Perfect but inconsistent 4-6' surf greet and treat the boys on tuesday Fiji time (22 hours ahead).
3 June, 2013 : Tavarua/Fiji -- Round 1 of the Volcom Fiji Pro has been called ON this morning with the opening heats commencing at 10:30am in clean and building four-to-six foot waves at the primary venue of Cloudbreak...2 miles away from the the Island.
Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Volcom Fiji Pro has attracted the world’s best surfers to the idyllic Fijian atolls of Tavarua and Namotu to do battle at the world-renowned breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants fas the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown resumes....
“Conditions have continued to improve this morning and we’ll be commencing Round 1 of competition at 10:30am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We anticipate running all of Round 1 and will monitor conditions throughout the day, making adjustments accordingly. Good luck to all our competitors today.”
New, long period SW swell will fill in through the day on Tuesday as the shorter period SSE swell continues to fade. The SW groundswell continues on Wednesday. A solid, mid period SW swell will build in for Thursday before easing Friday with moderate SE trades. Smaller, but still good size, SW swells are on the long range radar for Sunday and Tuesday.
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) Storms Through Opening Round of Volcom Fiji Pro
CLOUDBREAK, Tavarua/Fiji (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) – Round 1 of the Volcom Fiji Pro was called on this morning in clean, pristine six foot (1.5 to 2 metre) surf at the primary venue of Cloudbreak. Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Volcom Fiji Pro sees the world's best surfers tackle two of the world's most feared and famous left handed waves - Cloudbreak and Restaurants.
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), who has been sidelined with injury for most of the last year took out the first heat of this year's Volcom Fiji Pro over fellow Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and current ASP WCT No. 2 Jordy Smith (ZAF). Patacchia looked right at home in the solid tubes and was able to lock in an 8.50 and 6.70 for a combined heat total of 15.20 (out of a possible 20).
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 8, was absent from today's Round 1 of competition, the result of an ill-advised decision to embark on a fishing expedition in the early hours of the morning before the call was made. Parkinson will surf in Round 2 of competition.
Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and curent ASP WCT No. 4, was another notable absentee from Round 1 today. Slater opted to remain in Florida for the birth of his nephew, but is en route to arrive before Round 2 of competition.
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VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS)no show, Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Alex Gray (USA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA)no show, Miguel Pupo (BRA), Aca Lalabalavu (FIJ)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Glenn Hall (AUS)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Nat Young (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA)