The Fiji Pro is an annual surfing contest sponsored by Samsung. This year’s event marks the 5th stop in Samsung’s Galaxy Championship Tour. Mimicking last year’s location in Namotu, Tavarua, Fiji, 2015 is no different. Although once sponsored by Volcom, Samsung has sponsored this surfer’s paradise the last 2 years – showcasing riders from across the globe.
Background on Fiji’s Tavarua Island:
A 24-acre island that provides more-than-decent surf, thanks to the meteorological activity in the South Pacific. Cloudbreaks, Restaurants and Tavarua Rights are the primary spots to sample the optimal surfing breaks.
The 2014 Fiji Pro final saw a Brazil vs. United States battle. As Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Nat Young (USA) paddled through calm waves, Medina took note of Young’s 8.17 score and raised a 9.87 a heat later. At the end of the day, Medina left Fiji with a trophy with a final score of 18.40 to Young’s 14.77.
A native of Brazil, Filipe Toledo’s coming off gnarly performances at Oakley’s Lowers Pro and the Oi Rio Pro. He’ll start his day in heat 4 in the red jersey surfing against Australian Adrian Buchan and American Dane Reynolds.
Neatly tucked in – and a part of debatably the most talented heat in round 1 – sits Brazilian competitor, Gabriel Medina. With a stature of 5’11 and career earnings summing to a chill $1.2 million, Medina is Brazil’s poster child for surfing. But don’t let his highest occupation of 5th place in Samsung’s Championship Tour fool you. He mastered the Associate of Surfing Professional’s (ASP) Tour, filing wins in Gold Coast, Australia and Teahupoo.
Men’s 2015 Fiji Pro Roster:
USA – Kelly Slater, Nat Young, Kolohe Andino, Dane Reynolds, C.J. Hobgood
AUS – Adam Melling, Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Bede Durbidge, Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, Josh Kerr, Jay Davies, Adrian Buchan, Kai Otton
HAW – Dusty Payne, Sebastien Zietz, Keanu Asing, Freddy Patacchia
BRA – Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Adriano de Souza, Alejo Muniz, Wiggolly Dantas, Italo, Ferreira, Jason Andre, Miguel Pupo
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Surfer Magazine