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“I’ve wanted to go there for years, but that was my first trip to Fiji,” re­calls Harry Bryant, a funlov­ing, bowl-cut-sport­ing goofy from Queens­land’s Sun­shine Coast. “I was just hang­ing around when this swell popped up on the charts so I pulled the trig­ger. It seemed like all the Pros were busy with the Aussie leg, so I was also hop­ing it would be un­crowded. When we ar­rived, there was hardly any­one there and it pumped all week. I’ve of­fi­cially fallen in love with Fiji. She left such a good taste in my mouth.” An­other who had spot­ted the im­pend­ing tube-fest was Aussie pho­tog, Rod Owen, who man­aged to get him­self onto the Is­land in time to doc­u­ment this ses­sion. Rod is no stranger to Fiji and has been on hand for some of the biggest and best swells over the last decade, but even he was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to re­mem­ber a day that ri­valled this one for pure per­fec­tion. “It was the first real swell of the Fiji sea­son,” re­calls Rod. “But it was one of the best and clean­est swells I’ve seen in years! Six-to-ten feet with not a breath of wind and a per­fect swell direc­tion.” When quizzed about this im­age, Rod ad­mits that Harry had the magic touch on this day. “It seemed like af­ter ev­ery wave he caught, he would get back into the lineup and an­other crazy one would go straight to him.”

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