Down Time At The Globe Pro Fiji

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DAY 324: Well surf fans, the wait for waves is nearly over and officials are confidently predicitng a resumption of competition tomorrow morning, Monday, with a fresh six-foot south swell at Cloudbreak. Forecasters have been tracking the long period swell on its painstakingly slow progress from down below Tasmania and are convinced we’ll have a 7 am or 9 am start tomorrow, with round four. Depending on the outlook, we’ll either have two half-days of competition, or one full day to crown our Globe Pro Fiji champion tomorrow afternoon.So, what have the world’s elite pro surfers been up to during the long wait for waves? Well, if you had to sum it up in a word that word would be ‘fishing’. Joel Parkinson is leading the tally with some 230 pounds of fresh fish hauled out of the South Pacific over the past week – four yellow fin tuna, three wahoo, one dogtooth tuna, and two trevally. “I want to get to {{{300}}} pounds by the time I leave. I should be able to get to 300” a quietly confident Parko declared this morning. If this event was an aggregate surfing and fishing competition, he would already have an unassailable lead. We have been gorging on fresh sashimi and tuna steaks here at Namotu, and management reckons 3000 pounds of fish has been caught here in the past three weeks.Other than that, the karaoke has been copping a pounding, with the microphone rarely leaving the clawed grasp of karaoke king Mark Occhilupo. Occy came close to achieving some kind of personal nirvana recently when he managed to fish from the bar, rod in one hand, cocktail in the other, while watching the football.Round four presents some intriguing match ups and if Cloubreak is the predicted six feet, and I were a betting man, I wouldn’t mind getting odds on a Bobby Martinez and Joel Parkinson final. Mick Fanning, the Hobgoods, young Aussie Ace Buchan and of course Kelly have also been impressive. Time will tell. Stay tuned …