Pumping 6-8ft waves made for epic conditions during Round 3, 4 and 5 of the Volcom Fiji Pro 2013. Athletes couldn’t have asked for better conditions as they took on Cloudbreak’s powerful swell heat after heat for event No. 4 on the ASP WCT. John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kelly Slater (USA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Mick Fanning (AUS) have all advanced into the Quarterfinals following excellent performances throughout the day.
“That was unbelievable. Those were some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a contest,” said the 11x World Champion. “On the 10, I was deep in the barrel and grabbed my rail, but I had to let go to get speed and then I hit the foam ball, I barely made that one. I did the turn and got another tube. On that one big one, it was perfect and I just wanted to be in the right spot. As I was in the barrel, it spit really hard and there was lots of mist and I couldn’t see. The foamball pushed my tail up into the wave and I just couldn’t come out the way I wanted to. I didn’t even care if I won or lost, because I’d get to surf again.”
Watch the video of Florence’s perfect 10, in addition to Joel Parkinson’s near-perfect ride at Cloudbreak:
“I didn’t know what the score was going to be because it was a big of a smaller wave. I did a couple of turns and then had the long running barrel on the inside and I was stoked to make it,” said Florence. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going out having fun and I’m going to try and do the same thing in the next round.”
“It was a scrappy heat between all of us,” C.J. Hobgood admitted. “Kelly had three 10 point waves and two he didn’t come out of. Then in our heat, it was another one of those heats where it was hard to get scores. This reef is tricky and I’ve been making it out of those tricky heats. If I can keep making it out and keep going… I’m stoked.”
“That was an important heat for me,” Smith said. “Any ‘CT heat is important, but getting through Round 5 is especially important to make it to the Quarters. It’s too bad because Jeremy is a good friend of mine and you hate to be that guy. I shoudn’t have gone on that wave at the end. I’m stoked though; I’ve never made it through to the Quarters in the South Pacific leg.”
“I had that slow heat earlier today, and that was pretty much the opposite,” said Fanning. “Awesome to finally get some good barrels at Cloudbreak and I’m happy to be through to the Quarters. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”