The dust has only just settled on Margies sharkgate, which saw surf fans and pundits pitted against each other with gritted teeth, half arguing the WSL made the right call to cancel, and the other decrying the pampered nature of those on the tour.
However, a silver lining it seems, has suddenly emerged! Today the WSL announced that after Keramas, those left in the Margies draw at the time of termination will zip down the Bukit, to finish off the event at Ulus.
“The event will commence within 48 hours after the conclusion of the Corona Bali Pro at Keramas, and finish no later than June 13th, 2018,” said the official release. “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.”
The company’s CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt, said, “We felt that the shark activity that prompted the event cancellation had not significantly improved and returning was not in the best interests of the surfers this season. We extensively explored various alternatives before deciding to invest in completing the event at Uluwatu in Bali.”
The CT hasn’t visited the region since the Search even in 08, which saw pumping waves and we imagine the news will be welcomed by almost everyone!