The OK Fiji Pro

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stunet started the topic in Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 8:37am

Women's starts today, men's next Sunday (the 4th June). Craig has th early forecast here:

https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-analysis/2017/05/26/outerknown-fiji-pro-early-forecast

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stunet commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 8:40am

Feel free to jot thoughts, tips, and conspiracy theories about judging below. The thread will run for the duration of the contest and we'll keep it visible on the front page for easy access.

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evosurfer commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 10:40am

Easy as old bald one smelly slater will be underscored by at least 1 point per wave
and his opponent will be over scored at least 1 point per wave.
SIMPLY

IF im not surfing im racing

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Blowin commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:26pm

Here is a bit of rainy day rumination .

Isaac Newton said " If I can see further , it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants ."

So with the wizards of modern surfing ready to ( hopefully ) thread their way through the cobalt blue tunnels of the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to further what's considered possible on a surfboard , I'm going to throw out a few names and my personal opinion of contributing roots to their original styles.

Adriano Desousca - Trent Munroe

John John Florence - Jamie O' Brien

Owen Wright - Michael Rommelse
https://vimeo.com/55332919

Bede Durbidge - Bryce Ellis

Michelle Bourez - Johnny Boy Gomes

Fredrico Morais - Tiago Pirez

Wiggoly Dantas - Bobby Martinez

Seabass - Dustin Barca

Gabriel Medina - Occy : for that rudder back Arm on his backhand if nothing else.

Jadson Andre - Cory Lopez

Stuart Kennedy - Danny Wills

Ya go Dora - Rob Machado

Ethan Ewing - Andy Irons

Mick Fanning - Danny Wills / Taylor Knox / Jay Phillips

Ciao Ibelli - Fabio Gouveia

Jeremy Flores - Richie Lovett

Kolohe Andino - Taj Burrow

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crg commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:06pm

Really looking forward to seeing Owen surf...pre-injury he was invincible here...I think this might be the best barometer of his recovery.

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stunet commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:11pm

Some astute observations there Blowin and even though I'm in the mood for an argument I cant find any fault amongst 'em.

Anyone know where Sheepdog's gone?

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GuySmiley commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:21pm

Sheepdog mentioned awhile back that his partner wasn't too well, been thinking about that lately and hoping for the best.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 2:49pm

I was only thinking about Sheepy yesterday ....weird.

Hope it's all good mate !

Stu - I'm not actually up for a debate with even the faux passion I can usually mimic.

I'll go have a beer and see if I can work up any kind of non political fervour.

Unless you feel like making it political, then we'll have to take it outside.......to another thread.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 3:41pm

Connor Coffin - Tom Curren

Matt Wilkinson - Matt Wilkinson

Ignorance is Zen

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Blowin commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 3:59pm

I was going to put Connor Coffin - Tom Curren !

Some crew just develop their own style. Such as Wilko and Toledo . Been getting any waves Zen ?

PS. Sorry about failing to come up with an argument , Stu.

A beer became a little scoob and a rewatching of Morning of the Earth after a decade or so.

Chillums in the Ulu cave as I type. Boys are loving it.

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stunet commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 4:11pm

Thas cool. Got an arvo backyard fire going with the young fellas, no surf talk but some intense marshamallow toasting going down.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 4:39pm

John John florence is more like a modern day Curren to me, those stylish carves and unique approach to a wave and the tube sense.

Wiko reminds me of a poor mans Occy.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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lostdoggy commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 4:48pm

I see Curren and Margo in Parko. But I prefer either of them.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:37pm

Seabass = Andy more so than Barca i think.
Kolohe = Andy x Fanning
JJF = JOB x Bruce

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:38pm

The rest are pretty spot on!

Good stuff blowin

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Blowin commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:51pm

Wilco - Ozzie Wright : constant flow and reactivity.

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lostdoggy commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 5:54pm

Interesting no one has said anyone is influenced/molded by Kelly. Generally considered the GOAT and been around since the early 90s.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 28 May 2017 at 6:07pm

Flore's forehand hack probably has as much to do with the Slater " Pizza toss" as Richie Lovett ' s forehand viscousness .

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stunet commented Monday, 29 May 2017 at 7:52am

Women's layday. Forecast dosn't look too flash. Let's revisit the Big O's Perfect 10's from two years back and, like GRG said, wonder about his recovery:

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at 6:35am

Wow, it's pretty small, maybe 2-3ft on the bigger sets with short rides on offer. Womens Round 1 is running. 

