Incredible day of surfing at the Fiji Pro 2016

June 16, 2016 | Surfing
Matt Wilkinson: keeping his world title hopes alive at Cloudbreak | Photo: Sloane/WSL

Eight surfers have reached the quarterfinals of the Fiji Pro 2016, after another perfect day of surfing at Cloudbreak.

Kelly Slater has always said Cloudbreak is one of his favorite waves in the world. The 11-time world champion has once again proved he has what it takes to win events. In his Round 4 act, Slater celebrated a Perfect 10-point ride and added a 9.77 to his near-perfect heat score.

"I had to go on that last wave, and I just misjudged it. That was a heartbreaker. I got pitched and broke my leash and board. I am kind of tripping, even though I had a great heat. But I am putting all that behind me," said Kelly Slater, who dedicated the win to the late Floridian surfer Robert Rohmann.

Matt Wilkinson keeps his head high. The Australian had a tough heat against John John Florence and Adrian Buchan, but he managed to edge out the Hawaiian by only 0.13 points.

"I think those are the best waves I've ever seen, so to get a heat win like that and get barrels like that is the best feeling in the world. To put a big result on the board when the waves are so pumping feels pretty awesome," added Wilkinson.

Gabriel Medina also found a Perfect 10 in a flawless cavern. The Brazilian talent completed his performance with a series of airs and earned a ticket to the quarterfinals.

"Everyone got sick waves in that heat, and one of the sets was mine. I'm stoked to get a 10. The waves are incredible - I think it's the best Cloudbreak I've ever surfed. I tried to do my best on that wave; it was the best 4 of my life!"

Fiji Pro 2016 | Quarterfinal Match-Ups

Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)

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