From Grommets To World Class Surfers
Last weekend was an awesome sight, 50 super keen grommet surfers, five large sleek boats, sunshine, light wind and surf. That’s what greeted the final day of the Rip Curl Micro Grommet series at Swimming Pools.
In near perfect grommet conditions the young surfers showed a good level of skills and managed to score some high points for their surfing. The Under-14 boys’ event was won by John Vasea ahead of Ulaiasi Tukuna while Jone Sabasobo came in third. In the U12 boys Samuela Navuso took the title ahead of Saimoni Vakanusaba Jnr and Johnathon Hartley was third. Calama McKellar took out the U10 boys with Julius Campbell being second.
In the girls Kiesha Wakeham claimed the U14, U12 and U10 competitions. An excellent surfing performance. Kayla Wakeham was second in the U14, Doris Round came second in the U12 and so was Havana Kurop in the U10.
Linieta Raluni was given a new surfboard by Vatuvara Island as an encouragement award to keep her stoked on surfing. To all the sponsors, Rip Curl, Jack’s, Fiji Surfing Co, Bank South Pacific, McDonald’s and Vatuvara thank you very much for your support of Fiji Surfing development.
Yesterday was the opening of the ISA World Stand Up Paddle (SUP) titles. The event goes all week with presentations planned for next Sunday, November 20. Competitors have come from all over the world, Mexico, Sweden, France and Hawaii to name a few. Fiji has a strong team who have been training hard to ensure their best results. Tony Philip, Bruce Climo and Egi Dodd have been in charge of the training and I think their efforts will be seen during the week-long event.
They’ll be contesting different disciplines like surfing, technical, marathon, prone and team. Competition is out at Cloudbreak and surrounds so if you’ve got a chance hitch a ride out to Cloudbreak and watch the world’s best SUP riders.