Fiji Pro

2014 Fiji Pro Event Guide

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June 1 - 13, 2014
Cloudbreak/Restaurants: Tavarua, Fiji
PRIZE MONEY: $500,000
COORDINATES: 17°51′29″S 177°12′6″E
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Nadi International Airport, Nadi, Fiji (NAN)

TRANSPORTATION: Tavarua is perfect for a surf contest, it being in the middle of the ocean and all. That said, getting there is an adventure in itself. You'll need to hire a buss or shuttle to get to the harbor and then hop on a water taxi. Coming up on the island is an excellent first photo of the trip.

ATTITUDE: Island paradise. Fiji is a flawless destination that offers everything from perfect surf and unique diving and fishing expeditions to the kick-back waterfront for a little R&R.

THE WAVE: The 2014 Fiji Pro has two world-renowned lefthanders to work with. The deep-water beast of Cloudbreak actually breaks about a mile out from the island and offers up heavy barrels and opportunities for big carves while testing a surfer's heavy water skills. If Cloudbreak uncharacteristically stops pumping, Restaurants is a perfect high-performance lefthander that reels along the reef immediately in front of the island restaurant, hence the name.

PERKS: Consistent six-to-eight foot swells with perfect shape on an island paradise: get surfers stoked on hitting this stop on the Tour.

PERILS: The waves at Cloudbreak especially are by no means for beginners and the surf here can get heavy. There is not much water between you and the reef, as you can easily see from birds-eye photographs, so you can get slammed and leave with a gnarly battle wound.

APRES SURF: You're on an island paradise. Go fishing, go diving, or have a tasty meal and a beverage and enjoy being surfed out.

ASP WORLD TOUR HISTORY: The 2014 Fiji Pro marks the third consecutive year of the event since its 2012 resurrection. The event saw its inception as the Quiksilver Pro in 1999 and was eventually taken over by Globe in 2005 and 2006 before taking a six-year hiatus. Last year Volcom brought the event back to life, much to the delight of the World Championship Tour surfers, who have always enjoyed the sights, sounds and surf of Tavarua.

NOTABLE: Last year's Fiji Pro saw the two extremes of surfing in Tavarua. In an early round, Glenn Hall (IRL) left the beach via helicopter when he went over the falls and broke his back. On the other side of the coin, though, Kelly Slater (USA) managed a rare, perfect 20-point heat in the final day of competition. So what did we learn today? Fiji could be your best event or your devastatingly worst.

2013: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012: Kelly Slater (USA)
2006: Damien Hobgood (USA)
2005: Kelly Slater (USA)
2004: Damien Hobgood (USA)
2003: Andy Irons (HAW)

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