Surfers Prepare For Junior Pro
The Powerade Junior Pro presented by Cloudbreak is set from March 25-27 and the local surfers have been training hard, says Fiji surfing head coach Ian Portingale.
In the Under- 19 division, Coral Coast surfer Jimmy Tuitavuki, placed third last year, has performed well in several open competitions recently and is expected to again make the finals.
In the U16 boys division Sigatoka surfers John Vasea and Kalani Wakeham have been training hard after a strong showing last year.
Portingale said Kiesha Wakeham, Linieta Bokadi and Filo Ann would need to show their impressive skills to make the finals again this year. “These girls have stepped up their performances lately and are again expected to feature,” he said.
The Fiji Surfing Association believes that this year’s competition will be a great display of modern surfing that should showcase our local rising athletes. Competitors from the Oceania regions like Guam, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Australia are expected to send competitors.
“The event is designed to challenge the Fijian juniors against an international field with many local surfers hoping to again outpoint some of their international rivals. The surfing competition will be held at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Kulukulu.”
Portingale said last year the event had strong side shore winds so organisers have shifted the event to late March hoping for better conditions.
“Sigatoka can produce some excellent beach break waves with a sand bottom. Known for its punch wedges Sigatoka can surprise the surfer.
“The Fiji Surfing Association wishes to again thank its generous sponsors, Coca- Cola, Fiji National Sports Commission, Cloudbreak, Fiji Sun and Crow’s Nest Resort. Your continuing support is much appreciated by all.”