The highly-anticipated monster swell hit Fiji this morning, producing massive 15 – 20 foot waves at the world famous Cloudbreak. 34 of the world’s best surfers are in Fiji for the Volcom Fiji Pro, the 4th stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, and they were joined in the water today by a crew of big wave specialists surfers to take advantage of the maxing waves on offer.
Competition was called on for the last two heats of Round 2, with Bede Durbidge defeating fellow Australian Adam Melling in a close battle. In the next heat Brazilian competitor Raoni Monterio was forced to come in early when he seriously injured his knee after suffering a heavy wipeout. That left Australian Kai Otton in the water alone to catch some waves and win the heat.
Bede Durbridge hanging on in round 2, photo: @eyeofthehurricane
Kai Otton on his way to the win in round 2, photo: @eyeofthehurricane
After the call was made to stop the contest, the wind calmed, the swell increased and the world’s best big wave riders took to the lineup along with a handful of World Tour surfers for a history-making free surf session.
The Volcom Fiji Pro cameras kept rolling and the world watched some of the most amazing rides to ever go down at Cloudbreak.
Big wave legend Dave Wassel no stranger to a huge pit.
Big wave= Big red board
A Re-Cap of the massive swell that hit Cloudbreak in July of last year.
Today we saw some of the most experienced big wave riders in the world get the waves of their lives.” Slater continued, “This day will go down in history for sure.”
Click Here to see the full video of everything that was captured today.
Check back tomorrow at 7:30 am FJT for the official contest call!