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The Volcom Fiji Pro was… well, it was something else. As far as contests go, you really couldn’t ask for much more. Maybe just to be a goofy-footer. The world’s finest got a crack at one of the world’s finest lefts, and then Friday came, and most of them didn’t want a piece anymore or were undergunned or wanted a piece but the contest was called off or…whatever. So the big-wave calvary had at it — and they made us gasp. They made us cheer. That Friday took surfing to another level. The contest wrapped in epic Restaurants/Cloudbreak the following two days and, quite deservedly, you know who won. But who’re we kidding, surfing’s collective final was that Friday, and the man with the highest wave count that day was Kohl Christensen.

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  • The Volcom fiji Pro was well, it was something else. as far as contests go, you really couldnt ask for much more. Maybe just to be a goofy-footer. The worlds finest got a crack at one of the worlds finest lefts, and then friday came, and most of them didnt want a piece anymore or were undergunned or wanted a piece but the contest was called off orwhatever. So the big-wave calvary had at it and they made us gasp. They made us cheer. That friday took surfing to another level. The contest wrapped in epic restaurants/Cloudbreak the following two days and, quite deservedly, you know who won. but whore we kidding, surfings collective final was that friday, and the man with the highest wave count that day was Kohl Christensen. heres what he had to say:

    a n d t h e n t h e r e w a s F r i d a y

    photography by

    STu GibSon unless noted

  • KOHL: We always have a choice to make. How we make it depends on the information we gather, what our peers may be doing, but ultimately, it comes down to ourselves. The crew that showed up to Fiji for the big swell showed up because they wanted to get the best barrels of their lives. Many of them did. Some were guys that missed last years opportunity and would rather step in front of a bus than have to see those ridiculous photos again. Ramon [Navarro] was one of them, so was Twiggy [Baker]. Both those guys traveled across the planet

    last minute to make it and it paid off. Fiji delivered and they got

    the waves of their lives. So did all of us. We got to feel it, breathe it, be there and witness some of the best paddle-in tube riding in the history of our sport. Reef [McIntosh], Ian [Walsh] and [Dave] Wassel muscled through cartoon-sized dream waves backhand. [Mark] Healey and Nate [Fletcher] pumped big boards through sections that looked like impossible closeouts. Those guys are veterans, theyve had a stab at it before and took that experience to the next level.

    And it was next level. But whats next? Have we peaked? Is that it? Is that all the worlds gonna give? But there were a couple of waves that came through unridden. And those waves will be ridden. How? Shit, I dont know. Ask Healey. But all I know is if you would have showed the world any one of these photos from that day four years ago, they would have told you to piss off. They would have told you, theres no frickin way he paddled that. But he did.

    a n d t h e n t h e r e w a s F r i d a y

  • editorial

    Editor-in-Chief Taylor Paul

    Managing Editor bEau FlEMisTEr

    assistant Editor naTE ZollEr

    Photo Editor PETEr Taras

    associate Photo Editor jiMMy wilson

    art Director ChaTo aganZa

    associate art Director noa EMbErson

    online Editor jason MillEr

    Photography by sTu gibson

    anDrEw ChrisTiE

    DErEk DunFEE

    on ThE CovEr

    rEEF MCinTosh. PhoTo: sTu gibson

    linEuP PhoTos by DErEk DunFEE

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  • Chapter 1

    TheConTeST

    Chapter 2

    and Then There WaS friday

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  • The ConTeSTdrink that Kava, gentlemen. youll need the liquid courage in the days to come.

    chapter 1

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  • The ConTeST

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  • look familiar? Mick fanning, posing for a shot that never gets old.

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  • Cloudbreak: the contest site for sore eyes.

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  • Jordy Smith, one hand in his pocket and the other on the rail.

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  • Gabriel Medina, showing the critics how he surfs real waves.

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  • John John.the abominable admirable snowman.

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  • said Mitch Coleborn, referring to his wildcard spot in the WT event. he beat Slater and got a 9.27 in his first heat. So...makes sense.

    i feel like this is where i want to be,

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  • i feel like this is where i want to be,

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  • C J h o b g o o d

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  • d a m i e n h o b g o o d ,

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  • r e s t a u r a n t s .

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  • tell me that wasnt heaven sent. Kelly SlaTer

    in the round 4 no-loser round, words were exchanged between CJ hobgood and adriano de Souza after adriano spent the heat jostling CJ and Julian Wilson. in their Quarter final rematch CJ got his revenge, posting a 9.97 on this wave with just a couple minutes left. Said Kelly Slater about this wave, grinning, Tell me that wasnt heaven sent.

