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Regional Surfers Here For Junior Pro

  The 2017 Powerade Junior Pro was officially opened at Club Masa in Kulukulu, Sigatoka yesterday. A challenge was issued to our young surfers to step-up and prove themselves in
25 Mar 2017 10:00
Regional Surfers Here For Junior Pro
Local surfer John Vasea, 13, set to hit the waves at the Sigatoka sand dunes today when the Powerade Junior Pro gets underway. Photo: Fiji Surfing Association.

 

The 2017 Powerade Junior Pro was officially opened at Club Masa in Kulukulu, Sigatoka yesterday.

A challenge was issued to our young surfers to step-up and prove themselves in the two-day event, which starts today at the Sigatoka sand dunes.

The event will be a selection platform for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior title which will be staged in Japan in September.

Fiji Surfing head coach Ian Portingale told SUNsports that competition would be tough with regional surfers from Samoa and Vanuatu here to take part.

“We have quite a strong field and the local surfers have a lot to prove,” he said.

“Our neighbouring countries from Samoa and Vanuatu will provide some tough competition.

“These are well-travelled surfers who have been taking part in competitions before and they will be providing stiff competition to the local surfers.

“The Fijians will also need to step- up because we will be selecting a training squad for the upcoming ISA world junior title.

“This will be the start of our preparation for the Olympics in 2020 so this is a good platform for surfers to show us what they got.

“We will be selecting a certain number and then cutting the numbers down as we go along to make sure we have a good team for the world junior title.”

Portingale has urged the public to bring their family to watch the event.

“We will be providing an area for the spectators to sit and watch the event and we urge everyone to come along.

“There will be food stalls also, so they can have something to eat and be entertained at the same time.

“It is a good family outing and a fun one, so we ask people to come out and not only support the surfers but to also have a good time.” The Junior Pro starts 8.30am.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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