Oakley Pro Bali: Making the Dream Tour a Little More Dreamy

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When deciding on where to host its first-ever ASP World Championship Tour event, major metropolis’ weren’t part of the discussion in the Oakley war room. The “Dream Tour,” as its sometimes called, deserved to be more dreamy and the world’s best surfers deserve to gorge themselves on Nasi Goreng, Oakley brass decided.

Many thanks go out to the generations of juniors for their years of recon. The Oakley World Pro Junior has been a smashing success for years, but the time and location was right to bring the world’s best surfers, the ASP World Tour, to Bali and share with the webcast-watching world what exactly Keramas is all about. We imagine it will take about two waves to understand that “world-class” is a fitting adjective for the right-hand reefbreak.

The world’s best rippers seem to agree.

“It’s pretty much going to be the best ‘CT on Tour,” Jordy Smith concluded. “Keramas, to me, is the most high-performance wave on the planet. Oakley have had their world junior event there for a few years and I’m glued to the computer every time it’s on. To have the Top 34 there, I don’t know how the judges will be able to judge it, the performances are going to be next level. This is really exciting.”

“A ‘CT at Keramas is going to be all-time,” said Joel Parkinson, the reigning ASP World Champion.

Putting Keramas in perspective? Think Lower Trestles length of rides with better air sections; Jeffrey’s Bay speed and Backdoor barrels. Located on the southeast part of the island, the wave is a magnet for swells and should off ample opportunity for the full skillset of the Top 34 to shine.

The upgrade to from a World Pro Junior to an ASP WCT event represents the natural progression of Oakley’s commitment to supporting the growth of surfing internationally.

“Surfing has been deeply entrenched in Oakley’s heritage since the mid 1980’s and we are proud of our legacy in the sport,” said Scott Bowers, Oakley’s SVP of Global Sports Marketing. “This evolution has been in the making for many years; preceded by a number of specialty surfing events in Bali from surf shop challenge and pro junior events to crowning the ASP World Junior Champion last year. We are eager to finally introduce a game-changing WCT event and showcase the sport’s top talent on the world stage with the inaugural Oakley Pro Bali.”

The Oakley Pro Bali will be Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour and run from June 18 – 29, 2013. Watch for more updates at oakleyprobali.com.

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