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Local wildcard Aca Lalabalavu got a free pass from Kelly and lost to Pupo. Unfortunately he has to face Kelly in Rd 2 ... assuming that is he makes his heat.
Mick Fanning lost to a Hobgood, as does tend to happen in Fiji, and faces Alex Gray in Rd 2. “Mick’s a great competitor and I knew it was going to be tough,” Hobgood said. “I was nervous before heat and just got it rolling right at the start. Towards the end, I creased my board, but I knew I couldn’t leave Mick in the lineup with priority. I saw him get the 6 and knew I couldn’t give him a good wave. I knew I’d have to make him earn it.”
Damien Hobgood sneaked the win by 0.2.
Kai Otten says he always puts too much pressure on himself here forehand. And having dominated his heat against Dusty Payne and Gabriel Medina he must feel chuffed. “I haven’t had many trips here so I came early with Taj (Burrow) and got the best Cloudbreak I’ve ever had,” Otton said. “I was on such a high and then all week I had the worst free-surfs. I haven’t been able to get a wave and I got pounded really bad on one wave, but then it all came together in that heat. It’s been really fun here. It’s a great place and the hospitality is amazing.”
Dusty Payne and this mega tube wasn't enough to dislodge Kai.
Medina could hardly buy a wave in his heat.
Pupo given a free hall pass by Kelly Slater went straight to the all you can eat.
Kieren Perrow dominated Julian Wilson and Bede Durbidge. He probably only needs to show up to three events a year: Fiji, Teahupoo and Pipe.
In 2002 Nathan Hedge slept out on the younger sibling of this tower determined to be first in the water the next day.
Kerr has something to show you...
Julian Wilson in into Rd 2
Kai Borg running support.
Julian Wilson - hello girls (and boys)
The physical manifestation of a full stop on a heat. “I’m so thankful to Volcom for the wildcard,” Mitch Coleborn said. “This is the most amazing event all year. The waves are pumping. To get the wildcard again, I’m just so stoked. With priority in Round 1 now, it makes for more of a relaxing three-man heat. I was lucky with the first wave and that it was a 10. There wasn’t much jockeying. I was pretty confident after that and there wasn’t much hassling, so I was lucky.”
Taj Burrow scored a 4 pointer which was unusual for him in the inconsistent conditions.
Heitor Alves on something so close to a 10
The angle down the eye from the cam located 2 miles away on Tavarua is insane.
KP and the tiger attack ... KP still dropped in deeper.
Durbo the is called the White Fijian because he comes from Straddie an island (just) off QLD. It's a pretty clever nickname.
Jordy Smith stumbled on his return to form.
Fanning is still in this year's WCT driving seat...
Freddy P through to Rd 3... "This is a great event to come back to,” Patacchia said. “I love coming to Tavarua and I’ve been coming here since I was about 15 years old. My ankle is feeling decent. I’ve got it wrapped and braced and was looking for barrels out there because my turns aren’t really where I want them to be right now. It’s looking like it’s going to be about barrels and that’s what I’m looking for. We didn’t have a whole lot of swell before the event, so I didn’t get much practice, but I’m stoked to get the win.”
Yadin Nicol lost out to Travis Logie
De Souza might be number one in the world but he's up against Yadin in Rd 2
Travis Logie is always the surprise package in lefts like this ... Which probably stops it being a shock.
Matty Wilkinson .. Another surprise number down his boardies?
Jordy Smith and the Fijian tunnel of love.
Taj Burrow faces Adam Melling in Rd 2.
The in-form Sebastian Zietz came second to teh blistering Freddy P
JOEL Parkinson is in Fiji, but went fishing on a reef which wasn’t Cloudbreak. Kelly Slater is in Florida awaiting the title of uncle, and all the while Cloudbreak pulsed beween tens and threes for Round 1 of the Volcom Fiji Pro.
It’s typical Kelly cheekiness to stick his faith in his ability to skip Round 1 and fight his way out of Round 2, buying him extra time where he’d rather be. Fair dinkum, his devotion to a unique family moment as opposed to the 3 millionth heat he’s faced on tour can be applauded. As for Parko, beware separating an Aussie from his rod and tinny. Even if they are the defending World Champion and the surf is forecast to be 4-6ft. Seeing that the surf hadn’t quite filled in early doors, Parko, motored out of mobile range and returned to a hearty round of blokey back-slapping. Begging the question - who does Parko use for his forecasts?
I was 100% convinced last night that the contest would be off today so we went fishing early this morning. Parkinson
“I was 100% convinced last night that the contest would be off today so we went fishing early this morning,” Parkinson said. “There is so much good surf coming in the contest window that I thought there was no way we’d be surfing so we grabbed the fishing rods and took off down the coast in the boat. But the swell filled in a little early and the conditions at Cloudbreak were so good they had no choice but to run. There’s no way you walk away from waves that good. I was out of phone range and by the time the contest was called on I was too far away to make it back because I was in the third heat of the morning.”
“I was pretty bummed to miss the heat, but I was even more bummed that I missed out on waves like that,” Parkinson said. “That was pretty perfect Cloudbreak. There were some absolute bombs out there and the boys got tubed out of their brains all day. But I guess you’ve got to be philosophical about it. You’re never too old to learn a lesson and I’ll definitely pull back a bit on the fishing during events. I definitely won’t be fishing tomorrow morning! The upside I suppose is that I get to surf an extra heat and the forecast for the rest of the event is looking insane.”
Mitch Coleborn, returning Volcom Fiji Pro wildcard and winner of the recent ASP Prime event in Brazil was the man out there today earning the first perfect 10 point ride of competition. He’s pretty much on the World Tour next year after winning the last Prime in Brazil and needs only one more result on the ‘QS to ensure it happens.
“I’m feeling in good rhythm and trying to keep momentum going after my win last week in Brazil,” Coleborn said. “My first wave was a 10 and I don’t know what to say, I’m stoked. Hopefully I can keep it going in Round 3. I’m so thankful to Volcom for the wildcard,” Coleborn said. “This is the most amazing event all year. The waves are pumping. To get the wildcard again, I’m just so stoked. With priority in Round 1 now, it makes for more of a relaxing three-man heat. I was lucky with the first wave and that it was a 10. There wasn’t much jockeying. I was pretty confident after that and there wasn’t much hassling, so I was lucky.”
These pictures are made redundant by Volcom’s Heats on Demand
VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 15.20, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.50, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.00
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.06, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 6.67, Taj Burrow (AUS) 4.90
Heat 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 18.63, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.33, Joel Parkinson (AUS) ns
Heat 4: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 19.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 6.60, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5.77
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.47, Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.23, Alex Grey (AUS) 6.23
Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.00, Aca Lalabalavu (FIJ) 8.50, Kelly Slater (USA) ns
Heat 7: Kai Otton ( AUS) 17.43, Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.36, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.96
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.57, Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.60
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.66, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.36, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.27
Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.34, Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.67, Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.63
When competition resumes, up first will be Jeremy Flores (FRA), 25, Nat Young (USA), 21, and Kolohe Andino (USA), 19, in Heat 11 of Round 1.
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