Top Guys Advance in Fiji

Mick Fanning getting some shade in this Fijian shack, but look closely no jersey. Photo: ASP

After a good start, the conditions at the Globe Pro on Tavaura are back to what the ASP top 45 is starting to get used to. Today, the contest got under way in 3 to 4 foot surf at Cloudbreak.

The favorites kept on keeping on as 4 out of the top 5 rated surfers on tour advanced into the Quarterfinals: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge all made it through.

Slates, who if you have forgotten or are totally out of the loop, is an 8X ASP World Champion and a competitive freak, so you know he’s frothing to rack up another win as he chases his ninth title. He defeated Damien Hobgood, who has had his share of success in Tahiti, and will face Bobby Martinez in the Quarters.

?It?s kind of shame we weren?t on opposite sides of the draw where we could have met up in the final if we both had a good run,? said Slater. ?Between us we have won the last three events here, so to meet in the fourth round is a little early. You?d hope we?d come against each other later if we both made it that far. It was a slow heat and we both had different game plans. I was going to sit deeper and try to surf the wave and he was going to stay wide and look for the barrel and the inside ones and my plan worked out.?

As for how Slater feels about his early exit to a wildcard at Teahupoo.

?I haven?t lost to a tour guy yet this year but it?s in the cards. It?s going to happen at some point, whether it?s in the next heat, or if I win this contest, in the next contest. You have to capitalize on these runs when you get them. There aren?t that many contests, so if you win one or two in a year, it?s a pretty good year, and back to back is nice. I?m just pretending I?m starting from zero now to try to get my head back into the ?trying to win? phase.?

Globe Pro Fiji Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.07 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 7.93
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 3.83
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.56
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.73 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.06
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.34 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 5.00
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.67 def. Chris Ward (USA) 13.00
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.33 def. Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 10.50
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83 def. Frederick Patacchia (HAW) 13.50

Globe Pro Fiji Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 2: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)