The Doherty Report: The Pest Rankings – Paradise fever, hand-to-hand-combat, foul pits, and more from the Fiji Pro

The Doherty Report: The Pest Rankings – Paradise fever, hand-to-hand-combat, foul pits, and more from the Fiji Pro

All he would say about his trip was that, “I’m buying leather pants and going to hell! ” The collective departures of Mick and Kelly from the contest draw – along with pretty much everyone else in the top 10 and every Cloudbreak specialist – has created a vacuum in the draw that we began to fill yesterday.

As we left our heroes – Kelly and Mick – they were in the bar on Namotu, neck deep in tropical liquor, drowning their sorrows after being bounced from the contest.

So much was made of Wilko’s backhand in his breakout season last year, but his forehand yesterday was, as he described it to me later, “Fucking excellent. ” The judges didn’t agree, gave him a seven-something, but yesterday morning we saw the style of surfing that’s going to win this contest.

As we sit here contemplating what to do on a Wednesday afternoon in paradise, Glen Hall walks past, fresh off a top five finish in the Pest Rankings and fresh off the boat from Cloudbreak, proclaiming, “That’s dead-set the best Cloudbreak has been all event. I give up.

Kelly had been itching all night to get into a little playful scrap and the two champions began to spar, much to the amusement of the room. Mick head-locked Kelly.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

The Doherty Report: The Pest Rankings   Paradise fever, hand to hand combat, foul pits, and more from the Fiji Pro surf photo  The Doherty Report: The Pest Rankings   Paradise fever, hand to hand combat, foul pits, and more from the Fiji Pro surf photo  The Doherty Report: The Pest Rankings   Paradise fever, hand to hand combat, foul pits, and more from the Fiji Pro surf photo

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