At the Volcom Fiji Pro in 2012 a huge swell hit Fiji Dubbed the Megaswell.
Volcom tried to run a few heats that morning but called the event off for the day after Rioni Monterio tore his knee apart exiting from a barrel in his heat with Kai Otton. History had been made by running a World Tour event in the biggest waves of WSL competitive history but it was to difficult to run heats and guarantee the surfers safety.
Some of the worlds best big wave surfers like Grant Twiggy Baker, Kala Alexander, Ian Walsh, Makua Rothman, Ramon Navarro, Dave Wassel and a few others were there to have a go at the huge swell hoping for the event to be run at Restaurants which is a more protected wave on Tavarua.
They surfed along side most of the World Tour surfers Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Damien Hobgood, Pat Gadauskas and his brothers. to name a few.
Fiji Mega Swell from Andrew Christie on Vimeo.
Waves bigger than the tower.
Bottom left: There was a big storm the night before destroying a tent
Top left: Gudauskas Bros and Damien Hobgood
Top right: Looking back to the mainland.
Bottom right: film crew having a tough time getting to the tower. With a really high tide and big waves hitting the landing it was really dangerous.
Raoni Monteiro one of the only heats of the day. Rioni ended up blowing his knee out on this wave.
Kai Otton on the next wave same heat on a borrowed board.
Ramon Navarro, standout
Mick on a borrowed board.
Big day for all the film & Photographers. I have never shot so much in one day!Spectators
Pat Gudauskas late drop of the day
Ramon on the deepest barrel and having Mick Fanning claim it!
Cover shot, Mark Healy's 9'6" in the lip of the wave for scale.
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