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Oakley Pro Bali Joins 2013 WCT Schedule

February 14th, 2013
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Oakley brings the ASP World Championship Tour to Keramas in Bali for the 2013 season.

The ASP is delighted to declare the sanctioning of the Oakley Pro Bali at Keramas as an ASP World Championship Tour license for 2013. The event will be the 5th of 10 events on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour and the first selected tour event in Indonesia since the Rip Curl Pro Search back in 2008.

“We are very excited about the addition of the Oakley Pro Bali to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour schedule,” Renato Hickel, ASP WCT Manager, said. “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.”

Although the righthand reef break of Keramas will serve as the main location, Oakley has also approved the beachbreaks of nearby Canggu as a backup location. The Indonesian island nirvana is a acknowledged host to plenty of world class breaks, making the Oakley Pro Bali one of the most awaited events of 2013.

“Keramas, to me, is the most high-performance wave on the planet,” Jordy Smith, current ASP WCT surfer, said. “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, it’s going to be a huge challenge for the judges as the performances are going to be next level. This is really exciting.”

2013 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 2–13
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – March 27–April 7
Billabong Rio Pro – May 8–19
Volcom Pro Fiji – June 2–14
Oakley Pro Bali – June 18–29
Billabong Pro Teahupo’o – August 15–26
Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 15–21
Quiksilver Pro France – September 27 – October 7
Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 9–20
Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8–20

Having hosted the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships the upgrade to an ASP WCT event exemplifies the eyewear giant’s first plunder into the elite level of contest.

“Surfing is an integral part of Oakley’s DNA and we are proud of our six year legacy in Indonesia,” Scott Bowers, Oakley SVP Global Sports Marketing, said. “We have hosted 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 and we are eager to take the next step in this evolution. Not only is the Balinese coastline known for its wealth of high performance waves, but the rich culture and enthusiasm for the sport of surfing in Bali make it the perfect location for the inaugural Oakley Pro.”

Watch the Oakley Pro Bali at Keramas live at www.oakleyprobali.com. The event is scheduled to run June 18th – 29th 2013.

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