Women's Fiji Pro Highlights
Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore
After enduring some historic conditions at Cloudbreak, Australians Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore were all smiles Thursday after the final of the Fiji Women's Pro. Fitzgibbons clinched her second consecutive win at Tavarua and sits second in the hunt for the 2014 ASP Women's World Title.
Sally Fitzgibbons rides a double overhead-plus monster at Cloudbreak on her way to victory at the Fiji Women's Pro.
Steph Gilmore, runner-up at the Fiji Pro, shows us how Gold Coast kids get slotted and reiterates that, yes, they can go left.
If you like your waves fast and furious and your landscapes breathtaking, Fiji is paradise.
Malia Manuel muscled her way into the quarters, but she broke her hand in the process. After seeing the ASP doctor after sustaining the injury, she decided to continue surfing and ended up finishing equal third.
A rookie from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, Johanne Defay finished equal fifth at the Fiji Pro by fearlessly picking off gems like this one at Restaurants on Wednesday.
Australian Tyler Wright was a definite favorite to win the first Fiji Women's Pro in almost a decade, and this is why: She thrives on just the type of heavy, high-octane barrels that Cloudbreak prefers to serve up. She told the ASP that she was happy with her equal ninth finish Thursday.
"This has been the best event of my life," Dimity Stoyle told the ASP. "The waves have pumped at Cloudbreak and then Restaurants and then back at Cloudbreak today and the girls have taken it head on. I would have liked to have put up some bigger scores today, but to take down Carissa [Moore] and come up against my hero Steph [Gilmore] in the semifinals in pumping Cloudbreak is like a dream. Really stoked to be here."
Reigning World Champion and current rankings leader Carissa Moore of Hawaii exhibits perfect form in a backlit, almond-shaped barrel during Round 3 of the Fiji Women's Pro at Restaurants. Moore finished equal fifth and retains her grasp on the No. 1 position in the rankings.
South African Bianca Buitendag is in her second year on tour, but she behaves like a vet. Here, she tames beastly Cloudbreak with frontside style. Buitendag earned an equal fifth result at the Fiji Women's Pro.
No surprise the Hawaiians elevated their game in Fiji. Rookie Alessa Quizon would have loved to go farther in the event than she did, but it wasn't for lack of effort or gumption. The young Hawaiian has a bright future ahead of her.
Looking for something to get her year going, Laura Enever found this tube at Restaurants, which would have made anybody's trip to Tavi.
Injury wildcard Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) proves that she can kick it with the rest of the Top 17 at Restaurants on Wednesday. Weston-Webb finished equal ninth in Fiji.
Coco Ho put her lifetime of Hawaiian-heavy water experience to good use as she puts it on rail on the opening day at Cloudbreak.