FIJIAN THUNDER - The world's best surfers take on massive Cloudbreak - There weren’t a lot of Tour guys out this day, but Mick, Parko, CJ, and Damien were charging—those guys are fearless. This is one of Mick Fanning’s first waves of the day, and he was just a little bit behind the section.
FIJIAN THUNDER - The world's best surfers take on massive Cloudbreak - This is Kalani Chapman kicking out over the Shish Kebab section. These guys are riding such big boards, and they’re going so fast that sometimes the only way to kick out of a wave is to kick way out, which is what Kalani’s doing here.
FIJIAN THUNDER - The world's best surfers take on massive Cloudbreak - They were worried that wind was going to increase and make it more difficult to surf. You can kind of see it here on Mark Healey’s wave. It has that side-chatter, but these guys live for this kind of day. These days are the reason that they spend so much time staring at swell charts.
FIJIAN THUNDER - The world's best surfers take on massive Cloudbreak - This is Nathan Fletcher, around mid-morning, still before they started running heats. Originally they said that they were going to have a one-hour hold on the contest after Kai Otton and Raoni Monteiro’s heat, so all the big-wave guys jumped into the water thinking that they would only have a small window. It turned out that they would have the rest of the day and a lot more waves.