- 03 June 2014 | Surfing
Kelly Slater opened the Fiji Pro 2014 with the highest heat total of Round 1, in three-to-five foot (1-1.5 metre) surf, at Cloudbreak.
Done and dusted. Slater, a four-time Fiji Pro winner, started strong connecting a series of sizzling backhand turns for a 7.17. Later, Kelly strengthened his lead with a backhand barrel for a 7.67. No chances for Jeremy Flores and Isei Tokovou.
"I feel good out here and right at home - I understand the wave. It's pedal-to-the-metal time for all the guys that are up there in the World Title race, somebody has to start pulling away and making something happen," says Slater.
Michel Bourez kept his confidence levels high, to defeat Brett Simpson and Filipe Toledo with a fast flurry of backhand carves and floats.
"I'm really happy to make it through that Round. I just want to do well in every single event. I have two throwaway results already this season, but I don't feel pressure. I just want to look forward and do as well as I can," states Bourez.
Gabriel Medina eliminated American Kolohe Andino and Dream Tour rookie Dion Atkinson, unloading his explosive forehand repertoire on Cloudbreak for a quick 6.17 and 7.27.
"I had a good result here two years ago, so I hope I can make some more heats here this year. I was pretty bummed after Rio but I went home and trained a lot and I hope I can get a good result here," adds Medina.
Mick Fanning, CJ Hobgood, Jeremy Flores and Josh Kerr will have to surf Round 2.
Fiji Pro 2014 Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.90, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.16, Tiago Pires (PRT) 1.57
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.83, Brett Simpson (USA) 14.76, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.33
Heat 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.03, Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.83, Glenn Hall (AUS) 12.67
Heat 4: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 12.96, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.23, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.83
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.50, Mitch Crews (AUS) 9.00, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 6.97
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.86, Isei Tokovou (FJI) 4.40
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.44, Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.27, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 7.73
Heat 8: Sebastian Zeitz (HAW) 12.07, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.93, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.67
Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.13, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.70, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.10
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 10.77, Nat Young (USA) 10.46, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.00
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.00, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.50, Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.73
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) 12.17, Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.77, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.54