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Our Path To The Olympics

Our Path To The Olympics
Local surfer do it in style. Photo: Fiji Surfing Association
April 30
14:43 2017

The Olympic Channel and the International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced a cooperation agreement to collaborate on content.

As part of the agreement, the Olympic Channel will live stream coverage from the upcoming 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, which take place 20-28 May, in Biarritz, France, in addition to other ISA events.

The International Federation for surfing, which will make its Olympic programme debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, becomes the 52nd federation or organisation partner of the multi-platform media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round.

At the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, the world’s best national teams will come together to represent their nations and compete for gold at the ISA’s flagship event.

Many of the world’s top professionals are scheduled to compete at the World Surfing Games which will offer a glimpse in to the beach festival-style of competition that will take place at Tokyo 2020.

Both Brazil and France have unveiled star-studded teams for the event.  Fiji is sending its first ever open surfing team to the World titles and we’re confident they will perform well.   Competition is going to be tough, and if Fiji is to be considered for Olympics we should be attending each of the world titles leading up to 2020.



The Kit Deger Memorial Junior surfing event was a big success. Over 30 keen juniors tore up the clean 0.9m waves showing more experience than their ages suggest.

In the under-16 local Api Camoro was a standout with some vertical manoeuvres and critical surfing. Kalani Wakeham was 2nd with a polished performance, John Vasea was 3rd just behind whilst Ulai Tukana placed 4th.

The under-16 girls was a close battle between Kiesha and Kayla Wakeham and Maria Nailawa with Kiesha coming from behind to claim 1st.

Suva surfer Darcy Dwyer took an early lead in the under-12’s holding off a fast finish by Teo Degei 2nd, Kalama McKellar 3rd and Saiasi Tubamasi 4th. Keisha was again in winning action in the under 12 girls but the two Chongsue sisters Alena and Polly pushed Kiesha all the way in 2nd and 3rd whilst Talei Dromuneisiga placed 4th.

Well done to all competitors it was great to see the kids having fun and our thanks go to Andrew and his crew at Beachouse for an awesome day.

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