After a few lay days and eager anticipation of the swell that is forecast for the end of the waiting period, The WSL Fiji Pro got under way this morning in average conditions.

The completion of the non-elimination Rd 1 in 4 ft Cloudbreak was not without the dramas. Heat 1 saw 11 time World Champion and 4 time event winner Kelly Slater beaten by Alejo Muniz and be pushed into Rd 2.

Highlights below

The stand out for the day was reigning event and world champion Gabriel Medina who surfed solidly to secure his Rd 3 position. Showing some of the flare he used to win the event last year Medina laid down some massive power hacks.

Gabriel Medina - photo WSL Stephen Robertson
Gabriel Medina – photo WSL Stephen Robertson

Another notable performance was from Australian wild card Jay Davies. Davies who reached the quarter finals at the Margaret River Pro as a wildcard, looked inform again getting the only decent barrel of the day. Although Davies didn’t find the scores needed to advance to Rd 3 he did show that he is a force to be reckoned with at this event.

A change in the rules this year means that wildcards can use the points won during their events to be able to qualify for the CT tour, and with Jay Davies having already getting a quarterfinal result and currently sat in 29th spot on the leaderboard if he does well in this event it could become a very real possibility for him to do this. Jay Davies does have one small problem in his way and that is that he has Kelly Slater in his Rd 2 match up. Stay tuned folks that is going to be a cracker of a heat. The swell forecast is looking really good over the weekend and into next week should be some perfect conditions.

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