Mitch Coleborn, 26, earned the first perfect 10 point ride of competition. Coleborn locked into a flawless wave seconds after the start of his heat and drove through two heaving barrel sections to earn the score. He backed up the ride with an 9.33, taking the day’s high heat total of 19.33 out of 20.
“I’m feeling in good rhythm and trying to keep momentum going after my win last week in Brazil,” Coleborn said. “My first wave was a 10 and I don’t know what to say, I’m stoked. Hopefully I can keep it going in round three.”
Coleborn bested ASP number one Adriano de Souza, 26, and Alejo Muniz, 23, to make his way to round three.
While Heitor Alves, 31, drove through two deep left-hand barrels, notching a near-perfect 9.80 and 8.83 for his efforts to advance to round three.
“I’m so happy because I was in Brazil and got the invite just before the event, so it’s a dream for me,” Alves said.
Fred Patacchia, 31, marked his return to competition following a serious ankle injury with a convincing round one win. Patacchia effortlessly navigated the line-up while threading pristine forehand barrels relegating current ASP number two Jordy Smith, 25, and fellow Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz, 25, to round two.
“This is a great event to come back to,” Patacchia said. “My ankle is feeling decent. I’ve got it wrapped and braced and was looking for barrels out there because my turns aren’t really where I want them to be right now. I’m stoked to get the win.”
Kelly Slater was a notable absentee from round one today as he opted to remain in Florida for the birth of his nephew, but is expected to compete in round two.
VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 15.20, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.50, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.00
Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.06, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 6.67, Taj Burrow (AUS) 4.90
Heat 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 18.63, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.33, Joel Parkinson (AUS) ns
Heat 4: Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 19.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 6.60, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5.77
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.47, Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.23, Alex Grey (AUS) 6.23
Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.00, Aca Lalabalavu (FIJ) 8.50, Kelly Slater (USA) ns
Heat 7: Kai Otton (AUS) 17.43, Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.36, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.96
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.57, Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.60
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.66, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.36, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.27
Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.34, Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.67, Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.63