SPORTS

$6K Boost For Rip Curl Series

On the eve of the start of the Rip Curl Micro Grommet Series 2016, Jack’s of Fiji stepped in with a $6000 worth of sponsorship. The timely boost was received
22 Oct 2016 11:00
$6K Boost For Rip Curl Series
Fiji Surfing national coach Ian Portingale receives the cheque from Brands and Public Relations Officer Roneel Singh in Port Denarau yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

On the eve of the start of the Rip Curl Micro Grommet Series 2016, Jack’s of Fiji stepped in with a $6000 worth of sponsorship.

The timely boost was received by the Fiji Surfing Association  (FSA) officials as the series gets underway this morning.

Jack’s of Fiji brands and public relations officer, Roneel Singh said they are looking at a long term partnership with FSA.

“We believe in developing young talents in Fiji,” Singh said.

“The Rip Curl Micro Grommet Series is a perfect opportunity to help develop these youngsters who are interested in the sport of surfing.

“We hope that this series gives them a platform to hone their skills and ultimately compete at a professional level.”

Fiji Surfing head coach Ian Portingale thanked Jack’s of Fiji’s group of companies for their support

“Fifty five participants will compete in the series which is designed to offer a new experience to younger male and female surfers (grommets) and to get them more involved in the sport of surfing.

“Entries have been steady and enquiries have been strong. There are divisions in under-14, under-12 and under-10 for boys and girls. Half of the participants are girls.”

He said the series is aimed at younger surfers (grommets) as they aim to bring a professional style event to them.

Portingale added that the event is held by Rip Curl all over the world but is known as the Rip Curl Grom Series, where non-professional surfers are given the chance to compete in a professional environment and then develop competing professionally in the future.

“Our aim in Fiji is to increase the interest of young people for surfing and then develop that talent even further.’

The second round of the Series will be on November 5 at Swimming Pools, Namotu Island, as this is the first time this style of event has been held in the country.

“After the second round FSA will announce a development squad and a high performance squad that will receive more technical training, fitness components and more support,” he added.

The series kicks-off from 8am and competition times are determined on the tide and swell conditions.  Major sponsor of the event is Jack’s of Fiji. It is co-sponsored by BSP, Fiji Surf Co, McDonald’s and Vatuvara Island Resort.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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