"Those were the biggest most perfect waves I’ve ever surfed," Bede Durbidge said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking being first up. We were on and then off and then on again. You have to be prepared to go".
"I think everyone on tour is more than capable of handling Cloudbreak as big as it gets, we just have to pick our window with the wind. Mello (Adam Melling) was charging out there too so tough luck to him but I’m pumped to get some bombs and get through to Round 3."
The Volcom Fiji Pro completed the remaining two heats of Round 2 in pumping 12-to-15 foot (4–5 metre) waves at Cloudbreak, before calling competition off for the day.
Durbidge survived a hard-fought battle with compatriot Adam Melling, in the opening heat of the day. Durbidge showcased an impressive command of the conditions, netting a 15.43 out of a possible 20 en route to his Round 2 win.