The competition kicks off with a bang at the Krui Pro Qualifying Series 5000 event
Former Championship Tour competitor Jesse Mendes (ITA) only got his first surf in South Sumatra this morning on his opening round of the day. The super stylish goofy footer couldn’t believe his luck when he arrived to find the edge of the ruler to the left of Ujung Bocur with just three other players. The excitement paid off as the Italian representative took victory in his first and second rounds of the day at the Krui Pro. Mendes posted the highest two-wave combination in his opening run with a total of 15.76.
“It’s an amazing place for a competition,” Mendes said. “I had my first surf this morning and I can believe how much fun this wave is. I can’t wait to go back. Indonesia is such a beautiful place, this is my first time to Krui, it makes me want to explore this country more.”
Another CT competitor who looked ominous on the first day of competition was Soli Bailey (AUS) who posted the second-best two-wave combination on the opening day. Bailey’s total of 14.56 came from his first two waves as the Aussie played patient play to clinch the best two waves of the 25-minute match. The Byron Bay locals’ experience in competition was evident as he dominated just days after arriving in the region for the first time.
“I’ve never ridden this wave so I’m thrilled to be here and to be part of this event,” Bailey said. “I’m just here to have fun and enjoy the tropics, so surfing a few rounds in this place is just a bonus. The heat here is crazy – compared to the competition at home, the heat really tires you out, so I focused on managing that. These waves are definitely the best I’ve had in a competition in a while and I haven’t competed much in a few years so I’m just focusing on having fun right now.
It was an outstanding day for the Japanese contingent of competitors at Krui with Toy Tanaka (JPN), Rinta Oooto (JPN, Hiroto Arai (JPN), Kaito Kurakawa (JPN), Kaiki Yamanaka (JPN), Takuto Ohta (JPN), Roi Kanazawa (JPN), Momoto Tsuzuki (JPN) and Kyoshiro Suda (JPN) all progressed in their heats today.
Jordy Maree (ZAF), Xavier Huxtable (AUS) and Jarvis Earle (AUS) were three of the young talents who turned heads on day one as all three progressed to the next round of competition. Earle was impressive, posting a two-wave combination of 14.16, the third highest on the opening day.
After a flurry of rain and high winds late in the day, event organizers canceled the competition after round 12. WSL officials will reconvene and make another call at 6:30 a.m. local time to a possible departure at 7:00 am.
The Krui Pro 2022 will take place in Ujung Bocur from June 11 to 17. Be sure to tune in and watch it live at www.worldsurfleague.com or the WSL app.
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