Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds & Aca Ravulo

Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds 2015

Fiji Pro Wildcard Dane Reynolds 2015

Fiji Pro Wildcards

Dane Reynolds has been awarded the wildcard spot by the WSL for the 2015 Fiji Pro, the 5th stop on the WSL Championship Tour. Dane will be surfing against Mick Fanning and Wiggolly Dantas in Heat 5 of Round 1.

Aca Ravulo won the local trials and will be surfing against Adriano De Souza and Adrian Buchan in Heat 6 of Round 1.

Alejo Muniz will be replacing the injured Michel Bourez and surfs against Filipe Toledo and Matt Banting in Heat 4 of Round 1.

Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks

Fiji Pro: Groundswell’s Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Fiji Pro: Groundswell's Hot & Cold Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Fiji Pro pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Slater, Owen, Medina

COLD: Parko, Jordy, CJ

BOOM OR BUST: JJF, Kolohe, Dusty

CAUTION: local wildcards, budget crunch

– Groundswell -more-

Check out all of our pundit picks posts.

Fiji Pro: Past Results 2012-2014

Fiji Pro: Past Results 2012-2014

Here are the Fiji Pro past results and winners from 2012-2014.

Winner Runner-up Semis Quarters R5
2015 Gabriel Medina Nat Young Michel Bourez
Kolohe Andino
Mick Fanning
Kelly Slater
John John Florence
Adriano De Souza
Owen Wright
Filipe Toledo
Taj Burrow
Joel Parkinson
2013 Kelly Slater Mick Fanning John John Florence
CJ Hobgood
Jordy Smith
Sebastian Zietz
Josh Kerr
Joel Parkinson
Jeremy Flores
Taj Burrow
Nat Young
Kolohe Andino
2012 Kelly Slater Gabriel Medina Mick Fanning
CJ Hobgood
John John Florence
Taj Burrow
Julian Wilson
Adriano De Souza
Damien Hobgood
Joel Parkinson
Owen Wright
Heitor Alves

ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings by Ross Williams & Martin Potter

ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings Ross Williams Martin Potter 2014

ASP Fiji Pro Power Rankings Ross Williams Martin Potter

Ross Williams & Martin Potter’s Power Rankings

Ross Williams & Martin Potter give their analysis of the field coming out of Fiji as we head into J-Bay.

There’s starting to become daylight between the younger guys and the usual suspects. The young guns are getting more experience and starting to work out the game and how to beat these older guys–’cause it takes a lot more than good surfing to win events. They’re also getting bigger and stronger and it’s starting to show.
– Martin Potter -more-

It’s actually pretty complex with the swell — or lack thereof — that really created these results in Fiji. That being said, Gabriel Medina is well rounded. You can see him winning here when it’s six- to eight-foot. And as our veterans get older and older, guess what? Guys like Gabriel are going to get 9s on closeouts. It’s only going to get harder from here on out, and slowly but surely we’re going to see different names winning world titles. That’s just the nature of it.
– Ross Williams -more-

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly 2014

ASP Fiji Pro Red Bull Power Rankings Derek Rielly 2014

Derek Rielly’s Power Rankings

Derek Rielly ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the ASP Fiji Pro as we head into the 2014 ASP J-Bay Open.

Gabriel “Bunny” Medina tore the pro surfing universe in half this week just past, employing such physical resources it was like a man overdrawing at the bank. It’s a measure of how upside-down the world has become when it was only the middle-aged Hawaiian Fred Pattachia who threatened a heat win against the 20-and-a-half year old. This is a surfer who will never have to atone for a lack of confidence or humility. Anyhow, he’s marvellous.

– Derek Rielly -more-

ASP Fiji Pro 10 Lessons From Derek Rielly

ASP Fiji Pro 10 Lessons From Derek Rielly 2014

ASP Fiji Pro 10 Lessons From Derek Rielly 2014

10 Lessons from Derek Rielly

Derek Rielly gives us 10 lessons learned from the ASP Fiji Pro.

But for a hiccup in Brazil, Gabriel would have three in the bag. As it is, he’s 2000 points clear. And he will win three more events. Fiji was second gear for Brazil’s first-ever surfing world champ.

This is the Kolohe we were promised two years ago.

Under six feet and even the perfection of Joel, Mick and Kelly ain’t enough to swing a heat from the hungriest of South American or Californian teens. The difficulty for our three favourite veterans is, how do they compete with Gabriel, Filipe, Nat and Kolohe now that all have hit their richest vein of form?

Filipe Toledo has the ability to humiliate very single surfer in any sub-six-foot conditions, Gabriel and John John excepted. This year will become his practice run. Next year gets real.

It’s a fact. Margaret River ain’t world-class. Even the crummiest of Cloudbreak made it look sub-par.

John John just ain’t interested. At least not when it comes down to letting your eyes bulge and your dignity disappear. John John will never sacrifice steeze for a heat win. And he will entertain, as did Dane, but it won’t last forever.

The mystery of Julian Wilson. As good as Gabriel or any of the vets. But only scratching into the top 16, and that’s with four second-lasts. It’s as mysterious as the fabled disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370.

– Derek Rielly -more-