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Kelly Slater (USA), 41, earned a perfect 10 and a 9.30 in Round 4 of the Volcom Fiji Pro to advance to the Quarterfinals. Credit: ASP/SCHOLTZ.

A solid 6-8 foot Cloudbreak saw the return of competition in Fiji last night. We didn't stay up for it but we're looking forward to checking them video highlights. Kelly was on fire for his Round 4 heat, dropping a perfect 10 before backing it up with a 9.30:

“That was unbelievable," Slater said. “Those were some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a contest. On the 10, I was deep in the barrel and grabbed my rail, but I had to let go to get speed and then I hit the foam ball, I barely made that one. I did the turn and got another tube. On that one big one, it was so perfect and I just wanted to be in the right spot. As I was in the barrel, it spit really hard and there was lots of mist and I couldn’t see. The foamball pushed my tail up in to the wave and I just couldn’t come out the way I wanted to. I didn’t even care if I won or lost, because I’d get to surf again."

John John was up there again with another of the best performances, with his own perfect 10 following a series of seamless backhand turns followed by a deep barrel:

“I didn’t know what the score was going to be because it was a bit of a smaller wave," Florence said. “I did a couple of turns and then had the long running barrel on the inside and I was stoked to make it. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going out having fun and I’m going to try and do the same thing in the next round."

Quarter-final match-ups have shaped up for a hot final day of competition:

QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.50

Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.73

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.87 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.03

Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.66 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 5.67

Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.87

Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.76 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 6.13

Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.00

Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) 15.67 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.93

Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.20 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.40

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.43, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.30, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.16, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.30

Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.07, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.83, Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.77

Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.14, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.07, Nat Young (USA) 8.07

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.43

Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.97 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.23

Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.76 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.83

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.53 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.34

UPCOMING VOLCOM FIJI PRO QUARTERFINALS MATCH UPS:

QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)

QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)