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Slatter Making History On A Borrowed Board

Our Fijian men competed in the early repechage heats yesterday in the World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France. And Che Slatter became the first Fijian in history to advance to
26 May 2017 11:00
Slatter Making History On A Borrowed Board

Our Fijian men competed in the early repechage heats yesterday in the World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France.

And Che Slatter became the first Fijian in history to advance to the second round in an International Surfing Association competition.

Deciding that we needed different equipment suited to the waves on offer the team borrowed a board from the Moroccan team in the tent next door to the Fijians and quickly changed the fins and got Che Slatter to the registration tent in time to collect his contest jersey.

Slatter was up first in Heat 55 against Moroccan – Shadi Lahrioui, Zhao Yuan Hong from China, and Tunc Ucyildiz from Turkey.

The first wave of the event rolled in and the Moroccan turned and went for it – tapping the lip a couple of times to post a score of 3.17. Slatter paddled into the second one – a beautiful left hander that offered perfect scoring opportunity.

He quickly moved down the wave pumping with some speed to register his first score, however he was just getting used to riding this board for the first time and managed just a 2.50.

It was enough to put him in second place however and he managed to hang onto second place to the end by picking up a second backup score through clever wave selection, denying the Chinese and Turkish surfers their chance to advance in the competition, sending them home prematurely.

Following this Lesi Navuwai compete in Heat 59 against surfers Nikita Avdeev from Russia, Harry Cromwell from Wales and Jean Gonzales from Panama. Lesi struggled in the fading waves and was unable to register strong scores and was quickly in 4th place by the 5th minute of the 15 minute heat. He ended up in 4th place and is bows out of the competition.

Slatter must wait for another 8 hours of competition before he competes again. This will be his greatest challenge as he competes against current World Professional Tour surfer – Jeremy Flores (who is one of the favourites to win this competition), as well as Raoni Monteiro from Brazil – a former World Professional Tour surfer and another favourite to win the gold medal in this event. Rounding out the event list is Gearoid McDaid – Irelands best surfer and a rising star on the world stage.

The Fiji Surfing Association is recognised by the International Surfing Association as the governing body for surfing in Fiji.

The World Surfing Games creates history by being the first World Championships during an Olympic cycle for the newest sport on the Olympic program (in Tokyo 2020).

 

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