Fanning in sudden death round at Fiji Pro

GOLD Coast surfer Mick Fanning has landed in the relegation round at the Fiji Pro.

Fellow Aussie Taj Burrow also failed to make it straight into the third round at Cloudbreak after a disappointing performance in his initial heat.

ABC reports, Hawaii’s Fredrick Patacchia secured the first barrel of the event for a 7.93 and the lead, his late 8.10 wave ensuring a 16.03 score to put him ahead of defending world champion Fanning (12.83) and compatriot Glenn Hall (12.67).


Burrow (9.83) was last in an all-Australian heat behind Mitch Coleborn (12.96) and Adrian Buchan 10.23 and also faces a repechage on Wednesday.

There was better news for 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson and compatriots Owen Wright and Julian Wilson, who all progressed through to round three.