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In Honour Of Chief Druku

In Honour Of Chief Druku
Chief Druku Lalabalavu. Photo: Fiji Surfing Association
January 29
15:41 2017

The inaugural Druku Memorial surfing event is from February 11-12 at Cloudbreak, Tavarua.

Chief Druku Lalabalavu, the leader of Fiji’s heart-shaped island, Tavarua, passed away at the age of 63.

Druku was one of the first Fijians to learn how to surf, and his spirit and generosity touched everyone he met. As is the custom in Fiji, the title to Tavarua was purportedly given to Druku’s ancestor, and handed down through his family.

Druku became Tavarua’s ambassador to the world, sharing his incredible spirit and hospitality with everyone who visited the island. His role as goodwill representative of Tavarua would take him to Tahiti, California and Hawaii, to trade shows and surf industry events.

In honour of Chief Druku who passed away last year there have been 16 surfers selected to compete in the inaugural event. The selection was based on last year’s results of the Fiji Pro trials and the Suva Lighthouse event.

Chief Druku’s son, Aca, will be competing along with famed Cloudbreak surfer Isei Tokovo. The new guard of surfers like Tevita Gukilau, Inia Nakalevu, Che Slater, Lesi Navuwai and Victor Maginnity will be challenging for the title of King of Cloudbreak and the $1000 first prize. There’s plenty to gain from competing with the top 8 surfers invited to compete in this year’s Fiji Pro trials in May.

The next FSA Level 1 coaching Course is on February 18-19 at Beachouse on the Coral Coast. It’s the first step to becoming a trained surf coach competent of conducting lessons for learners up to intermediate surfers.


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