Four surfers have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro. The non-elimination round at Cloudbreak brought a few surprises, but Matt Wilkinson played a smart game in a tricky heat against Julian Wilson and Ian Gouveia. It’s clear he wants the yellow jersey. “I’ve just been free surfing and keeping busy on those lay days, but stoked to get it back on and get some fun waves. Before last year, I’d never really had a big result here. To get to that final last year was a pretty good confidence boost for me for this year,” explained Wilkinson.
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Round 4 completed at Cloudbreak
David Flide is a British surfer and a longtime fan of the Maldives. However, his eighth trip to the archipelago was not a dream come true. This is his story on paying premium fees for surfing in paradise. “We tried to return to Lohis for the eighth time and enquired for the first two weeks of October. We found a really good price that matched their 3-star offering as a resort – £4,400 ($5,680) for two adults, and one baby for 14 nights.” “Last year, we had an awesome time, although the waves only existed for four of our 16 nights. But hey, that’s surfing.”
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Paying for surf: has the Maldives gone too far?
Gabriel Medina has been knocked out of the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro in Round 3. The world’s best wave riders continue to shine in the blue barrels of Cloudbreak. The iconic left-hand break delivered perfect six-to-eight foot cylinders, as the athletes fought for a place in Round 3 and 4. Italo Ferreira took down Medina and put the former world champion in a surprising position in the overall rankings. Gabriel is 10th and will not climb the leaderboard with this result.
An Australian artificial wave firm has teamed up with Mark Occhilupo to conquer the surf pool industry. Will Surf Lakes really stun the world? The race for the golden wave is on. The number of players seems to have increased in the last decade but, until now, only Wavegarden managed to open a couple of structures. After unveiling his magical formula in December 2015, Kelly Slater sold his surf pool company to World Surf League (WSL), and only friends were allowed to experience it.
Adriano de Souza conquered the 2017 Oi Rio Pro, in Saquarema, Brasil. The Brazilian surfer defeated Adrian Buchan in a nail-biting final held in front of a large crowd of fans. The six-to-eight foot waves on offer at Itaúna delivered the perfect conditions for a tactical battle. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here, but I’m so happy to win here in front of this crowd,” expressed an emotional De Souza, who hadn’t won a Championship Tour event since the 2015 Pipe Masters.
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Adriano de Souza wins the 2017 Oi Rio Pro