|The highly anticipated Heat 3 matchup saw Current World No. 1 Caroline Marks (USA), the youngest competitor on Tour (17 years old), battle World No. 18 Silvana Lima (BRA), the oldest surfer on the women’s Tour (34 years old). Marks started strong with two mid-range scores, but Lima kept pushing her scoreline until she surpassed the American with a 1.3-point advantage.
The Corona Bali Protected is Lima’s first event back in 2019 after suffering a knee injury at the Corona Open J-Bay last year. The Brasilian’s renewed intensity has been evident in her last two heats, and she will utilize this confidence coming up against Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals.
“When I saw that I was coming up against Caroline (Marks), I was so nervous,” Lima said. “She is such an amazing surfer with such a perfect backhand, so it was going to be really hard to beat her. Taking that win gives me one-hundred percent confidence in myself and my surfing. It’s such a good feeling. This is my first event back and now I’m in the Quarterfinals, which is so good for me and my seed especially for the Olympic qualification.”
Marks will exit Stop No. 3 of 10 in Equal 9th, her worst result after a first-place finish on the Gold Coast and third place at Bells Beach.
“I had a really good freesurf this morning and one yesterday afternoon so to lose that heat is a big bummer,” Marks said. “I made a few mistakes out there especially being too selective with the waves I caught. I should have stayed more active rather than sitting and waiting, but I guess I can learn from that. That’s the best thing about losing is that you can learn a lot. I wanted to win this event so losing is the worst thing ever. I really hate it but it definitely makes me way more fired up for the next event. Silvana (Lima) surfed really well in that heat and definitely got the best waves, so I wish her luck with the rest of the event.”