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Surfers to celebrate McElrath’s life

  The surfing community will once again come together to honour Craig McElrath, an admired surfer, philanthropist and past committee member of the Fiji Surfing Association. Fiji Surfing head coach
16 Feb 2018 11:28
Surfers to celebrate McElrath’s life
Local surfers to celebrate the life of Craig McElrath on February 24. Those that are interested are asked to register for the event. Photo: Fiji Surf9ing Association

 

The surfing community will once again come together to honour Craig McElrath, an admired surfer, philanthropist and past committee member of the Fiji Surfing Association.

Fiji Surfing head coach Ian Portingale said the event has been running since 2010 in honour of McElrath and this year’s event is set for February 24.

“We are here to celebrate Craig’s life,” he said.

“When Craig relocated to Fiji he continued his passion for surfing mainly on longboards. He surfed every weekend and was always trying to help surfing develop here in Fiji. Craig was part of the Fiji Surfing Association, a secretary/treasurer and a hardworking committee member.”

Portingale said McElrath passed away in 2010 and the event is a celebration of his life and passion for surfing.

Again sponsors McDonald’s Restaurants and Fiji Surf Co are supporting the event this year.

“This year’s event is a break from the normal. The participants will surf for two hours and then be asked to vote for who showed the best Bula spirit and surfing expertise. This will decide the winner”

Portingale said longboards over 9’ and Stand Up Paddle surfboards are the designated surf craft for the fun event.

The prizes include 3 x $100 vouchers from McDonald’s, a prize pack and a carton of beer. The entry fee is $25 and all profits go to the Craig McElrath Foundation.

The surfing will be conducted around Namotu Island, Swimming Pools/Namotu Lefts/Wilkes.

“So, drag out your SUP boards or dust off the mal and get an entry in. Boat transfers will be from Sonasali and the times will be forwarded to all competitors. There is definitely a limited number of spot so first in first to surf,” he added.

NOTE

All those interested to contact Fiji Surfing Association on 8307173 or HeadCoach@surfingfiji.org.

Edited by  Grace Narayan

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