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Fiji Pro calls another Lay Day with eyes on the horizon

 

 

 

Fiji Pro

Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour Men's Event
Cloudbreak, Restaurants Tavarua Fiji
7 - 19 June 2015

Solid swell set for later this week

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 June, 2015 - Tavarua, Fiji - A third consecutive lay day has been called at the Fiji Pro today, stop No. 5 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, with only small and inconsistent surf on offer at Cloudbreak and a projected swell due to arrive later this week.

“It's day three and it's not looking great out there,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We were expecting it to dip down, which it has so there won't be any competition today. We'll come back tomorrow and we're expecting that swell to build over the next few days. We're still confident that it's going to provide really good conditions into the weekend.” 

When competition commences, up first will be Kelly Slater (USA) against Kolohe Andino (USA) and Alejo Muniz (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 1.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are calling for: 

TUESDAY 9th:  Even smaller leftovers from the SW. Building SE trades.
Swell/Surf: Fading further from Monday, with sets mainly shoulder high and below (mainly below).  
Wind/Weather: Building SE trades, moderate in the morning and increasing to fresh by the afternoon. 

WEDNESDAY 10th:  Small, new SW swell slowly builds through the day.
Swell/Surf: Gradually rebuilding, but lully sets in the 3-4’ range on the face (waist-shoulder high) and possibly a little better for later in the day with some head high waves possible.
Wind/Weather: Fresh SE trades through the day; a little lighter in the morning and building for the afternoon. 

THURSDAY 11th:  Small/fun SW swell fills in further. 
Swell/Surf: Fun SW swell builds further with 4-5’ faces (shoulder-head high sets), but lully and inconsistent. 
Wind/Weather: SE/ESE Trades may ease a couple notches from Wednesday. Stay tuned. 

FRIDAY 12th:  SW swell looks likely to build through the day. Stay tuned. Light SE/ESE trades possible. 
Swell/Surf: Latest model guidance indicates surf building into the head high to a few feet overhead range, with largest sets in the double overhead zone over the afternoon.  
Wind/Weather: Possible light SE in the morning and light+ S in the afternoon. Stay tuned, we’ll refine this over the next couple days. 

SATURDAY 13th:  SW swell may fill in further. 
Swell/Surf: Surf could hold in the head high to a few feet overhead range, with largest sets in the double overhead zone.  
Wind/Weather: SE/SSE trades may rebuild to moderate to fresh levels. 

Swell/Surf Outlook 
A small/fun SW swell will slowly build on Wednesday with a further build on Thursday and a peak in surf. We expect a lully sets in the waist to shoulder high range on Wednesday, filling in a bit more on Thursday and in the shoulder to head high range on sets. Stay tuned, we’ll continue to refine this over the next couple days. 

The storm that will create the swell for Friday and the weekend is roughly 24 hours from fully moving into the Cloudbreak swell window. Model guidance has been trending the size of the swell down a little bit over the last few updates, but it still looks fairly solid. 

Assuming the storm behaves as forecast in the next couple days, we’ll see surf in the head high to a few feet overhead range building through Friday and holding Saturday. Sets in the double overhead range are still possible. Sunday looks likely to see an easing trend, but overhead sets still look possible. Stay tuned, we’ll be able to refine this over the next couple days as we’re able to gather information on the storm. 

Into the longer range, model guidance continues to indicate that a good size SW to SSW swell will move in for early next week (Mon/Tue), which could be as big or possibly a little bigger than the weekend swell. It’s a good sign that we’ve seen this swell show pretty consistently on the models over the past 2-3 days, but will need to see the storm develop later this week before we can really assign concrete numbers. Stay tuned. 

Wind/Weather 
SE trades will rebuild Tuesday and continue Wednesday at moderate to fresh levels. Trades may ease on Thursday and could back off further on Friday as model guidance continues to indicate a trough could develop near Fiji. See the day by day breakdown above for further details. 

SSE wind may rebuild on Saturday, with moderate to fresh SE trades by Sunday and into early in the following week.  

Fiji Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Jay Davies (AUS)
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Ricardo Christie (NZL), Aca Ravulo (FJI) 
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Inia Nakalevu (FJI)
Heat 7: Gabirel Medina (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

 

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