The site of the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships at Keramas, Bali, has been upgraded to a world tour stop on the 2013 schedule.The newly announced Oakley Pro Bali brings the number of world tour events up to 10 for the upcoming season, and is the first world tour stop to come to Indonesia since the Rip Curl Pro 2008.
A rock-bottom A-frame wave, Keramas is capable of holding surf anywhere from three to eight feet. It is considered one of the more consistent and dependable waves on the island of Bali and is a favorite destination for traveling pros looking to land their latest video part.
"Keramas, to me, is the most high-performance wave on the planet," told Jordy Smith in the ASP's prepared release. "To have the Top 34 there, it's going to be a huge challenge for the judges as the performances are going to be next level. This is really exciting."
The Oakley Pro Bali will run June 18-29 and falls between the Volcom Pro Fiji and the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, meaning ASP competitors won't have to contend with back-to-back left-hand reefs in the Pacific.
"We are very excited about the addition of the Oakley Pro Bali to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour schedule," said tour manager Renato Hickel. "This will be the first ASP World Title-deciding event at Keramas, an internationally-recognized venue of high-performance surfing, and we look forward to the ASP Top 34 doing battle there for years to come."
The 2013 ASP World Tour season will begin in earnest on March 2 when the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast gets underway at Snapper Rocks.
Updated Schedule for 2013 ASP World Championship Tour
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: March 2 - 13, 2013
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: March 27 - April 7, 2013
Billabong Rio Pro: May 8 - 19, 2013
Volcom Pro Fiji: June 2 - 14, 2013
Oakley Pro Bali: June 18 - 29, 2013
Billabong Pro Teahupo'o: August 15 - 26, 2013
Hurley Pro at Trestles: September 15 - 21, 2013
Quiksilver Pro France: September 27 - October 7, 2013
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: October 9 - 20, 2013
Billabong Pipe Masters: December 8 - 20, 2013