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More Take Up Surfing

  Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) head coach Ian Portingale is optimistic of more people taking up the sport after a successful turnout in the recent 7th annual Craig McElrath Memorial
03 Mar 2018 11:00
More Take Up Surfing
The line up and jet ski assist from Fiji Surfing coach Ian Portingale Photo: Fiji Surfing

 

Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) head coach Ian Portingale is optimistic of more people taking up the sport after a successful turnout in the recent 7th annual Craig McElrath Memorial Long board event.

“With ages ranging from nine through to 60 the differences in everyone’s style was amazing and we were treated to the “dying cockroach” manoeuvre by Mat Gabel,” Portingale said.

FSA media release revealed that Gabel won the most entering move.

The best surfing award went to 11-year-old, Kiesha Wakeham while Malia Johnson, Rob Cribb and Ian Muller who all showed plenty of Bula stoke took some awards as well.

“The 34 participating surfers were greeted by clean 1m to 1.2m waves. Using a totally different format the surfers shared the waves together in an expression session of their surfing skills, their surfing etiquette and surfing stoke.

“After the three-hour expression session the chilled vibe got even better as everyone mingled and enjoyed the last of the day around the BBQ sharing stories and tales of amazing surfing.”

Portingale thanked sponsors McDonald’s for donating cash to the running of the event and providing vouchers to the possible winners.

In addition Fiji Surf Co donated the use of the TC Trimaran to ferry the surfers out to the surf break and jet-ski assist.

“All profits from the event will go to the Craig McElrath Foundation to support their work in skin cancer research and support,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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