Blue barrels arrive at the Fiji Pro 2015

June 13, 2015 | Surfing
Kelly Slater: deep in the Cloudbreak | Photo:  WSL/Robertson

Barrels returned to Cloudbreak for the Round 2 clashes of the Fiji Pro 2015. Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo survived their battles.

Local talent Inia Nakalevu wanted to impress, and took an early lead over De Souza. But the Brazilian waited, and patience paid off. With a 6.83 and a 6.67, the ratings won the heat.

“After five minutes I realized that the wind was stronger, and the conditions were changing, so I came more to the inside. I'm happy to advance, and I knew Inia had his chance to beat me. This is an amazing chance for me to show off my surfing out there, and I think the waves are going to get bigger," said Adriano.

Filipe Toledo joined De Souza in Round 3 with a narrow victory over the second Fijian wildcard Aca Ravulo.

"It was really scary because he really knows the wave and has a lot of experience out here. Yesterday I was too excited, and I kind of blew it but today I was more relaxed and I made it through," added Toledo.

Dane Reynolds was the only wildcard to make it through to Round 3. The world's most popular freesurfer defeated the dangerous Australian aerialist Josh Kerr.

"Yesterday I didn't really feel like I surfed that bad, but I just didn't have so many opportunities. I feel like I could've done better today, but I felt good and I'm stoked to have another chance," expressed Reynolds.

Kelly Slater proved he still dominates Cloudbreak like no one. The Floridian rode the biggest wave of the contest so far to earn a near-perfect 9.93 for a spectacular deep barrel.

"I'm trying to get a little bit of that Florida mojo back. I was so focused on the chops that were two feet ahead of me on and that last wave was a tough one to get along with," concluded Slater.

Fiji Pro 2015 | Round 2 Results

Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.50 def. Inia Nakalevu (FJI) 6.87
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.70 def. Aca Ravulo (FJI) 8.86
Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.00 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.10
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.70 def. Jay Davies (AUS) 9.47
Owen Wright (AUS) 10.10 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 9.03

Fiji Pro 2015 | Round 2 Match-Ups

Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Jeremy Flores (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)

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