Fiji: eating waves in Restaurants

Cloudbreak and Restaurants are ready to welcome the best surfers in the world for an exciting meeting at the 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro, running from June 3th-15th in the dyllic surf breaks of the South Pacific Ocean island.

After a five-year hiatus, the Volcom Fiji Pro returns, with the Australians currently lead the charge, occupying four of the Top 5 spots in the world. Joel Parkinson, four-time ASP World Runner-Up, currently holds the frontrunner position on the elite ASP World Championship Tour ratings.

"I love the waves in Fiji," Parkinson said. "How could you not? I take the family to Tavarua for a couple of weeks holiday every year so I've surfed Cloudbreak a fair bit over the years. It's such a beautiful wave – a big, open oceanic left – and so much fun to surf."

Mick Fanning currently sits at the ASP World No. 2 position heading into the Volcom Fiji Pro and shares the enthusiasm of his ASP Top 34 competitors in returning to the island.

"The waves in Fiji are some of the best I've experienced in competition," Fanning said. "Cloudbreak and Restaurants are really different waves. I love the power, unpredictability and challenge of surfing Cloudbreak. Restaurants is more perfect but breaks in really shallow water"

Mitch Coleborn has been granted one of two wildcards into the Volcom Fiji Pro, and the progressive goofy-footer is excited for the opportunity to mix it up with the world’s best in one of the world’s very best waves.

"Tavarua is one of my favorite places in the world," Coleborn said. "To compete at a world-class wave makes for a really even playing field. Everyone will get sick waves, from the vets to the rookies; it will come down to your surfing and that keeps match-ups real fair. I can't wait."

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