For the first time since 2007 the World Tour returned to Fiji’s Tavarua Island, with day one action getting underway at Cloudbreak in big, hollow, but shifty conditions.
Rhythm with the ocean proved to be the key as almost every heat today was won by a landslide with one surfer getting the nuggets as his competitors failed to sift through the prevailing wash-throughs and closeouts. Only one heat today saw a winning margin of smaller than 2 points, and the final tally there, between Taylor Knox and the victorious Damien Hobgood, was a mere 11.0 to 10.16.
Despite the spotty conditions, there were still some absolute gems piping down the reef at Cloudbreak, with several 9 plus rides locked in.
The performance of the day came from Volcom wildcard Mitch Coleborn, who shocked World Champ and Tavarua regular Kelly Slater with a combined 17.37 heat score for two of the day’s better rides, easily surpassing Kelly’s 13.5.
The current swell will be fading over the coming days but there is still plenty of juice left and competition is likely to resume at 8 am local time.