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  • Micks stoke.Johns stroke.

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  • yadins broke.Micks stoke.

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  • Cloudbreaks thiner, hotter younger sister: restaurants.

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  • a d a m M e l l i n g

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  • Pat Gudauskas went for it in both his heats and on the big day. he has the scars to prove it.

    lookin tough in a short-john impossible. Mick tries anyway.

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  • Travis logie, ejecting.

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  • everyones a critic these days,

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  • said Kelly Slater. We called it off yesterday and the waves pumped today. lets celebrate that instead. Slater, dragging through the semis and on the verge of celebration.

    everyones a critic these days,

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  • Course he did. Kelly, Kalani and the Tavarua cheerleading squad.

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  • no worries Gabs, you cant get him every time.

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  • breathe...

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  • breathe...

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  • and Then There WaS fridaychapter 2

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  • raise your hand if you just saw the best three waves of your life.

    and Then There WaS friday

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  • w a v e

    ThaTS MarK healey oVer There in red (deePeST, obViouSly). and ThiS iS The biGGeST SeT ThaT rolled ThrouGh ThaT day.

    healey: i knew i wasnt going to make it. i was just hoping id have a fighting chance. i was already tired from getting pounded all day, and i wasnt excited about getting caught by a 25-footer. Waves like that draw a lot of water off the reef, so youre just trying to paddle to keep momentum with the water, trying not to get sucked into it.

    1st

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  • shit.

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  • healey: i didnt have a pull-pin leash, i had to scale. i had 3 more strokes before i went under so i had to sync my left hand to pull my leash at the same time. luckily, i got it off. but i still almost got pulled over...

    w a v e

    2nd

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  • ohhhh shit...

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  • 3rd

    healey: ...i took a look to the left as i dove under the pit and it was the most ridiculous view id ever seen. i had the best seat in the house for that one.

    w a v e

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  • holy f--Kinshit!

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  • Photo: Derek Dunfee

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  • Kohl Christensen said that the biggest waves unridden that day the ones nobody wanted a part of will eventually be ridden by some Maui grom. ian Walsh, solidifying Kohls prediction.

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  • s h a k a - a n d - a w e .

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  • ian Walsh,

    s h a k a - a n d - a w e .

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  • Photo: Derek Dunfee

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  • a few WT surfers accept the challenge

    s h i r t sv s .

    s K i n s

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  • When another swell comes again, i think everyone is going to be that much more prepared and ready to catch one of those waves, said damien hobgood. its possible to get one of the longest barrels of your life out there. So hopefully it

    happens again sometime soon.

    damien, ill-prepared but going anyway.

    Photo: andrew Christie

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  • ummm, so how much time we got left?

    adam Melling

    Contest on

    friday, June 8th | 11:15 aM

    friday, June 8th | 12:25 PM

    Contest off

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  • bede durbidge

    Want this one? nah, its yours!Good sports, those two.

    adam Melling

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  • Mickace

    yadin

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  • wt donUts

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  • The drop was in the middle of the session, when the swell really started pulsing, said Pat Gudauskas. i was on one of danes boards that was a little shorter it was a 67 because i broke the 86 in the morning. This wave picked me up and i was like, its on. i couldnt see much so it was all instinct. i was just free falling, trying to touch down, and luckily i landed on my fins and was able to come down straight. i was in a classic Waimea stance. That was the most violent beating ive ever had, for sure. Pat Gudang on what Slaters calling one of the best drops in history.

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  • We should have run, said Joel Parkinson, after the contest had been officially called off for the day. We looked like pussies. The first thing im doing when i get home is ordering an 88 quad.

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  • W e

    l o o K e d

    l i K e

    P u S S i e S

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  • Parko not a pussy.

    ace buchan not a pussy.

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  • definitely not a pussy.

    CJ hobgood

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  • Slater, thinkin about it.

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  • Sure ya dont want just one? ian Walsh and Kelly Slater.

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  • c l e a n U p

    everyone would have gone out there and done their best. Someone just might have drowned, thats all. Kelly Slater

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  • c l e a n U p

    We need 90s and vests Taj burrow

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  • i joked that it was nice of the big wave crew to fly in from around the world to lend the Tour boys their boards,

    said australian surfing life editor Chris binns. little did i realize that Kala alexander was standing right behind me and goes, lend!?...rent! he s