The event we’ve all been waiting for.
Are we the only ones or has the start to the year on the ASP World Tour just felt like hard work? But with Fiji next up on the schedule, things are finally looking up. The Dream tour is finally back. After last year’s exceptional edition, it’s hard not to wonder what might go down this year. Most competitors are either already on location or already on their way.
With Kelly going into the event at the top of the rankings, and most likely still buzzing from his extraordinary performance at Cloudbreak last year where he posted a perfect heat score, it’s hard to imagine the Floridian not making it through to the final rounds. Then again the year so far has seen more new generation underdogs make it through to the final rounds than the tour’s seen in a long while.
As for the Euros on tour, who’ve largely under-performed so far this year, the next couple of events should hopefully play more into their hands, with Jeremy Flores, Tiago Pires and Aritz Aranburu all generally favouring the hollower type of wave on tour. Flores faces John John Florence and CJ Hobgood in his Round 1 heat, which is sure to amp up his barrel game if the waves are on.
Men’s Round 1 Heat Draw:
Heat 1: De Souza (Bra), Kai Otton (Aus), Dion Atkinson (Aus)
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (Tah), Filipe Toledo (Bra), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (Aus), Fred Patacchia (Haw), Raoni Monteiro (Bra)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (Aus), Adrian Buchan (Aus), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (Aus), Adam Melling (Aus), Glenn Hall (Aus)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Mitch Crews (Aus), wild card
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (Bra), Kolohe Andino (USA), Alejo Muniz (Bra)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (Aus), Sebastian Zietz (Haw), Aritz Aranburu (Esp)
Heat 9: Jordy Smith (AFS), Miguel Pupo (Bra), Matt Wilkinson (Aus)
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA), Owen Wright (Aus), Jadson André (Bra)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (Aus), Bede Durbidge (Aus), Travis Logie (AFS)
Heat 12: John John Florence (Haw), CJ Hobgood (USA), Jérémy Florès (Fra)