Australia’s Matt Wilkinson, current Jeep Ratings’ Leader, will face 2016 WSL Rookie Alex Ribeiro from Brazil in Round 2 Heat 2. After a 25th place finish in Rio, Wilkinson will battle to avoid a Round 2 exit in Fiji.
There will also be a hotly anticpated clash between CT veteran and WA local Taj Burrow and rookie Caio Ibelli from Brazil. With the Fiji Pro marking the final CT event for the 18-year veteran, Burrow will go all out to advance out of Round 2.
Round 2 Heat 3 will see 2014 WSL Champion and Brazilian Gabriel Medina against 2016 WSL Rookie Ryan Callinan from Australia.
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Up first will be 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year Italo Ferreira from Brazil against Trials winner and Fijian national Tevita Gukilau in the opening heat of elimination Round 2.
The Fiji Pro will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
Fiji Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Tevita Gukilau (FJI)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 6: Nat Young (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 12: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Davey Cathels (USA)
About the World Surf League
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The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.
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