LOCAL wildcard Isei Tokovou grabbed the the single Fijian wildcard into the Volcom Pro earlier today, watched on by: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Pat and Dane Gudaskas, Ace Buchan and John John Florence.
You'd imagine that Kelly Slater might be a little peeved were the locals to take to the tube during his heat at Cloudbreak on June 3rd. But unable resist the perfect blue funnels reeling down the reef, the king of the hill, plus a bunch of early World Tour arrivals surfed alongside the Fijan locals, giving up priority to the hour-and-a-half local showdown whilst still managing to thread more than one Pacific needle. To be perfectly clear they were a welcome addition to the lineup.
The FSA (Fiji Surfing Association) are yet make a formal announcement of the winner of the three heat trials, that name 'might' be Isei Tokovou who came out on top of the four man final selection. Either way the winner should be on your radar as a cheeky Fantasy Surfer pick.
The local talent here may not be as highly regarded by the outside world, especially when compared to the bountiful Tahitian contingent, but according to Fiji Surf Co's Stuart Johnson, "Those watching witnessed our local boys exchange waves with Kelly and prove that they have more than it takes to win heats here."
© Malia Johnson