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Sun, 4 June 2017

Californian Courtney Conlogue took the win over Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb at the Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro in heaving 6-8' barrels at Cloudbreak.

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SOLID: Tatiana Weston-Webb turns up a chunky Cloudbreak bomb. Photo WSL / Cestari

The final, which was "historically" held over to the first day of the men's event, saw the women go all out in high walls and heavy barrels in their seventh head-to-head matchup. Weston-Webb charged through the fast tubes, but was unable to find the exit to complete her scores. Conlogue ploughed through the lineup but got caught up in the lip trying to land extreme moves. The Californian kept fighting and landed big combinations in steep sections to take the win.

The men's event, the Outerknown Fiji Pro, and also the 5th stop on the 2017 WSL Championship Tour, followed. Number 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard Jordy Smith took down giant-killing Yago Dora from Brazil and Jack Freestone from Australia to advance directly to Round 3. Reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) navigated his way through chunky Cloudbreak barrels to win his matchup against event wildcard Tevita Gukilau (FJI) and CT veteran Josh Kerr (AUS).

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HEAD TO HEAD: Courtney Conlogue came out the victor. Photo WSL / Cestari

Owen Wright (AUS), current No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard, earned his place in Round 3 after taking down rookies Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW). Wright made a few attempts to fire out of the Cloudbreak barrels, but could not quite escape. He finally found his exit on his last attempt to score an excellent 8.50 and take the win.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), two-time event winner, won his Round 1 heat against Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and replacement surfer Nat Young (USA) in a close battle. The three goofy-footers showcased their forehand attacks in tricky conditions.

Michel Bourez (PYF) put on a clinic at Cloudbreak during Round 1 Heat 11 against Miguel Pupo (BRA) and Adrian Buchan (AUS). The Tahitian dominated the match-up with two near-perfect nine point rides for an 18.70 heat total, the highest of the day, and a pass directly to Round 3, including a crazy in-the-barrel leg dragging stall move to prolong a crazy 8ft tube ride.

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ON A TICKEY: Jordy Smith is really starting to look the real deal. Photo WSL / Sloane

The final heat of Round 1 saw 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA), three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), and CT veteran Bede Durbidge (AUS) do battle for an opportunity to skip through to the next round. Fanning gained control with a series of barrels and critical turns for an excellent 8.00 and 5.93. Slater, four-time event winner, locked into multiple tubes but without completion. With time running out for the surfers to challenge, Fanning was able to come away with the win.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 2015 WSL Champion, will join compatriot Medina after he edged through his heat against Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and injury replacement Bino Lopes (BRA) with a 10.83 combined score.

Frederico Morais (PRT) and Connor O’Leary (AUS) will represent the rookie class in Round 3 after winning their Round 1 heats. Morais successfully took down 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Brazilian threat Jadson Andre (BRA) in Heat 7 with two 5-point rides. O’Leary took the lead against fellow rookie Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) for his early win.

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BOUREZ BARREL: Michel Bourez was doing things that make the skin crawl. Photo WSL / Cestari

Italo Ferreira (BRA) will skip through to Round 3 after winning the opening heat of Round 1. Ferreira picked up right where he left off after missing the last three events with a solid two-wave combined score over current World No. 7 Kolohe Andino (USA) and rookie Joan Duru (FRA).

Andino was able to bounce out of dreaded elimination Round 2 by knocking out wildcard Gukilau in the first and only heat of the second round that was completed early today.

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WILD ONE: Matt Wilko was looking back to his flamboyant best. Photo WSL / Cestari

Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro Final Result
1 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 8.74
2 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 5.53

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro)
S1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,200
2 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 34,700
3 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 33,000
4 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 31,800
5 - Johanne Defay (FRA) 28,200

NOuterknown Fiji Men’s Pro Round 1 Results
HHeat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.43, Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.00, Joan Duru (FRA) 3.94
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.50, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.74, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 6.90
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.00, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.60, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 8.17
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.83, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 7.43, Bino Lopes (BRA) 3.30
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.16, Yago Dora (BRA) 9.43, Jack Freestone (AUS) 5.10
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 14.84, Tevita Gukilau (FJI) 10.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.33
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.44, Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.33, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8.60
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.00, Nat Young (USA) 7.43, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 5.63
Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.33, Conner Coffin (USA) 15.27, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 8.90
Heat 10: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.00, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.27, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.34
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 18.70, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 17.50, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.33
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.93, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.13, Kelly Slater (USA) 5.20

Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.50 def. Tevita Gukilau (FJI) 4.16

Upcoming Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro Round 2 Match-Ups
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 6: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)

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