Bula! The Fiji Pro Exposed

28 May 2016 0

	Defending women's champion Sally Fitzgibbons, Photo by WSL / Scholtz

Defending women's champion Sally Fitzgibbons, Photo by WSL / Scholtz

COASTALWATCH | Fiji Pro Event Preview presented by ELECTRIC

The women's Fiji Pro begins it's waiting period on Sunday 29th May 2016 with the forecast looking the strong for the first three days of the event followed by a significant drop in the swell it looks like the girls will be off with the get-go. A mid period SW swell looks to provide waves in the 6ft range at the world class, almond-shaped, Cloudbreak reef break before weakening midweek. The forecast for backup location Restaurants is slightly smaller, up to chest high throughout the same period. 

CLOUDBREAK BREAKDOWN

RIGHT or LEFT: Left
TYPE: Deepwater reef break
SWELL: SW
WIND: E / SE / ESE
TIDE: Low
SIZE: 4ft - 40ft 

SEE ALSO: The Coastalwatch Wave Tracker to follow this swell

The women's event will see wildcard Bethany Hamilton step up against tour leader, Tyler Wright and fellow Rip Curl surfer Nikki Van Dijk in round one. Margaret River's Bronte Macaulay has also arrived in Fiji continuing as Lakey Peterson's injury wildcard. The Western Australian Goofyfooter could pose an upset when she comes up against Courtney Conlogue and Coco Ho in her first round after gaining valuable tour experience already in the first four events of the year.

Fiji's defending champion, Sally Fitzgibbons is firing and ready to go. The event playing a pivotal point in her 2015 campaign and she's hoping to bring the same energy to the water this week. In 2015 Fitzgibbons perforated her eardrum during the quarter finals but after taping her head up in a footballer-eske manner, the legend surfed her way to a dramatic and emotional win over Bianca Buitendag. Another win could push Fitzgibbons back into the top three. VIEW THE DRAW HERE.

SEE ALSO: Kelly Slater Enjoyed Pumping Cloudbreak Today

Despite smaller conditions expected than 2015, it's great to see the women back in Fiji where they have definitely earned their merit. 

Here's who the Coastalwatch legends have picked for the event win; Despite Tyler being in the best form ever, the legends have mostly selected Sally Fitz to defend her win with Vaughan Blakey backing Bethany Hamilton to take a shock win, she will be confident and powerful on her forehand at the left-hander, and Kobi Clements going with Laura Enever to push up and stake her claim. 

JOCK SERONG - 0
Intellectual Surf Nerd & Epic Writer Of Issues That Effect Surfers 

World Title Men - John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo
World Title Women - Nikki Van Dijk, Tyler Wright, Courtney Conlogue
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Julian Wilson & Courtney Conlogue 
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Adriano De Souza & Carissa Moore
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - Jordy Smith & Carissa Moore
#4 Oi Rio Pro - Caio Ibelli & Courtney Conlogue
#5 Fiji Pro - Gabriel Medina & Tyler Wright

KOBI CLEMENTS - 200
Legendary Volcom grommet 
World Title Men - John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Jack Freestone
World Title Women - Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Mick Fanning & Stephanie Gilmore
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - John John Florence & Tyler Wright
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - Jack Robinson & Tyler Wright
#4 Oi Rio Pro - John John Florence & Sally Fitzgibbons 
#5 Fiji Pro - Kelly Slater & Laura Enever 

VAUGHAN BLAKEY - 0
World's Best Surfing World Magazine Editor   

World Title Men - Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, John John Florence
World Title Women -  Carissa Moore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Gabriel Medina & Stephanie Gilmore
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Mick Fanning & Tyler Wright
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - John John Florence & Sally Fitzgibbons 
#4 Oi Rio Pro - Filipe Toledo & Sally Fitzgibbons 
#5 Fiji Pro - John John Florence & Bethany Hamilton 

PHILIPPA ANDERSON - 100
World Qualifying Tour Surfer

World Title Men - Julian Wilson, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina
World Title Women - Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Mick Fanning & Courtney Conlogue
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Kelly Slater & Tyler Wright
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - John John Florence & Courtney Conlogue
#4 Oi Rio Pro - John John Florence & Courtney Conlogue
#5 Fiji Pro - John John Florence & Sally Fitzgibbons  

REGGAE ELLIS - 200
The Reverent Voice Of Surf & Snow 
World Title Men - Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, John John Florence,
World Title Women - Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Mick Fanning & Stephanie Gilmore
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Jordy Smith & Tyler Wright
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - Kolohe Andino & Tyler Wright
#4 Oi Rio Pro - Filipe Toledo & Tyler Wright  
#5 Fiji Pro - John John Florence & Sally Fitzgibbons 

SEAN DOHERTY - 200
The Best Surf Writer In The World

World Title Men - Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, John John Florence
World Title Women - Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Matt Wilkinson & Sally Fitzgibbons
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Joel Parkinson & Stephanie Gilmore
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - Josh Kerr & Courtney Conlogue 
#4 Oi Rio Pro - John John Florence & Sally Fitzgibbons
#5 Fiji Pro - Kelly Slater & Sally Fitzgibbons 

WES BERG - 0
Champion Ironman, Waterman, Beefcake & Surferman

World Title Men - Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson, John John Florence
World Title Women -  Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, Malia Manuel
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks - Joel Parkinson & Stephanie Gilmore
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Joel Parkinson & Carissa Moore
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro -  John John & Carissa Moore
#4 Oi Rio Pro - Gabriel Medina & Stephanie Gilmore
#5 Fiji Pro - John John Florence & Courtney Conlogue  

SABRE NORRIS - 100
The Most Stoked Grom Alive & The First Australian Female To Land A 540 Ariel Rotation On A Half Pipe

World Title Men - Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson
World Title Women - Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, Tyler Wright
#1 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks -  Mick Fanning & Stephanie Gilmore
#2 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach - Mick Fanning & Carissa Moore
#3 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - Joel Parkinson & Carissa Moore
#4 Oi Rio Pro - Gabriel Medina & Tyler Wright
#5 Fiji Pro - Mick Fanning & Tyler Wright 


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