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Welcome back John John Florence ... The welcome return of the towheaded barrel freak who loves to throw it up there over dry reef. “That’s the best the waves have been since I’ve been here,” Florence said. “The waves just turned on for my heat. Restaurants is just a perfect wave. It’s such a machine and with these winds every wave’s just perfect. You can really just sit in the barrel the whole way.”© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Aca the Fijian wildcard is out thanks to Kelly Slater but not due to a lack of local support. He is the son of Chief Druku of Tavarua, the only man who tops Kelly in the popularity stakes.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Kolohe won his heat and now faces a tough Rd 3 heat against Julian Wilson.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Adrian Buchan couldn't find that last inch losing to Sebastian Zietz in the final seconds.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Taj burrow escaped a nail-biting Rd 2 against Melling to dominate his Rd 3 heat against Freddy P.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
De Souza out for the count and he will lose his No 1 ranking.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
They love surfing here (and Kelly Slater).© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Jeremy Flores and Belly (team manger) discuss tactics: "see that big hole, sit in it, don't fall off."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Michel Bourez suffered a frustrating heat loss against Matt Wilkinson.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Alex Gray is better at making videos, surfing massive waves and chatting in the booth than he is at surfing heats. He made a good career choice.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Dusty Payne lost out in style to the master Parkinson (but he can probably read a forecast better).© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Alejo Muniz bowed out to Julian Wilson.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
The ever affable Yadin Nicol has a tough ask against Joel Parkinson in Rd 3.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Glenn Hall lost to a recharged Jordy Smith© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
“Restaurants is a perfect wave,” Joel Parkinson said. “It has a really good line to it and when you come over a set and see next one, you get butterflies when a good one is coming. I was looking for the barrels out there in that heat, but the bigger ones were chattery and bumpy. You’ve really got to find the medium sized waves out there. If you get the medium one you can get nice long drainers.”© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Melling probably thought he's done enough against Taj but he hadn't.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
The field of broken dreams and made barrels.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Kelly Slater getting ready ...© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
To do this...© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Jody Smith getting rid of his hangups over dry reef. “It’s extremely windy,” Smith said. “It was really tough to find the open barrels and when the sets came through the wave would barrel and pinch. You had to pick the right waves. I got lucky on one and managed to find a barrel and get two nice turns. Micro (Glenn Hall) did the full scorpion on his last wave and landed on the reef. Hopefully he’s okay. Overall, I had a few nice waves and I’m stoked to advance to the next round.”© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Julian Wilson seems to be enjoying skirting the spotlight.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Wilko is another who is quietly moving through the field.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Nat Young's agressive, attacking surfing is scaring the bejesus out of everyone “Those could have been the best waves I’ve ever surfed,” Young said. “We’re sitting at pool on this perfect island so it’s pretty much paradise. For me, I’d never been here so it was important to come early and get practice at both spots (Cloudbreak and Restaurants). It was tough this morning with the devil winds and in that heat it was picture perfect. Right now, you just stand there and get the best barrels ever. It’s so much fun.”© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Every time anyone fell who's wince and this why... Bede had the last dance with Edward Scissor Hands© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Mick Fanning has no weak points .. The Cooly Terminator© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Most socially scared image of the day, JJF in a tube, happy days.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Much to everyone's surprise Hobgood fell, Damien is first out.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Freddy P and his charge ended here amongst the spines of Restaurants.© 2014 ASP/Robertson
Needing an 8.90 with just five seconds remaining on the clock, Zietz, drove through a seemingly impossible tube for an 8.93 and to edge out Ace. “It was a small wave and I figured I’d go and try and get the score,” Zietz said. “I took off and thought I blew the heat. Then I had one section and I came out and I just tried to keep dragging it. I drove through that other section and was able to come out. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the score or not.”© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
FIJI is beautiful and like all beautiful things it looks great from every angle - even if the devil wind is blowing. And blow it did, that SE which Cloudbreak loves until unrideable chunks fly up the face. Restaurants was also suffering but exits were just possible and high drama ensued at the Volcom Fiji Pro.
Highlight of the day was seeing Mr John John Florence return, the tow-headed barrel freak surfed three times, stuttering in Round 1 before dominating in Round 2 and 3. There’s positive correlation between the top guys making tricky conditions look easy and he optimises that truism. Also it is just great to see him back in the water
“That’s the best the waves have been since I’ve been here,” Florence said. “The waves just turned on for my heat. Restaurants is just a perfect wave. It’s such a machine and with these winds every wave’s just perfect. You can really just sit in the barrel the whole way.”
Chris Cote described it as “dancing with Edward Scissor Hands” whipping down the line at Mach 5, skimming a reef of live fire coral whilst trying to stay attached to your board negotiating foot high ribs in a fast down-the-line barel. The surfers who won described it as the best barrel in the world.
We wanted Cloudbreak, we wanted the tour to redeem the status they lost last year. But here’s a lesson: do not place your desire in anything which flies in the face of a trade wind, you will be remorselessly beaten down.
MSW Forecaster, Francisco, breaks down why this wind has been blowing so fiercely: “Normally this time of the year we’d expect to see a high pressure system located over Australia and an extensive low pressure system just a bit north of the Equator (above Fiji). That high pressure system, which was located over Australia, is moving towards New Zealand; a shift which directly impacts the wind conditions in Fiji. From this we are seeing an intensification of the trade winds, a situation expected to prevail for a few more days, and we should only expect a decrease in wind speed towards the end of the contest waiting period.”
Check out the forecast for the Volcom Fiji Pro.
And don’t forget Volcom’s Heats on Demand
VOLCOM FIJI PRO REMAINING ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.80, Nat Young (USA) 12.93, Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.10
Heat 12: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.20, John John Florence (HAW) 12.40, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.00
VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27 def. Aca Lalabalavu (FJI) 10.90
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.67 def. Alex Grey (USA) 6.27
Heat 3: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.77 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.47 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.53
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.87 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 7.76
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.50 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.43
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.50 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.67
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.93 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.04
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.57 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.33
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.06
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW) 19.80 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.83
Heat 12: Nat Young (USA) 18.23 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.60
VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.10 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 12.33
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.06
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.30 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.70
UPCOMING VOLCOM FIJI PRO REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs.Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 5: Kai Otton (HAW) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
It may be too late for the ASP Big Wave World Tour, but Dungeons lit up.
Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.