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Druku Memorial Surfing Starts Today

The Druku Memorial Open Surfing event has introduced a new category, the Queen of Cloudbreak, as the two-day event starts today at the Sonaisali Island. Surfing Fiji head coach Ian
04 Jun 2018 10:01
Druku Memorial Surfing Starts Today
Surfing

The Druku Memorial Open Surfing event has introduced a new category, the Queen of Cloudbreak, as the two-day event starts today at the Sonaisali Island.

Surfing Fiji head coach Ian Portingale said they were given the green light to host the competition last Friday.

Portingale said Fiji’s top 28 male and seven female surfers along with those from Australia will be vying for the honour of taking the 2018 crown.

“This prestigious event includes the ‘King of Cloudbreak’ and the ‘Queen of Cloudbreak’ at the world renowned surf breaks,” Portingale said.

“This year we will also see the inaugural ‘Queen of Cloudbreak’ and that is why those international surfers are here to compete.

“For the males there are only Fijians competing while for the females we have international surfers like Kim Bennett who resides in Hawaii but is originally from Fiji, Anais Rouveyrol, a French national residing in Fiji and Tiara Williams who is originally from Western Australia.”

Portingale said the event would also allow juniors surfers to have high competition with other top surfers.

“It is very heartening to see new faces and this will allow junior surfers to surf with their heroes.

“Also up for grabs is valuable selection points to represent Fiji at the World Surfing titles in Japan in September.”

He added that they are grateful to their sponsors Kontiki Finance for their continuous support.

The competition boat will depart from Sonaisali (Fiji Surf Co landing) this morning at 7am.

 

JUST A GLANCE

Chief Druku Lalabalavu, the leader of Fiji’s heart-shaped island, Tavarua, passed away at the age of 63. He was one of the first Fijians to learn how to surf, and his spirit and generosity touched everyone he met.

As is the custom in Fiji, the title to Tavarua was purportedly given to Druku’s ancestor, and handed down through his family.

Druku became Tavarua’s ambassador to the world, sharing his incredible spirit and hospitality with everyone who visited the island.

 – Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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