TAVARUA - The Fiji Women's Pro, Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour, has attracted the world's best female surfers to the world-class waves of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the recommencement of this season's battle for the world surfing crown.
The event started yesterday with solid swell projected by official forecaster Surfline.
Starting relatively small, but contestable, yesterday and into this morning with light wind and beautiful weather. A larger series of South West swells are set to build this afternoon through to Wednesday afternoon.
The ASP Top 17, led by current World No. 1 Carissa Moore, are preparing to compete on reef passes of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the first time in seven years.
"We're so fortunate to be able to come to Fiji this season and we can't thank the local community and the ASP enough," Moore said.
"The forecast looks pretty incredible," Stephanie Gilmore, five-time ASP women's world champion, added. "There's an electricity in the air and all the girls are so excited to get into some solid surf."
Event wildcard Ella Williams and replacement surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb will join the ASP Top 17 as they showcase their talents on the world-class Fijian reef breaks of Cloudbreak and Restaurants for the fifth stop on this season's dream tour.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Fiji Women's Pro, have called for the following:
Starting fairly small, but contestable, yesterday before growing a bit into today with light wind and beautiful weather. A larger series of SW swells will build tomorrow and Wednesday: strong surf prevails tomorrow with even larger and solid surf looking more and more likely for Wednesday, as SE/ESE trades also build. The surf will slowly taper off on Thursday with smaller surf by Friday.
Fiji Women's Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Ella Williams (NZL)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Malia Manuel (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)