The Volcom Fiji Pro is yet to get underway off the island of Tavarua after a second consecutive layday was called. Cloudbreak and Restaurants were just not working, and with another 11 days left in the waiting period, it was a predictable call. The swell is expected to build on Tuesday and into Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday looking solid.
It’s uncertain whether they will wait for the solid days on Thursday and Friday to kick-off competition, or whether they will run while the swell builds, so it’s best to check in every day on volcomfijipro.com at around 9:30pm (SA time) for the official call.
The good news is that South Africa’s two Dream Tour surfers are due to surf in Heat 1 and 2 of Round 1, so it will hopefully not be a case of burning the midnight oil to watch Jordy and Travis shred – that’s of course if the officials don’t make the call to run the first heats at mid-day, in which case we’ll be watching with matchsticks holding up our eyelids.
But wait, there’s more. Recent Volcom VQS Championship Cup winner Slade Prestwich is also in Fiji, and is due to surf in the Volcom VQS Global Championship after winning the local leg at New Pier. So, instead of two Saffas tearing up Fiji, we’ll get to watch three.
It’s going to be an interesting Dream Tour battle in Tavarua once competition kicks off. Until then, sit back, relax and wait – Jordy and Travis are:
Check out the official press release below.
SECOND CONSECUTIVE LAY DAY CALLED FOR VOLCOM FIJI PRO
TAVARUA, Fiji (Monday, June 3, 2013) – A second consecutive lay day has been called for the Volcom Fiji Pro, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), with only small surf on offer at venues of Cloudbreak and Restaurants.
Improved conditions are expected to deliver for the remainder of the event window and organizers have decided to wait for the arrival of new swell to begin competition.
“Poor conditions again this morning so we’ve called competition off for today,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge said. “We’ve got plenty of time available in the waiting period and will wait for a new swell to get things going here in Fiji.”
Surfline, official forecasters for the Volcom Fiji Pro, are calling for:
Wind and weather conditions will continue to improve over the next couple days with much lighter wind. Small, mixed southerly swell will give way to building, long period SW swell on Tuesday and into Wednesday. Solid SSW/SW swell is lining up for Thursday and Friday before easing into the weekend. Conditions look generally favorable at that time.
When competition commences, up first will be Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 24, and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 31, in the opening heat of Round 1.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.
The Volcom Fiji Pro will be webcast LIVE via volcomfijipro.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
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), 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), 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)