Peter 'Joli' Wilson has witnessed all eight perfect heats in WSL history
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 June, 2015 - Bula from Fiji, What an event!! I watched surfing history being made from a front row seat.I’m still rocking from the 12 hour plus days in the boat. It was incredible to watch it all go down live with Owen Wright so completely in sync with the ocean finding barrel after barrel to rack up amazing scores. On the evening of the second last day when it was announced Owen’s 20 point heat was only one of seven in the history of Pro Surfing I worked out I’d seen all seven.
When Owen backed it up with another Perfect 20 heat score in the final I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but our Namotu boat driver, Ulai, had us right in the spot and I’d got the shots. Two perfect heat scores in two days by the same surfer had never been done before. It’s now two days later and the buzz about what he did has still got the crew left in Fiji shaking their heads.
I think it was Julian Wilson ( who finished runner up to Owen), that said the Semi Finals were like a Pro Junior Finals with Jeremy Flores and Owen still left in the event. When I hear a quote like that combined with the results of the Brazilian surfers this year then I think that there is change in the order of pro surfing.
I’ve been loading images up to this Gallery and will have more by the time I’m finished. There are images from the free surf sessions plus the Fiji Pro and lifestyle from around the comp.