Andy Irons is one of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ top 10 surfers set to compete in this weekend’s Globe Pro Fiji. The three-time world champion has yet to come up with a win this season, finishing in fifth place in the previous three competitions so far this tour. But Irons is still ranked No. 4.
Irons is the only Hawai‘i surfer in the top 10 and sits on the ASP ratings behind top-ranked Kelly Slater, and Aussies Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge. All of three of them are also expected to compete this weekend.
Slater, who has maintained his ratings lead throughout the season, surfed the only perfect 20 out of 20 heat in the 2005 Globe Pro Fiji final at Restaurants. His opponent C.J. Hobgood dislocated his shoulder during the heat.
Shoulder injuries seem to run in the family as Hobgood’s twin brother, Damien, the Globe’s reigning champion, pulled out of the last competition because of one. Better now, he is also set to compete.
The waiting period officially begins on Saturday.