Merry Christmas! Recharge Your Batteries For 2017
Well Christmas is nearly upon us and everyone is gearing up for the celebration and the chance to be with family and friends. For surfers it’s also a time to hopefully find some fun waves to wash away the dust of the year. It’s also time to reflect on what we have achieved in the year.
The Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) has had a successful year with new local competitions, international competitions, improved coaching standards and an increase in the number of our Boardriding Clubs. Our calendar for 2017 is looking very busy and quite exciting with some new programs.
As part of the World Championship tour we conducted the Fiji Pro trials in perfect 8’ Cloudbreak. Surfing was incredible and the eventual winner of the wildcard spot was Tevita Gukilau with Inia Nakalevu in reserve. A couple of other standouts were 18-year-old Jimmy Tomenu and the lone female surfer Hannah Bennett. The 2017 trials are promising to be just as hotly contested. Our sponsor Cloudbreak has re-confirmed for 2017.
There was the Powerade Junior Pro which attracted an international field of surfers to compete at Sigatoka Rivermouth. Some strong performances from several locals like Jimmy Tomenu in the boys and Filo Ann in the girls, 18 and unders. In the 16 and under boys John Vasea and Kalani Wakeham and in the girls Keisha Wakeham and Linieta Ralumi were stand outs. Powerade and Cloudbreak are back on board in March 2017 so keep watching for the entry forms.
To give the micro Grommets a chance to shine Rip Curl came on board to conduct the Rip Curl Micro Grommet series. With some surfers being only 6 through to 13 it was a brilliant display of surfing for Fiji for the future. Keisha Wakeham claimed all three divisions in the girls, u/14 u/12 and u/10’s, whilst John Vasea claimed the blue ribbon under 14 boys. Rip Curl and Jacks are back on board for 2017.
Hosting the World SUP and Paddle titles was a spectacle by itself with 26 countries and over 320 competitors. Everywhere you looked there was a different country flag and a crowd of smiling faces. Fiji finished 17th out of 26 so a good result. Our team is now planning more SUP events, starting with the Craig McElrath memorial in January, details below.
As you can see there was a host of international and national level competition and next year is looking just as promising. There will also be a return of the popular Come’N’Try day and the Girls Go Surfing days. Coaching courses and high performance training.
So have a great Christmas, recharge your batteries and get ready for another busy year in 2017.
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