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All In at Pumping Keramas

Jules, threading one of the thicker waves on opening day at Keramas. All photos Ryan Miller and Trevor Moran

With the classic ramp section turning into a standup tube during the morning's offshore, over-sized heats, JW still found room for critical turns on the inside. 

Non-stop quality, high performance waves saw Julian go between two of his favourite all-rounders, both slightly more refined than usual to suit Keramas:

Monsta 8 (here)
6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.5L

Air 17
6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L

When he wasn't getting tubed, Owen dominated his round one heat with hard hitting turns like this.

After changing the dimensions of his shortboards to be slightly lower volume for Bali, Owen's also kept several favourites from West Aus for bigger, more powerful conditions. His round one winner was a FMNII round pin , 6'4 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 29.2L.

Mikey showed just how comfortable he is in the barrel to easily win his round two matchup. 

Raw power's a good fit for most of the waves on the CT, but it doesn't get much better than Mikey's forehand at Keramas.

So far in the event we've seen everything from double overhead drainers to windy, shoulder high ramps. On this morning though, with a lot more of the former, both Ace and Mikey went for their good wave boards:

Mikey (6'0" / 75kg) - Monsta 8
6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 5/16" x 27.2L

Ace (5'9" / 73kg) - Monsta 8
5’11” x 18 5/8” x 2 5/16” x 26.4L

FMNII round pin 
5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.8L (here)
6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.4L 

Both in the barrel and on rail, Ace's backhand looked sharp as always to roll into round three. Here he's riding:

HYFI Monsta 8
5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L 

The main reason why Ace started the year with a huge final result against Julian at Kirra - his backhand tube riding is more polished than just about anyone on tour. 

By the time Jeremy's heat hit the water it was all turns instead of tubes, and he adapted nicely to skip straight into round three. Since Brazil, Jezza's go-to high performance shortboards have been:

Monsta 8
5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L

FMNII round pin 
5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25L

Fred, manhandling a bumpy late morning lineup to make it 7 from 7 Traktor Team riders in the event through to round three. We're biased, but also couldn't be any prouder of the way everyone's performed in Bali so far. 

Powerful, lined-up righthanders are exactly the type of waves Fred's surfed more than anything else, and they're perfect for his regular everyday shortboards (he's 6'1" / 81kg):

Monsta 8 
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

FMNII round pin 
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L 

Sal, blowing the tail in a free surf. 

Just like in Brazil, Sal's still rolling with her favourite all-rounders that she's surfed in every event since Snapper (easily recognisable thanks to the sprays). At 5'7" / 62kg, she rides:

Monsta 8
5'7" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 23.6L

Joel, picking up right where he left off at Keramas with a win in the first heat of the event.

Another similarity to the 2013 event is Parko's penchant for a quad set-up, which he used in every heat up until the final. Now, with round one running in pumping tubes and chunky end sections, Joel's using the latest and greatest version of what he rode to the podium five years ago:

Monsta 8 
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

FMNII round pin 
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L
6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 29L 

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