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Two waves and two stoked surfers at mind expanding wave. Surfing means never having to stop having fun, remember that next time you glare at someone in the lineup.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
"Look mum no hands" Kelly Slater about to duck into a little Cloudbreak cave.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
The main component from this swell originated in a well directed low pressure generating 30ft seas below Tasmania. 5 to 6 days later the remaining meat of the swell combined with another smaller swell generated off New Zealand and filled in at Cloudbreak.
Legendary Aussie carpenter Mitch Fry took a break from building a deck to get pitted.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Jon Roseman, Tavarua director, must wake up every morning and curse his lot built on the shifting sand.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Sun's out, guns out. And a few tubes.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Bobby Martinez has not been back here for years, it doesn't show.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Kelly Slater almost stuck this.© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Almost...© 2014 Stuart Johnson / fijisurfshots.com
Today was fun. Considerably more enjoyable than the XY chromosomes had during the recent Fiji Pro. Kelly Slater knew if he waited around long enough his favourite wave would pump, and sure enough the alchemy of a medium sized south west swell and top percentile high tides resulted in Slats calling Cloudbreak “One of the best days of surf I’ve had in years.” He also thanked his mum for the swell, which is lovely, but probably owed more to the larger synoptic forces at work.
None other than Bobby Martinez swelled the consciously uncoupled Quiksilver reunion alongside Jon Roseman, Tavarua director, and legendary Aussie carpenter Mitch Fry who took a break from building a deck to get pitted.
Everyone was just laughing and cheering each other into really fun waves, it will be a session I will not forget anytime soon.Stu Johnson
“The tides have been some of the highest we have seen all year and today the tide kept filling in but the waves kept coming.” Said our man on the ground Stu Johnson, who snagged a few keepers himself. “We were all tripping that it was staying so wide open on the ledge at high tide. Combined with the dead winds, Cloudbreak glassed off and became as user friendly as anyone could ask for.
“If you got caught by a set you would just do the loop past the tower on the inside, there was no worry about the reef. Everyone was just laughing and cheering each other into really fun waves, it will be a session I will not forget anytime soon. That is why Kelly said it was the funnest surf he has had in years.”
There is a pumping swell on the forecast so stand by for more if you are resident on Tavarua Island.
#HappyBirthday to my mom at home recovering after knee replacement surgery. Wish you could have been here for the most amazing sunset tonight on @tavaruaislandresort. And today was one of the best days of surf I’ve had in years!!! So thank you, Mom, for a gift back to me. #MomsRule
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