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Surfer Varea Aims High

Thirteen-year-old Jon Rae Varea is aiming to become one of Fiji Surfing champions. The Naitasiri native has been causing a ripple with his surf boards at the inaugural 2016 Powerade
04 Sep 2016 11:47
Surfer Varea Aims High
Junior surfer Sam Williams of Australia and John Varea of Fiji during the Powerade Junior Pro at Club Masa in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Thirteen-year-old Jon Rae Varea is aiming to become one of Fiji Surfing champions.

The Naitasiri native has been causing a ripple with his surf boards at the inaugural 2016 Powerade Junior Pro at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Kulukulu yesterday. He is competing in the heats with the best from Vanuatu, Australia, Samoa and New Zealand.

As grommet he has surprised his surfing coach/guardian Godfrey Eaton.

“He is just among those freaks that are not afraid of challenges but he has done wonders with his surf boards,” Eaton said.

“He has those egos that are present in kaji rugby and he has all that in surfing. He has gone to Australia thanks to Fiji Surfing Association to train at the high performance centre in Gold Coast Queensland.”

Varea has also competed in the New Caledonian competition and represented Fijian to the Melanesian Cup.

“His local spot is Cloudbreak off Tavarua Island where he makes an attempt at the three feet barrels. His common outing is the Sigatoka River mouth,” Eaton added.

Varea has been in the sport for the last three years only but he is certainly has the making of a future champion. He is sponsored by Carve USA, Alpha Bravo and Wailoloa board riders are his main sponsors. while Volcom are also looking at him too.

Varea was brought up by his single parent who lives in Nadi but he stays with his coach in Korotogo where he does his training.

According to Eaton, Blue Gas and FMF are his local sponsors and there is a plan to build an $8000 worth Skate Park at the local area in Korotogo.  The park is going to help upcoming surfers work on their balance.

The Powerade Junior Pro is presented by Cloudbreak and sponsored by Fiji National Sports Commission, Fiji Surf, Fiji Surfing Association, FIT College and OPC. The finals are scheduled at 9am today.


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