Round 1 of the Fiji Pro was held at perfect Cloudbreak, with Slater and Parko nowhere to be found
Joel will not want to watch the highlights of today. What appeared on the forecast to be the least inspiring day of the next six, was one sent from the Gods. One after the other they marched in: long blue wormholes in the Pacific, backbreathing, drop-perfect. When the opening heat between Jordy, Fred, and Seabass found themselves staring at a magazine poster they’ve collectively had on their walls since kids, the signs were there it was going to be quite a day. In the channel, Kelly’s minder Stephen Bell crossed paths with Joel’s equivalent, Wes Berg. Belly asks, “Is Joel really fishing?” Wes replies, “Is Kelly really flying in tonight?” Both shake their heads and laugh, incredulous their boys are missing this for nephews and fish.
Sean Doherty's lay day notes from Fiji
John Florence island-hopped to Namotu yesterday to get his troublesome ankle seen to. He walked fine, seemed happy. After three months out, his return to the fray could not be better timed. The most technically gifted tuberider in the world matched against what many surfers regard as the most technical tube in the world…certainly so on your backhand.
Julian takes down Gabriel Medina in a controversial final heat
Julian takes down Gabriel Medina in a controversial final heat.
An early exit for Slater in Portugal changes the pace in the 2012 title race
An early exit for Slater in Portugal changes the pace in the 2012 title race.
Notes from a Portuguese sandbar after Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro
Notes from a Portuguese sandbar after Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro.
Mark Mathews on Fighting Fear
Mark Mathews on Fighting Fear.
A word from the Teahupoo champ and current World No. 1
A word from the Teahupoo champ and current World No. 1.
Michael Peterson, Myself, and MP
Michael Peterson, Myself, and MP.
Notes from Tahiti after Day 3 of competition
Notes from Tahiti after Day 3 of competition.
Notes from Tahiti after Day 2 of competition
Notes from Tahiti after Day 2 of competition.