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Surfers’ turnout impresses coach

Conditions were near perfect at the Sigatoka river mouth yesterday, giving over 30 youngsters the opportunity to compete in the Powerade Junior Pro surfing competition. The competition put together by
26 Mar 2017 12:06
Surfers’ turnout impresses coach
A young surfer participates in the Powerade Junior Pro in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Dawn Gibson

Conditions were near perfect at the Sigatoka river mouth yesterday, giving over 30 youngsters the opportunity to compete in the Powerade Junior Pro surfing competition.

The competition put together by the Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) showed the high number of interested children who are able to get on their surfboards and compete against each other.

Surfing, which is a fast growing sport in Fiji especially amongst the young generation, has recently become an Olympic-recognised sport. This has added more incentives for children who have learned to surf over the last few years and those who are only just beginning.

National Surfing head coach, Ian Portingale, said, the number of children participating was really encouraging to see.

“The abilities shown by these youths are promising as they have a lot of potential as now move into high-performance coaching. The sport of surfing is forever growing and Fiji is not an exception.”

Portingale added that for a lot of the children are first generation surfers who are paving the way for those to come.

The competition continues today with the finals in the boys and girls categories.

– Fiji Surfing Association.

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