Outerknown Fiji Pro Called ON in Solid Conditions

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

– Men’s Round 2 Called ON for 7:45 AM Start
– Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com

2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) will take on event wildcard Yago Dora (BRA) in the first heat of the day, Round 2 Heat 2, of the OK Fiji Pro.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari
Location:       Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji
Event window:    June 4 – 16, 2017
Today’s call:
   Round 2 called ON; Round 3 on Standby
Conditions:        6 – 8 foot (2 – 2.5 metre)

TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Monday, June 5, 2017) – The Outerknown Fiji Pro, Stop No. 5 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), will continue today with Round 2 called ON for a 7:45 a.m. start in solid 6-to-8 foot (2 – 2.5 metre) conditions at Cloudbreak. Round 3 will be on standby for a potential start today.

“The swell dropped a touch from yesterday, but we still have beautiful conditions here at Cloudbreak,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “The waves are really clean and lined-up right now so we are excited for another big day of competition. We will start at 7:45 a.m. with Round 2. We will keep Round 3 on hold for a possible start later today if the conditions permit.”

After seeing incredible action in Round 1 and the opening heat of Round 2 yesterday, the first elimination round of the event will continue to see all competitors battle to keep in the running for the OK Fiji Pro event win and avoid an early exit from the world famous Cloudbreak.

11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will battle to keep on the hunt for a fifth event title, but will first need to defeat 2017 CT Rookie Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 5.

2017 CT Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) will fight to avoid another early elimination as he comes up against veteran Adrian Buchan (AUS) in Round 2 Heat 4 of the OK Fiji Pro.

Brazilian chargers Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Jadson Andre (BRA) will go head-to-head in Round 2 Heat 7. In the race for requalification, Dantas and Andre cannot afford any more 25th place results and will battle to continue through to Round 3.

Up first this morning will be event wildcard Yago Dora (BRA) taking on 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Heat 2.

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

A mix of longer and shorter period SW swell will continue Monday with strong, but at least somewhat jumbled, surf at Cloudbreak. The surf will fade Tue-Wed. The next swell of interest is lining up for the end of the new week with mid size, mid to longer period energy possible. 

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, 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.

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Remaining Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 2:
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 6: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)


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