(World Surf League) - The Corona Bali Protected presented by Hurley, Stop No. 5 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has once again been treated to picture-perfect conditions. The event ran through the men’s Quarterfinals and the women’s Quarterfinals and Semifinals on Friday, leaving just four heats to go until the Corona Bali Protected victors will be decided.
The first competitor to solidify a spot in the Final was reigning two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) who took down event standout Silvana Lima (BRA) in Quarterfinal 1, then Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in Semifinal 1. Wright seemed to be building towards the final day as she has now guaranteed her best result for the year so far.
After Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was eliminated in the Quarterfinals, Lakey Peterson (USA) saw a massive opportunity to take back the Jeep Leader Jersey. Before she could eye it off, she would first have to overcome Malia Manuel (HAW) in Quarterfinal 1, a tough task as Manuel pushed her to the limit until the final minutes. She then met event standout Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in Semifinal 2 and put on a commanding performance that saw her dominate the Australian. Fitzgibbons began to fight back late but it was to no avail, giving Peterson her third CT final appearance of the year, where a win will give her the No. 1 spot on the Jeep Leaderboard.