Cloudbreak hitched a jig and the boys danced down the reef whilst the women struggled at bumpy Restaurants on the largest day of the Fiji Women's Pro.
Oh woah, the ASP did it again. They dodged the glory and have run away from pushing their athletes in testing conditions. The girls are scared etc. Except for it didn’t happen quite like that.
One protagonist who was certainly not afraid was Tyler Wright. “She was out there when no other girls were.” said Stuart Johnson “She copped a couple 10ft sets on the head as well waiting for the one she snagged.”
With this size and a midday low tide they would have been flogged and dry docked on the inside reef where the water patrol wouldn’t have been be able to help them. It was a good call.Stuart Johnson
So was it tough in the wind? Or it was just it too big for the women? “The conditions were not good first light. It would have been hard to run a heat.” Said Stu, having scored a standup tube. “There was lot of cat and mouse with the sets that were too big. But the 8 footers were going mental..
“With this size and a midday low tide they would have been flogged and dry docked on the inside reef where the water patrol wouldn’t have been be able to help them. It was a good call. I'm sure more girls would be in these photos if they didn't have to stay healthy for their up coming heats.”
Generally in ASP heats the most important factor is: “will this lineup provide a fair playing field and level scoring opportunities?” That’s the question which is asked when looking at 2ft or 20ft surf. And combined inconsistency and safety issues meant the call was made to not run at Cloudbreak.
“The conditions were great for a free surf, but not good for heats.” Confirmed Stu “Long lulls, capping closeout sets taking out the whole lineup with moments of brilliance. It didn’t look like this every wave.”
Photos: Stuart Johnson and Maika Tamanitoakula / fijisurfshots.com