Hanalei’s Andy Irons showed glimpses of brilliance in his third round win over Peter Media, but he didn’t get the opportunity to really push the limits.
“I’m just stoked to make it,” Irons said. “Peter is a really good surfer and I had to make sure I was smart and get the better waves.”
Tomorrow (surf permitting), Irons will battle Trent Munro in fourth round action of the Globe WCT Fiji.
“Being one of the top seeds, you come up against wildcards who are unknown so now I’m going to come up against Trent and I know a bit more about him,” Irons said. “I’ve surfed with him a lot and I think I know what I need to do. If it’s about three to four feet here, that’s when he’s at his most dangerous. He’s won the Maldives in similar conditions, so I’ll have to be on my toes. I’m hoping there’s some bigger barrels for that heat.”
Organizers of the Globe WCT Fiji have yet again been forced to call a lay day for the fourth event on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour.
While small waves pulsrd around the island of Tavarua, the forecast from www.surfline.com indicates a new swell will be arriving tomorrow or Tuesday, and organizers are confident that the event will be completed in more quality waves.
Officials hope the forecasted swell will come in at around four feet-plus, and the perfect wave, known as “Cloudbreak,” will spring back to life.
There are only 16 surfers remaining in the fourth draws, including 11 Australians, four from the Mainland and Hanalei’s Irons.
Organizers will only need one full day to crown the victor but there is some talk that the event will be split over two days to take advantage of the best tidal conditions.
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