Time to start uploading some of the photos that the photographer took in Fiji.
This is the best sequence. Taken on Tuesday (day 3) at Cloudbreak. Believe it or not, I didn't even see that barrel. All I remember is that it was getting steep and I felt the urge to stay as low as possible, before jumping in the water (you can see my hand in the water in the last shot).
I'm definitely NOT a barrel rider (yet). My strategy usually is to try to escape the barrel and look for an open face where to throw some turns. Must have failed on that one...
Here's a link to an article in which you can see some of the photos that the same photographer (Stu Gibson) took on that big Friday at Cloudbreak. Just let the slideshow roll.
And now I'm going to try to catch the remaining of that big swell in Lahaina... better don't have any expectations at all!