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Working Towards 2020 Olympic Games

Working Towards 2020 Olympic Games
Jone Vasea, 13, in action. Photo: Fiji Surfing Association
March 12
15:04 2017

Yesterday the Fiji Surfing Association took 15 junior surfers out to Swimming Pools, Namotu. This was the beginning of the FSA junior squad for 2017 as we look forward to the 2020 Olympics.

Suva surfers Kalama McKellar and Darcy Dwyer along with Wailoaloa surfers Kalani Wakeham, John Vasea, Kayla Wakeham, Kiesha Wakeham, Ulukilupetea and Havana Kurop.  From the Coral Coast there’s Nemia Namanu, Ulaiasi Tukana, Samu Navuso and Apisai Camoro. Then from Momi/ Nabila is Jone, Brandon and Rawaqa. The youngest is 8 and the eldest is 14 but all surfers have shown excellent surfing skills.

Also attending was Level 1 accredited surf coaches Lesi Navuwai, Inia Nakalevu and Level 2 accredited surf coach Romeo McKellar. The programme for the day saw the surfers technique adjusted and contest strategies discussed.

At the conclusion of the surfing there was some video analysis to reinforce the concepts discussed by the coaches.

A special appearance from current Number 1 rated Fijian surfer Tevita Gukilau was a big hit allowing the young surfers to ask Tevita many questions about performing in competitions.

A special thank you to Uri and Naomi Kurop for the use of their boat to get the squad out to the surf.  More training sessions are planned for the beginning of next week.

The Powerade Junior Pro presented by Cloudbreak organisers have turned their attention to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Plans are now in place to improve the access to Club Masa and the beach area is being cleared and cleaned. The Kulukulu Club have their work cut out for them as they push to ensure the contest area is ready for the International and local surfers.

This year will see a grandstand as well as the judging tower being erected. Spectators will have a much improved viewing area as well as a clean site. The Kulukulu Club will also have food for sale on the beach so there’s no reason for the public not to attend and cheer on the local surfers.

A new event has been secured for the Fijian junior surfers. The management of Beachouse and Chair In The Air have agree to host the Kit Deger Memorial event. Kit was a passionate surfer but an even bigger supporter of junior development.

The new contest is scheduled for April 22 with two divisions, the Under-16 and U12 divisions for boys and girls. Keep your eye out for entry forms as there is a limited field.


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