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15 Surfers Compete In Vanuatu

Inia Nakalevu will be making his debut in the shortboard event at the 2nd annual Leima­lo Surf Festival at Pango, Vanuatu today. He departed with a team of 15 surfers
29 Mar 2018 11:00
15 Surfers Compete In Vanuatu
Veteran surfer Inia Nakalevu at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Inia Nakalevu will be making his debut in the shortboard event at the 2nd annual Leima­lo Surf Festival at Pango, Vanuatu today.

He departed with a team of 15 surfers yesterday.

The team includes Lesi Navuwai, Hannah Ben­nett, Kiesha, Kalani and Kayla Wakeham and Api­sai Camoro,

The 33-year old will be participating in the Open men shortboard event.

“I was invited to the event and this will be my first time to participate in the shortboard event and I’m really excited. I’ve prepared well and looking forward and hopes for big waves.”

Nakalevu has been tak­ing part in the sport for the last 18 years.

“We have a good team and we hope to return with some prizes.”

He is also anticipating competing at the International Surfing Association (ISA) 2018 ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan.

The Bavu, Nadroga native missed out the France edition last year because of family com­mitments.

Fiji Surfing Association head coach Ian Portingale said: “The event will give the surfers more competition, exposure in different waves, different judges.”

He said competitors from all around Vanuatu, Australia and New Caledonia will be con­verging in Pango, as the Vanuatu Surfing Association opened the festival up to competitors from all around the world.

The competition ends on April 2.

Meanwhile, divisions include U14 pro boys and girls, U18 pro boys, girls, Open men, wom­en Pro Shortboard, Open Men and Women Longboard, and Mixed 35 and Over.

Edited by Osea Bola

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