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News provided by ASP World Tour on 29 May 2006

It was a stop start affair today at the Globe WCT Fiji, as competitors and organisers awaited the arrival of a predicted swell, which did begin to pulse, but not consistently enough to create an even playing field for the surfers competing in the man on man heats.

Organisers had no option but to put the main event on hold until tomorrow morning where they will look to send out competitors in round four at around 7am local time and will aim to run right through to the final.

Round four heats include:

Heat 1: Troy Brooks (AUS) versus Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 2: Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) versus Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 3: Tim Reyes (USA) versus Nathan Hedge (AUS)
Heat 4: Trent Munro (AUS) versus Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) versus Danny Wills (AUS)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) versus CJ Hobgood (USA)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) versus Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) versus Shaun Cansdell (AUS)

Held in place of the Globe WCT Fiji today at Cloudbreak was the Foster’s Expression Session.

The sessions, which give competitors on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour a chance to experiment and go for big futuristic aerial manoeuvres without being penalised for falling, is held at every tour stop with cash prizes up for grabs in categories including best overall wave and best manoeuvre.

In today’s 30-minute session, CJ Hobgood (USA) took out best manoeuvre when he defied gravity by executing a huge aerial directly over the extremely shallow reef.

“The wind was light onshore out there so I took off and did a big “wild man” and it looked like I was going to land in the flats but the landing ended up being cushioned so it was okay,” said Hobgood. “I then saw Mick Fanning (AUS) so I ran right over him (laughs). It was fun out there. We’ve all been on the island for a while now and we tried not to be too serious. But the main event will be serious!”

The best overall wave was taken out by Taj Burrow (AUS) when he executed a series of solid backside turns on one of the biggest wave’s of the afternoon, which came in at around the two metre (six foot) mark.

“A fair chunk of this will have to go on the bar tab for sure,” said Burrow. “In fact there could be a night on me! The Foster’s Expression Sessions are a lot more relaxing. They are probably one of my favourite things because I can go out there and just try to do big airs and new turns. I was trying to go for the air because there were plenty of ramps but I won on some big turns. It was tough one and everyone was flaring up out there.”


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