.27
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.50 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 4.20
Heat 8: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.06 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.04
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 13.00 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.37

Remaining Uluwatu CT Men’s Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 12: Mikey Wright (AUS) (Walk)

Uluwatu CT Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

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