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Kelly Slater defeats Gabriel Medina to win Volcom Fiji Pro

Kelly Slater © ASP / Scholtz

Slater wins it all with 2 waves totalling 18.16 at start of the heat. The legend grows into mind boggling proportions.

1230pm Sunday HI time:Cloudbreak, Tavarua Fiji -- The Volcom Fiji Pro, Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, at Cloudbreak, opening two Quarterfinal match-ups.

Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion, claimed his 49th elite tour victory today, taking out the Volcom Fiji Pro over Gabriel Medina (BRA), 19, in pumping four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) surf at Cloudbreak.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Volcom Fiji Pro culminated in exciting fashion today, with Slater and Medina each pushing the limits of high-performance surfing at the famed, oceanic lefthander. GO HERE

   

Kelly Slater(40) beats Gabriel Medina(18) to win the Fiji Pro and jump from 8th to 2nd. Mick Fanning takes the lead on the World Tour heading into event 5 in Tahiti Aug16th. The Epic Volcom Fiji Pro

Slater wins it all with 2 waves totalling 18.16 at start of the heat. The legend grows into mind boggling proportions.

1230pm Sunday HI time: Cloudbreak, Tavarua Fiji -- The Volcom Fiji Pro, Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, at Cloudbreak, opening two Quarterfinal match-ups. More info coming...

   

Likely to finish today Sunday afternoon. Friday recap: 3 rides, 30 points, Volcom Pro fires at Restaurants. Event to finish today! Oceanic 250.

Kelly Slater © ASP / Kirstin

Today Saturday we're back at Cloud Break at 5-8' and decent. On Friday (HI  time) the World's best go ballistic in pumping restaurants perfections...

Surf News, 9 June, 2012 :  The Volcom Fiji Pro relocated to the secondary venue of Restaurants today and draining four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) waves awaited the world’s best as Rounds 3 and 4 were completed, setting up a possible finish for tomorrow. Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Volcom Fiji Pro has narrowed the original 36-man field down to the final 12 as fans were treated to some of the best surfing at Restaurants ever witnessed with four Perfect 10s being recorded before day’s end.

   

International Surfing Day Beach Clean Up is coming up Sunday and beyond


To celebrate International Surfing Day Surfrider Oahu, Sustainable Coastlines, Kokua Hawaii Foundation,Method Cleaning Products, Barefoot Wines and Plastic Free Hawaii will be teaming up to host two clean ups along with a group surf on the actual International Surfing Day.

The Town clean up will be at Diamond Head on Sunday June 17th. We will be meeting at the main (newly renovated) trail at 9:30AM. After the clean up we will be treated to live music and food at Tikis Bar and Grill just down the street in Waikiki.

In the middle of the week (Wednesday June 20) is actual International Surfing Day. We will be figuring out the best spot to go, depending on the amount of people and waves, for a group surf and then hopefully continue the celebration at a venue close to where we surf.

   

The wave is 15' local scale and absolutely perfect for Dane Gadauskus' drop of the day

Day 4 is ON for rounda 3-4...We've moved now at Restaurants which is 3-6' and running up to 2 football fields with 15 second barrels.

Cloud Break is a bit funky at 6-10'. Everyone is still buzzing and talking about Friday's amazing waves and surfers charging 10-15' SSW (15-25' faces).

Volcom could not have jumped back in at a better time. This is good Karma. Bringin' it back to Fiji. AI is pumping his fist to the sky.

Click in for the EPIC DAY in surf history. More vid to come and more minds to blow.

   

"Buttons" Kaluhiokalani: the iconic progressive surfer of the 70s


Montgomery "Buttons" Kaluhiokalani is a surf legend. The boy with the open smile blew the 1970's with a set of surf lines and maneuvers, which were featured in the timeless surf movie "Many Classic Moments".

Kaluhiokalani was born on the North Shore, in Hawaii, on March 30th, 1958. He started surfing at Waikiki, when he was seven years old. After experiencing the first waves in a paipo board, Buttons tried the first tricks, as his famous easy switch foot.

His famous African hair was a trademark and surf photographer Jeff Divine captured his iconicfingerpeace sign picture. Hit up Buttons Surf School HERE

   

Climate prediction center issues El Niño watch...chance of Big Winter season?


Heat content anomalies (average temperatures in the upper 300m of the ocean) in the equatorial Pacific

There is a 50% chance that El Niño conditions will develop during the second half of 2012

Surf News, 7 June, 2012 :  ENSO-neutral conditions prevailed in May 2012, following the dissipation of La Niña in April. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are currently near average across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and above-average in the far eastern Pacific. The Niño 4 and Niño 3.4 indices were near zero during most of May, while the Niño 3 and Niño 1+2 indices remained positive.

   

The Best Big Wave Freesurf paddle session in History


Freesurf Session Goes Off in Massive Cloudbreak After 2 Heats of The VolcomFiji Pro. 

After a week of intense storms in the Tasman Sea, giant lines of swell finally marched onto Cloudbreak reef off the island of Tavarua (Fiji) giving organizers of the Volcom Fiji Pro an opportunity to press the green light following three competition lazy days.

The last two heats of Round 2 entered the water to be greeted by some of the biggest and most spectacular waves ever seen in ASP history. Australian's Bede Durbidge and Adam Melling were the first test pilots and played cat and mouse throughout the heat. Durbidge edged out Melling with some committed hacks on the huge waves.

   

Postponed at 4pm HI time. Winds the issue for both reefs. 8-12' Cloud Break (12-20' faces).


 Incredible 2 heats and then it was off and on the rest of the day. We also had only one injury. There was some insane free sessions. More photos and video's to come. The world’s best surfers have returned to the crystal-clear shores of Cloudbreak and Restaurants on Fiji after a five-year hiatus. The window of opportunity for the revered Volcom Fiji Pro set for June 3-15, so stay tuned for the next round of the fourth event of the ASP World Championship Tour.

   

How to install a bodyboard leash plug


New bodyboards are usually marketed without the leash plug installed, so that you can select the place that best suits your wave riding style. Some riders prefer bodyboard leashes placed on the left side, others put it on the right side and there are bodyboarders who do install it centered, close to the nose.

Installing a bodyboard leash is fast and easy. You'll only need a pencil, a screwdriver, a lighter and a ruler. In five minutes, your new bodyboard will be ready to roll.

   

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