The Margaret River Pro will be completed at Uluwatu
Overnight, the WSL announced that the Margaret River Pro, cancelled because of shark activity, will be completed at Uluwatu.
The competition will run immediately after the conclusion of the Corona Bali Pro at Keramas, and be completed no later than June 13th. If Keramas uses up its waiting period that leaves just four days to run the competition.
In the men’s event, 24 competitors remain in the field and competition will recommence with Round 3. In the women’s event, eight competitors remain in the field and competition will recommence with the Quarterfinals.
“As highlighted when we cancelled the Margaret River Pro, there were extenuating circumstances surrounding this season’s event and we committed to trying to finish the competition if possible,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “It’s a significant investment for the WSL, but it’s the right thing to do. Uluwatu is a world-class wave and we’re excited to be completing the event there.”
A big beneficiary of the move will be Gabriel Medina who was due to meet wildcard Jack Robinson in Rd 3. Robbo now loses the home turf advantage.
The last time Uluwatu hosted a top tier competition was in 2008 with the Rip Curl Search Bali. Bruce Irons was the victor on that occasion.