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Junior Surfers Prepare For World Comp

The Fiji junior surfing team are anticipating a good outing in the International Surfing Association World junior surfing titles in Japan from September 18 to October 1. Fiji Surfing head
06 Jul 2017 11:00
Junior Surfers Prepare For World Comp
Junior surfer John Vasea takes on the wave. Our junior surfers are now preparing for the world meet in Japan. Photo: Fiji Surfing

The Fiji junior surfing team are anticipating a good outing in the International Surfing Association World junior surfing titles in Japan from September 18 to October 1.

Fiji Surfing head coach, Ian Portingale said yesterday preparations are going on well as the six-member squad march into camp this weekend.

“Preparations are going on well and we had two training sessions already which was in Sigatoka and Natadola,” Portingale said.

“We now have a training camp this weekend at Rendezvous Surf Resort and we’re trying to get them ready for the different waves since we’re expecting the waves in Japan to be softer, so we’ll train the six member squad accordingly.

“The camp will be at Rendezvous Surf Resort in Momi and the squad will arrive this Saturday and depart on Sunday afternoon. We’ll be heading out to Cloudbreak and swimming pools area each morning and in the afternoon will see a yoga instructor and a fitness trainer to run the group through several drills and activities.”

Portingale said at the moment they have six members in the squad which we will be reduced to three by July 25 based on the individual performance and meeting the expectation of representing Fiji.”

He said the side aim to get maximum exposure from the World Junior surfing competition.

“We are quite excited for the championship and I think the last time Fiji participated was in 2010 when they went to New Zealand for the junior titles”

“So, our expectation is just put on the best performance they can and not looking at winning team titles but to see the growth of the surfing sport in Fiji so in the years to come we can send more participants to compete,” he added

“The major hardships that we are facing is the lack of funds so we are having discussions with the Fiji National Sports Commission who have come on board to give a massive amount of funding which is to assist with the travelling expenses which we are grateful for.

“Also, the training squad is sponsored by Hot Bread Kitchen and they have contributed financially as well as with some products.

“However, we are still looking for assistance if any corporate companies are willing to sponsor it will be highly appreciated”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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