Slight swell sparks lay day in Fiji

Lack of swell on offer has prompted contest officials to call another lay day at the Fiji Pro, stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour.

“Today will be another lay day,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow.

“We have small surf, strong winds and heavy rain so competition is off again today. We are tracking a promising swell for next week and we are holding out for that. We will come back tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.”


Event organisers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30 am to assess the conditions and make the next call.

Australia's Adrian Buchan in action. Image: WSL / CESTARI

Australia’s Adrian Buchan in action. Image: WSL / CESTARI

When competition resumes, Round 3 will witness close match-ups as the world’s best surfers battle to avoid elimination from the Fiji Pro
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), current World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard, will go head-to-head against Alejo Muniz (BRA) in Round 3 Heat 12.

The all-Brazilian heat will witness 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year Italo Ferreira (BRA) be against Jadson Andre (BRA) in Round 3 Heat 7.

With only two rookies left in the draw, both will battle to stay in the event as well as strengthen their Rookie of the Year campaign. Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 2016 WSL Rookie, will battle Michel Bourez (PYF) in Round 3 Heat 2.

Fellow rookie Conner Coffin (USA) will face Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) in Heat 5.

Heat 4 will see an intense clash between CT heavyweights Jordy Smith (ZAF) and 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA).

Taj Burrow (AUS), 18-year CT veteran, will face John John Florence (HAW) in Round 3 Heat 10. Burrow will fight to continue his run at the final Championship Tour event of his career.

Small surf continues Friday along with unfavorable wind out of the south. A mix of long and shorter period SW swell will build in for the weekend; local wind remains unfavorable for Cloudbreak on Saturday, improving a bit on Sunday. Surf remains small Mon/Tue. There is much better promise for mid to late next week: medium size, mid to longer period SW swell looks likely for Wed/Thur, with some new, long period SW swell possibly building throughout the final day of the waiting period.