Bali to host World Surf League event for the fourth time

Italo Ferreira (BRA), the WINNER of the men’s 2018 Corona Bali Protected. Photo: WSL/Kelly Cestari
Italo Ferreira (BRA), the WINNER of the men’s 2018 Corona Bali Protected. Photo: WSL/Kelly Cestari

Keramas Beach on Bali’s east coast has once again been chosen as the location for a prestigious World Surf League (WSL) pro-surfing event. Set for May 13—24, the competition will bring the top male and female surfers from across the globe to battle it out on the Keramas breaks.

Bali will be the WSL tour’s third stop after competitions at beaches in Australia’s Gold Coast and Bells Beach in Victoria. Brazil, South Africa and Hawaii are among the other countries to host legs of the distinguished pro-surfing championships.

On Monday, WSL Commercial Director Scott Hargreaves met with Bali Deputy Governor Cok Ace and Indonesian surf champion and ambassador, Tipi Jabrik, to discuss the Bali component of the tour.

Hargreaves expressed his belief that the event will help to boost Bali’s image as an international tourist destination, and called on the support of Bali government, regional leaders and the local media to make the event a success.

Cok Ace voiced his appreciation towards the WSL for choosing Bali as a host, and expressed his eagerness to support the organizing committee.

This will be the fourth time the Indonesian tourist island has been accommodated the WSL, with similar events in 2008, 2013 and 2018. Last year’s competition saw Italo Ferreira of Brazil come out on top in the men’s final, and American Lakey Peterson in the women’s competition.

The Keramas Bali Pro will be live-streamed by WSL, so you can watch the competitors ripping even if you can’t make it all the way to Gianyar.

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