The Volcom Fiji Pro created a media firestorm when they called off the contest because the surf was to big and dangerous. I take that back, it wasn't a media firestorm cause the major surf magazines could care less; they get pictures and stories either way.
But everyday surfers took to social media to express their opinions and rightfully so. The ASP World Tour is comprised of the best surfers in the world. And if this swell was considered to dangerous then surely they should cancel the Billabong Pipeline Masters along with the Billabong Pro Teahupoo.
I realize these waves were big and dangerous. But you can also get hurt attempting an aerial on a perfect wave in France or Brazil. We might as well hold all 10 contests at Lower Trestles to keep the surfers "Safe".
Instead of running the contest in absolutely stellar conditions, Volcom opted to put the contest on hold to allow free surfers to take to the lineup. It's their choice, but I think it was a mistake and a step in the wrong direction for the ASP World Tour as a whole.