Kelly Slater: perfect 10s don't come easy

Perfect six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) wave lines bombed Cloudbreak, as the Volcom Fiji Pro 2013 hits Quarterfinals.


Kelly Slater was the surfer of the day. In Round 4, the Floridian earned a Perfect 10 and 9.30 for a near-excellent 19.30 out of a possible 20.

A massive double-barrel saw the 11-time world champion drive through two deep tube sections covering the distance of the reef. Perfect 10.

"That was unbelievable. Those were some of the best waves I've ever had in a contest. On the 10, I was deep in the barrel and grabbed my rail, but I had to let go to get speed and then I hit the foam ball, I barely made that one. I did the turn and got another tube", explains Slater.

John John Florence collected his second perfect score with a series of seamless backhand turns followed by a deep barrel. Florence's effort would see him advance directly to the Quarterfinals over rankings leader Jordy Smith and veteran Taj Burrow.

Joel Parkinson was impeccable in the open-ocean lineup of Cloudbreak, combining deep barrels and massive carves to ignite several of the day's top scores.
Parkinson would oust replacement surfer Yadin Nicol in Round 3, continuing with a dominant Round 4 effort over California up-and-comers Kolohe Andino and Nat Young.

“The waves are so good that it felt like a crime to come in. It was one of those heats you hope to get where the conditions just seemed like it turned on. That was a dream heat, we actually missed some of the good waves. Cloudbreak is the best left in the world", says Parkinson.

C.J. Hobgood, Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, Josh Kerr and Sebastian Zietz also secured a spot in the Quarterfinals of the Volcom Fiji Pro 2013.

Volcom Fiji Pro 2013 Quarterfinals:
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)