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Globe Pro Fiji Likely to Begin Sunday

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Cloudbreak, Globe Pro FijiWhile the lack of swell in the opening days of the Billabong Pro Tahiti provided an opportunity for a lot of the guys on tour to enjoy all that Tahiti has to offer and then some, it also made it a bit more challenging to be ready for action once the waves arrived. With the Globe Pro Fiji getting set to kick-off its holding period this Sunday, it’s looks looking very likely the ‘CT surfers won’t have to worry about any rust setting in from multiple waiting days.

According to the official Globe Pro Fiji forecasters at WaveWatch, conditions are expected to be in the double overhead and higher range through the weekend. “I spoke to the Globe crew who are preparing everything for a likely Day 1 start in Fiji,” Contest Director Steve Roberts said.

For the second straight event Damien Hobgood will be the defending champion. He won here in 2006 (the Globe Pro Fiji wasn’t held in 2007) and feels healed enough from his pounding at Teahupoo to defend his crown. “It was really hard not surfing Tahiti but I know it was the right decision if I wanted to be able to surf Fiji and the rest of the year,” Hobgood said.

With the top 5 surfers all bowing out very early at ‘Chopes you can be sure to look for all of them to come out firing in the open rounds. Andy Irons has quietly crept up to 4th in the standings and has yet to be in top form. Top rookie, Dane Reynolds is has moved into the top 10 and will have a real opportunity at Restaurants and Cloudbreak to climb the standings even more. All in all, it’s looking like the Globe Pro Fiji is setting up to be one hell of an event.

Remember, the action is most likely going to begin Sunday so be ready to check out the webcast.

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Damien Hobgood Injured at Teahupoo

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

damien hobgood teahupooLooks like Teahupoo strikes again, and this time it laid a licking on one of the Dream Tour’s finest.

According to Transworld SURF’s Senior Photographer, Tim Jones, Damien Hobgood got sucked backwards over the falls on an eight-footer at Teahupoo. Apparently someone had called him off the wave, so Hobgood pulled back, but still got slammed onto the reef. Though he is in stable condition, he did sustain a serious concussion, along with a chewed up shoulder and back. Initial guesses have him out of the water at least six-eight weeks.

This will more than likely keep him out of next months Billabong Pro, which of course will be held at ‘Chopes. This is doubly sad considering he won the event last year and we’d all love to see him defend his title. After taking a pounding like that at a break that is as heavy and deadly as any in the world, I’m guessing that is the least of Damien’s concerns right now. The fact that more guys aren’t laid up by this Tahitian fire-breather is a testament to the talent and skill possessed by those who are constantly charging such an unbelievable wave.

We wish Damien Hobgood all the best and look forward to seeing him back in the water once he is recovered.

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