With conditions in the heaviest of heavy 12-to-15 foot at Cloudbreak and only a small window of ideal winds, the Volcom Fiji Pro contest director took advantage of the opportunity to run the remaining two heats of Round 2.
Bede Durbidge (AUS), 29, survived a hard-fought battle with compatriot Adam Melling (AUS), 27, in the opening heat of the day. Durbidge showcased an impressive command of the conditions, netting a 15.43 out of a possible 20 en route to his Round 2 win.
“Those were the biggest most perfect waves I’ve ever surfed,” Durbidge said. “It was pretty nerve-wracking being first up. We were on and then off and then on again. You have to be prepared to go. I think everyone on tour is more than capable of handling Cloudbreak as big as it gets, we just have to pick our window with the wind. Mello (Adam Melling) was charging out there too so tough luck to him but I’m pumped to get some bombs and get through to Round 3.”
And in the second and final heat of the day, Aussie Kai Otton exhibited a sterling case of forehand bravado, rebounding from a late charge from Brazilian Raoni Monteiro.
VOLCOM FIJI PRO REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.43 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 14.23
Heat 12:Kai Otton (AUS) 14.33 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.34
VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 5: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mitch Coleborn (AUS)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
- Pictured: Bede Durbidge (AUS), 29, took on maxing Cloudbreak to best compatriot Adam Melling (AUS), 27, in Round 2 of the Volcom Fiji Pro. Credit: © ASP / ROBERTSON