May 9, 2008: – – Globe is stoked to announce the return of the Globe Pro Fiji to the ASP Men’s World Tour this May. The 4th stop on the tour is in again in Fiji, following a hiatus in 2007 due to circumstances beyond our control. Yep, defending event champion Damien Hobgood, Taj, CJ, Kelly, Mick, Parko, Pancho and the rest of the top 45 will pull on their competition jerseys once again to compete in the perfect lefts of Cloudbreak and/or Restaurants.
The planning phase for the third installment of the Globe Pro Fiji is well underway, and as you’ve come to expect, the webcast will be a new level of entertainment, personality and nostalgia. Nostalgia, you ask? Don’t worry about it, you’ll find out soon enough.
The excitement for this year’s tour is unlike any other. With two exciting new rookies Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds giving the veterans a run for their money, Fiji is the ideal location for the world to see their highly touted talents step up to the World Tour level. World Champion Mick Fanning will be out to retain his first world title, both for himself and for the continent of Australia. Kelly Slater will be looking to get the world title back, what could be his 9th.
And then there’s the Globe team. Taj Burrow is breathing fire for his first world title. Damien Hobgood is as hungry as he’s ever been following last year’s abrupt end due to a broken kneecap. CJ Hobgood’s return to form in the middle of last year has proven his motivation to win is still well intact. And, Pancho Sullivan’s outstanding finish at world #7 answers a lot of questions about whether or not he is really a World Tour surfer.
In a strange twist of coincidence Damien is returning to the event for the second time in a row to defend his title. He earned his first World Tour event victory in 2004, but was forced to miss the event in 2005 with a shoulder injury. He returned in 2006, and took home a second straight win. Can he keep the streak alive in 2008?
Tune into the event webcast starting May 24th. The Wha’ Happ’n Daily Wrap show is coming back. Event or no event. Rain or shine. Our team will be documenting all the happenings on Tavarua and Namotu daily, and posting the highlights here for your viewing pleasure. The live event webcast will be broadcast on each day the event runs and can be seen at GlobeFijiPro.com.
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