Experience prevails at Round 2 of the Fiji Pro 2016

June 6, 2016 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina: focused and barreled at Cloudbreak | Photo: Sloane/WSL

The world's best surfers have completed Round 2 of the Fiji Pro 2016, at Cloudbreak.

Matt Wilkinson beat Alex Ribeiro, but he only managed to confirm his spot in Round 3 after the Brazilian failed to capitalize a last-minute opportunity.

"Alex started with a few mid-range scores, which should not be too scary out there, but I was starting to think that it was never going to break. I started to get worried and went on a few silly waves. The waves then turned on and I think we were out of rhythm because of the slow start, but I put two average scores up and made it through," said Wilkinson.

Taj Burrow might be leaving the Dream Tour, but he is still chasing a good result at Cloudbreak. The veteran used his experience to build a solid score, and move through to the next phase.

"I am feeling pretty good, but I have to admit that I was super nervous. Going out at this event is a fairytale ending for me regardless of the result, but I was really scared to get last. My nerves are getting to me a bit because I feel extra eyes on me to see how it unfolds. I could not be happier," added Burrow.

Mick Fanning returned to pro surfing with a victory over fellow countryman Kai Otton. The three-time world surfing champion unleashed his backhand trumps and finished with a strong overall heat score.

"It is hard surfing against one of your good friends. Kai and I have been staying in the same room together, and that is our third heat in a row here that we've had together. As time goes on, I'll find out what is next. I still have some more trips to do and places to go, and hopefully, I will come up with a decision soon," explained Fanning.

Fiji Pro 2016 | Round 2 Results

Italo Ferreira (BRA) 10.67 def. Tevita Gukilau (FJI) 3.50
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.10 def. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)11.10
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.94 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 14.10
Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.17
Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.40
Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.67
Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.30 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 13.03
Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.17 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10.53
Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.00 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.74
Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.50 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8.83
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.84 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.16
Conner Coffin (USA) 13.17 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 10.16

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