The Outerknown Fiji Pro Stop Number 5 of the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour saw sensational upsets today in the remaining eight heats of round 3 after a series of lay days over the last week due to inconsistent surf conditions. The event recommenced today in dramatic fashion to witness the world’s best surfers battle in the four – five foot / 1 . 2 – 1 . 5 metre waves at Cloudbreak.
Leonardo Fioravanti, Italy 2017 World Championship Tour Rookie upset the competition with his win over reigning 2016 World Surf League Champion and current World Number 1 John John Florence, Hawaii in round 3. Fioravanti showcased a new level to his surfing with aggressive snaps for a 16.83 two wave score – Out of a possible 20 points. The waves are really fun and I just got into a good rhythm Fioravanti said. My mom always tells me that I surf better on my backhand so I was just thinking about what my mom always says and I kept on trying to hit the lip as hard as I could and it paid off. I felt really confident. It is a dream to surf these type of conditions at Cloudbreak with nobody else out.
The Italian’s second ever World Championship Tour heat win this season forces Florence to leave Fiji in 13 th place his second and worst result for 2017. Florence now sets his sights on the next World Tour Event which is to be held at the world class right hand breaking wave at Jeffery’s Bay in South Africa.
In a day of major upsets Australian rookie Connor O’leary has ousted surfing legend Kelly Slater, USA on a day of carnage for the big guns at the Fiji Pro at Cloudbreak. Ranked 15 th in his debut World Surf League season, O’leary triumphed over the 11 time World Champion in a close third round heat.
Event officials will reconvene tomorrow morning from 7.00am local time to asses the surf conditions at Cloudbreak and make the next call.
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