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at 8:31am

Lucky that the ad beak has a title stating it's the 2017 OK women's pro.

Going off the synth pop music I was assuming I was watching the 1983 edition of the same event.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at 10:35am

Surf might not be all time for Cloudbreak , but I'd sure love to be out in boardies amongst that gin clear water and those beltable running lefts.

Surfing over reef is the best.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 6:37am

Jeez the first heat this AM was a shocker, the girls were sitting way too far up the reef and kept getting caught behind the peak. Looks like they've sorted their positions now but it's still just an average 3ft at Cloudbreak.. gonna be hard to get any inspiring footage from yesterday or today I reckon.

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 9:35am

The Tyler/Sage heat was a looooong 30 minutes that's for sure.

Go Sally!

Ignorance is Zen

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 10:04am

I hope I'm not being out of order here but do you think Rosie has a bit of a moisty for Ronnie? Or vice versa?

Ignorance is Zen

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 10:24am

As an utterly heterosexual man , I can honestly say that Ronnie' s smooth looks , voice and charm would put undoubtedly put Rosie into the vast pool of women that have fallen under his spell.

Christ, I'd better put the wife beater on and go change a car tyre just to reassure myself of my staunch dedication to manliness after that comment.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 1:38pm

Semis 1 and 2 done.. and they've called it off for the day due to dwindling surf conditions.

They're gonna try and run the Final tomorrow. Wonder how much swell will be left? May not be much at all. 

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 1:40pm

Ha! Just got the WSL press release. Under the headline, it says (bullet point #1):

"FINAL SHOWDOWN WILL DETERMINE EVENT WINNER "

How incredibly observant. 

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indo-dreaming commented Saturday, 3 Jun 2017 at 9:05pm

So the window start tomorrow (Sunday)

Hows the forecast looking now?

Ada gula, ada semut!

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tubeshooter commented Sunday, 4 Jun 2017 at 9:35pm

Before suffering the equivalent of getting an AVO from the WSL , I would have said Toledo had a fair shot. After seeing the first round though I,d have to say Wilko looks hungry

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AndyM commented Sunday, 4 Jun 2017 at 10:18pm

Any thoughts on Bourez's arabesque tube stall?

Or was it a dog cocking a leg but kinda in reverse??

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 7:50am

Pretty awkward and ugly

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AndyM commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 8:17am

Yeah I don't think it will catch on.

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donweather commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 8:41am

Impressive leg strength and balance but!!!

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AndyM commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 9:50am

With his left hand in the face of the wave it's pretty impressive.

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fitzroy-21 commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 12:47pm

Can someone post a photo/link/video of it?

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AndyM commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 2:40pm
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Nick Bone commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 2:40pm

Forecast update?

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Nick Bone commented Monday, 5 Jun 2017 at 2:41pm

I thought Bourez wave was a 10. The grace of a ballerina, the innovation and the high end of the critical part of the wave should have earnt that

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Blowin commented Thursday, 8 Jun 2017 at 8:05am

Fingers crossed that competition runs today.

It's freezing cold here and it'd be nice to tuck up and while away a few hours.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 7:01am

Any idea when this bloody comp is going to start again?

Ignorance is Zen

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Craig commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 7:28am

Today Zen, should be some new swell filling in.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 7:46am

Cheers man.

Go Wilko!

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donweather commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 9:05am

As I said in the other thread last week, WSL must be spewing. They can't jag a trick. How's the swell forecast for the day AFTER the waiting period ends!!!!

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udo commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 10:11am

10 AM start
crap waves !

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 10:21am

They're running out of time Udo, not many options left.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 10:33am

official forecast has been way, way overcalled.

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 10:42am

What a dog's breakfast. Better viewing on our Greenmount surfcam.

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donweather commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 12:23pm

Fck me what a debacle!!!

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 12:34pm

It's a great example that world class waves don't fire all the time. This is certainly the best time of the year for Fiji, but we've had a couple of consecutive weeks of average waves indeed. Ain't no way to get around this without extending the waiting period (which is an impossibility on many levels).

However, an Indonesia stop on the tour would not encounter as much of a risk in this regard. It's pretty rare for an extended run of poor surf through the winter months - sure, it can get small - but surf quality is much higher.

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Craig commented Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 at 12:55pm

Good battle going on now! Didn't see earlier but waves look super rippable.