Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Australian wins second 2019 Red Bull Airborne stop off Keramas coast.
Jack Freestone held off Hawaiian duo Kalani David and Eli Hanneman with a classy display of aerial surfing to win the second Red Bull Airborne stop of the 2019 season against the stunning backdrop of Bali’s Keramas coast. Here is all you need to know:
– Brazilian Italo Ferreira won at the first Gold Coast stop of Josh Kerr‘s brainchild that encourages surfing for those that want to show their creativity above the lip.
– This time, Australian Freestone made his way through the heats to meet David, Hanneman, Ian Crane (USA), Eric Geiselman (USA) and Mason Ho (HAW) in the final.
– David and Hanneman were not going to go down without a fight and Freestone needed a huge frontside air-reverse to capture the World Surf League victory.
– Freestone, 27, said: “I am so stoked, it was awesome. To share the final with those guys was sick. I have got a really good relationship with Keramas – I love it and it suits me.”
– The height and rotation shown throughout the week was impressive with some huge, reverse, flip and straight air attempts produced in the heat of battle.
– The airs, judged on a 0-10 scale, were scored on completion, commitment, degree of difficulty, innovative and progressive manoeuvres, style, speed, power, height and technicality.
– The 18 surfers, picked by Kerr, are a combination of CT, underground talents and local wildcards with each winner taking home $20,000 out of the $70,000 pot for each event.