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Tavarua & Namotu Islands, Fiji – World #8 Michael Lowe of Australia defeated American Shea Lopez Friday to win the final of the Quiksilver Pro Fiji.
Kaua’i’s Andy Irons fell to Australia’s Troy Brooks (Aus) in the third round. Sunny Garcia beat Shane Dorian to move on to the fourth round, but was then ousted by Australian Danny Wills.
The US$250,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) commenced Friday morning with three Floridians in contention, but it was the lone Australian who received a huge ratings boost, as well as the US$30,000 first place prizemoney.
Competition began at ‘Cloudbreak’ in solid 8-10 ft (2.5-3m) surf, with only the first semifinal decided before organizers were forced to place the tournament on hold. The higher tide and difficult conditions led competitors to push for a change of venue, and after lengthy evaluation, it was agreed to move back to the famed left-handers of ‘Restaurants’. Perfect 4-6ft (1.5-2m) waves then showcased the second semifinal, as well as the grand finale.
Lowe, who had earlier today posted the highest three-wave total of the entire tournament for 25.5-points against Cory Lopez, went on to better this in the final against older brother Shea for a 25.7 tally. Having opening his account with an 8.0, he continued to amaze onlookers with his lighting fast re-entries and critical maneuvers.
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