Lay Day Called at Outerknown Fiji Pro

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– Competition Called OFF for the Day
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11X WSL Champion and 4X event winner Kelly Slater (USA) will take on rookie Connor O’Leary (AUS) in Round 3 Heat 8 when competition resumes.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari
Location:       Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji
Event window:    June 4 – 16, 2017
Today’s call:
   Competition called OFF for the day
Conditions:        3 – 5 foot (1 – 1.5 metre)

TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Thursday, June 8, 2017) – The Outerknown Fiji Pro, Stop No. 5 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for the day with only small surf on offer at the event sites, Cloudbreak and Restaurants 

“We are calling the event off for the day,” WSL Deputy Commissioner, Renato Hickel, said. “We were on hold for the morning, waiting to see if that swell would fill in. Unfortunately, the swell is not quite here yet. We hope to see a push and increase in the surf tomorrow, so we will make another call then at 7:00 a.m. local time.”

Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. local time to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

When competition gets back underway, elimination Round 3 will continue with big match-ups.

Round 3 Heat 8 will see 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) match-up against rookie Connor O’Leary (AUS). Slater will battle to continue his hunt for an historic fifth event title.

After his first CT win of the season, all eyes will be on 2017 CT Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) as he takes on reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) in Heat 6 of Round 3. Fioravanti has the opportunity to send Florence home with a second consecutive 13th place finish when they go head-to-head.

Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will see Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) in his Round 3 match-up for a chance to continue through to non-elimination Round 4.

2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) will work to claim the Jeep Leader Jersey for the first time this season with a strong finish in Fiji, but will first need to eliminate Stuart Kennedy (AUS) in his Round 3 heat.

Up first will be three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) against Michel Bourez (PYF) in Round 3 Heat 5 when the event is called back on.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Outerknown Fiji Pro, are calling for:

New, long period SW swell will slowly build through Thursday (but starting slow), peaks Friday and then slowly eases on Saturday. There is potential for larger, overlapping swells Tuesday through Thursday of next week. 

The event will be broadcast LIVE via, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.

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Upcoming Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 5:
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 12: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)

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The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the 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, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

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