The Fiji Pro stop number 5 of 11 world tour events on the 2016 Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour roared back to life yesterday following a week long hiatus with Cloudbreak delivering building six – eight foot 2 – 2.5 metre waves for round 3 of competition.
Taj Burrow – Australia 18 year Championship Tour Veteran surfed his final Champion Tour heat against John John Florence – Hawaii and the bout proved to be the premiere battle of the season so far.
Florence opened strongly with a deep barrel to lock in an excellent 8.17 but Burrow quickly followed suit with an 8.00 to take the lead. With the swell pulsing during the heat, both competitors charged wave after wave to exchange excellent range scores. Burrow bettered his score with a near perfect 9.20 and Florence answered back with a perfect 9.43. Burrow continued to battle and earned another excellent score an 8.60 to regain control. With fifteen minutes left on the clock, Burrow held control with a 17.80 heat score over Florence’s 17.60. On the last exchange both surfers caught massive barrels. Burrows earned a near perfect 9.43 for his tube, but Florence took the lead with a 9.33. Burrow finished the heat with an 18.60 just 0.16 point short of Florence 18.76 heat score.
That was one of the best heats of my life said Burrow. Every time I got off the ski and got out the back, a crazy perfect wave would be there and I would be in the perfect spot.
Action resumes again today from Fiji …