TransWorld SURF Editor In Chief Chris Coté, ASP commentator Joe Turpel, Olympic snowboarder/commentator Todd Richards, and current ASP World Tour #3 ranked surfer Josh Kerr have a beer and talk about the upcoming Volcom Fiji Pro. Stay tuned for episode #2…
What: Volcom Fiji Pro
Where: Restaurants and Cloudbreak just offshore of Tavarua
When: June 3-15, 2012
Watch it live at Volcomfijipro.com!
Volcom Fiji Pro: Staff And Pro Picks
Innersection Winner Albee Layer
Winner: Slater, he’s psyching.
Rookie Threat: John John.
Shocker: Hopefully he wave will be shockingly big, that will be fun to watch.
Darkhorse pick: Owen Wright’s not really a darkhorse, but he’ll be tough to beat out there.
TWS Photo Editor Aaron Checkwood
Winner: John John Florence. The force is with him.
Rookie Threat: Gabriel Medina. I can’t see him not doing damage. Does that make sense?
Shocker: Kelly uses sunscreen for the first time and slips out of the second round.
Darkhorse: Ace Buchan. I can see Fiji being Ace’s ace in the hole.
"Hana" Hank Gaskell
Winner: John John is the best surfer in the world as of yesterday.
Rookie Threat: John John
Shocker: It will be perfect the whole event!
Darkhorse pick: Kai Otton if it’s big, Kieren Perrow too, he’ll rip out there.
TWS Editor In Chief Chris Coté
Winner: John John Florence has a lot of momentum going in to this event, but Slater has something magical at Cloudbreak—both will do well, but I’m gonna throw CJ Hobgood as the winner—coming back in good form to dominate Cloudbreak again.
Rookie Threat: Gabriel Medina isn’t known for his tube riding, but he’s a smart surfer and will make a lot of heats—he won’t do a 360 the entire event.
Shocker: The event will end at double overhead perfect Restaurants —people will be getting 12-second tubes on every wave.
Darkhorse: Injury wildcard Freddy P is gonna light it up in his heats—passionate surfing will prevail—go goofy!
Haole Hawaiian Dege O’Connell
Winner: Slater and John John will battle for the win.
Rookie Threat: John John, easy answer.
Shocker: Wilko’s bar tab will be huge.
Darkhorse pick: Brett Simpson, he’ll surprise some people for sure.
TWS Managing Editor Casey Koteen
Winner: Damien Hobgood, time for a return to form. Just watch this, he’s one of the best in big, thick lefts HERE.
Rookie: Any need for this question?
Shocker: Raoni Monteiro will rig together a DIY tribal tattoo gun on the flat days and give teardrop face tats to whoever looses out first round.
Darkhorse: Wilko. He did major damage at big Chopes last year, he’ll do it again at Cloudbreak.
TWS Online Editor Justin Coté
Winner: Now that the World Tour is back in Fiji we are all winners. But, if I had to pick a winner for the contest it'd be fabulous Freddy P. Cloudbreak is for big boys who surf with power—it ain't built for kids doing air 360s on every wave.
Rookie: I think Miguel Pupo and Gabriel Medina will do well but John John is a whole 'nother league than his rookie counterparts.
Darkhorse: I'm gonna follow Dege's lead on this one and pick Brett Simpson. Cloudbreak and HB Pier are super similar waves and if you saw Simpo's act at Teahupo'o last year you know he's good in throaty lefts.