A barreling reef break about one mile from Tavarua Island, Cloudbreak requires a boat ride in order to reach the point. The inside section is called “Shish Kabobs” due to the shallow reef of the lefthand drainer. Best on a huge south swell, Cloudbreak holds up well, producing massive surf only imagined in a goofyfooter’s dreams.
Cloudbreak reached such unruly heights a couple years back that the Volcom Pipe Pro called off competition for the day, but allowed a lucky audience to enjoy possibly the most epic freesurf in webcast history.
Who can forget Dave Wassel’s wave of the day on Big Friday? What about Reef McIntosh’s bomb, or the powerful spitting barrels of unridden waves?
Fiji is Kelly’s favorite for good reason, undoubtably a highly anticipated stop for any surfer, as the Fijian Islands offer pristine waves in dream-like conditions. In anticipation for the Fiji Pro, here’s a bit of help to recollect the great waves of Tavarua in The Surf Channel’s “Big Friday” Photo Gallery presented by Hawaiian photographer, Hale Metzger.