Volcom Fiji Pro: Slater with the Win, John John takes MVP

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2013 Volcom Fiji Pro champion Kelly Slater. Photo: Bielmann

Blue skies, blue waves, and up to 10 foot, cloudbreak barrels repeatedly came in Fiji, making the 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro an amazing event to take part of. In the end, it was the top dog, Kelly Slater, beating out the Aussie, Mick Fanning, and getting a perfect 10 run, to take the win. Slater ripped and snapped every wave, and rode out of some gnarly barrels that were closing up quickly.  The guy is 41, and is still getting perfect scores in heats. Without a doubt, Slater is the best surfer as of now, and a staple in surfing history. It was an awesome show by the American, who, I guess, wasn’t in the wrong by showing up “fashionably late”, only to take the lead in the ASP standings in the end.
The competition was getting pretty cut throat towards the end, with Slater, Mick Fanning, CJ Hobgood, and John John Florence making it to the Semi-Finals.  Each one got their turn with the pristine Fijian waves, which graciously produced amazing barrels for each of them.
Our own, John John Florence, ended up walking away with the New Era x Volcom Pro Fiji MVP Award. Even though he lost in the semis to Slater, John John surfed hard, keeping the top dog on his toes throughout the heat. Florence’s consistency through the heat is what won him the award, though. Pretty good for the young gun who has been out of the ASP World Tour up until now, wrecking his ankle on an air all the way back on the Gold Coast. A real winner in my book.
Scoring for the Volcom Fiji Pro is as follows;

1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.87
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17 def. John John Florence (HAW) 14.00
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.07 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.70
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 19.06 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.67
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 4.10
QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.77 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.50
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.13 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.83

Next up is the Oakley Pro in Bali, Indonesia, with the top 5 standings as follows;
Kelly Slater (26950)
Mick Fanning (26200)
Jordy Smith (23450)
Taj Burrow (19700)
Adriano de Souza (19000)

It’s going to be sick.
By Jeramy Waterman