TAVARUA, Fiji (Friday, May 30, 2008) – The 16 remaining surfers in the Globe Pro Fiji will enjoy their third day off in paradise, today’s competition has been called off citing swell on the horizon.
“We’re focused on a great finish to what has already been a really good event and right now we’re preparing for a perfect six foot (two metre) high swell to arrive at Cloudbreak on Sunday or Monday, maybe Tuesday,” Contest Director Steve Robertson said. “Let’s face it, these final 16 surfers are in a high pressure situation and Globe want a classic finish. Slater can potentially steal a massive break here, or Fanning. Joel Parkinson, the Hobgoods and Adriano De Souza can really claw their way back into title contention. We want this finish to occur in awesome Cloudbreak conditions!”
Focus will shift from the smallish waves wrapping around Tavarua to the tennis courts today. The world’s best surfers will try their luck in a tennis tournament – the winner earning themselves a US $200 bar tab.
Another official call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.
Globe Pro Fiji Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 2: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 6: Chris Ward (USA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)
Heat 8: Frederick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)