The Volcom Fiji Pro is one of the most anticipated stops on the ASP World Tour. Cloudbreak, Tavarua, in Fiji is a world class left that is a magnet for the southern hemisphere swells, attracting surfers from all over the world.
During the 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro, contest officials decided to call a layday due to conditions being too heavy to compete at Cloudbreak. The much anticipated swell hit Fiji hard, producing triple overhead barrels and life threating conditions. Eleven-time world champion, Kelly Slater commentated alongside event commentator, Chris Cote on the webcast for what was possibly the largest free surf session ever caught on a webcast.
“That looked like a Mavericks wave, but the thing about Mavericks is, it ends.” -Slater said after watching Pat Gudauskas drop in. The Champ claimed it to be one of the most amazing things he’s ever seen in his life. “Broken boards, leashes and bodies everywhere, it was just mayhem.” Slater went on to claim that waves were “as big as tow-ins at Teahupoo.”
Many questioned the contest director’s decision to call off the event for the day. However, Slater agreed with the call, saying that the chop on the face of the wave was enough to justify the contest being called off. Slater also said that it was “one of the best big wave days of all time.”