‘‘Catching a Wave Fiji's perfect ride By Rob Dunton’’
For more than a decade I have heard tales of legendary surf in the Fiji Islands. Whenever I’d grab a glossy surf magazine, I’d find full-page pictures of surfers tucked into glassy barrels of translucent water at Fijian breaks with names like Desperation or Frigates Passage.
A subsidiary of the Fijian Surf Company. Our aim is to diversify surfing within our Islands by directing people to areas beyond the crowds and to open up more options. Fijian Surf has got over 10 years of surfing our Islands and has been to more areas of Fiji than any other surf company. We’re here to “share the stoke” and spread the “bula spirit”.
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‘‘Reviving the lost art of Fijian Surfing - Vakavodo Ua’’
The Fijian Surf Company is an evolution of a local based company that was born in 1995 as the first local surf business named as - Viti Surf. Fijian Surf is the parent company behind a number of operations :
- Fiji Surf Shop - a shop that promotes surfing in Fiji by selling surf products, providing surf information, local and international merchandise, board repairs, Surfboard rentals and surf booking agents for accommodations and tours.
- Fiji Surf Tours - a Road and Boat Shuttle operation that optimizes a surfers experience of Fiji by providing the best possible surf opportunity under the current daily conditions. Fiji Surf has been to more of Fiji than any other operation and has the most experience in providing reliable information. Live-aboard boat tours was a thing of the past and possibly may come back- check status if your interested!
- Fiji Surf School- is a fully qualified and experienced surf school that is endorsed by Surfing Australia. Fiji Surf runs the only surf school here which boasts a 100% success rate.
- Viti Surf Legend ( VSL), Lewa, Fijian Style - these are genuineclothing labels that Fijians can beproud to call their own. Sold at the Fiji SurfShop and other established locations.
- Fiji Surf Travel - To provide surf relief to the surfers visiting Fiji. Assisting clients to find appropriate destinations to surf according to their requests, budgets and surfing abilities.
- Kai-Wai-an Foundation - a charitable organization that is set up to help the less fortunate people and villages in our society through the generosity of surfers.. Medical, educational and food supplies etc are brought from internal / external sources to support the Foundation.
The Fijian Surf Company is core based and is established by Fijian surfers that have the vision, commitment and passion to introduce an authentic company into this niche market. Fijian Surf promotes the whole of Fiji as not only a surfing destination but one that has our own roots embedded in surfing history that we are very proud of. We are merely guardians carrying on the lost art of Fijian Surfing - Vakavodo Ua!
Vinaka vaka levu !
Muller wins Rebull Surf Open - 10 April 2011
Ian Muller of Nadi has taken out the 2011 Rebull Surf Open, presented by Red Bull, in close to perfect conditions at Hideaway on the Coral Coast yesterday. A classy display of tube riding impressed judges and spectators and saw Ian’s two wave total of 16.17 out of 20, eclipse a very strong field in the final. Ian took home the new High Definition GoPro video camera for his efforts.
“I’d just like to thank all the organiser’s and sponsors of the event - Red Bull, GoPro, Electric Sunnies, Fiji Surf and of course Fiji Hideaway Resort - for hosting us throughout the day.” Ian said after his victory. “It’s been a great day and we scored some great waves.”
Victor Magginity of Suva, the current Fiji Surf Association ratings leader, ran a close second after being one of the standout performers throughout the day. Victor won an Electric Sunglasses prize pack for second place.
Ratu Aca Ravulo of Cuvu grabbed third place ahead of 2009 Rebull open champion Paul Chong-Sue of Sigatoka in fourth. Both received prize packs donated by Fiji Surf Shop and McDonalds.
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Fiji Surf Open 2011 - Press Release
The Fijian Surf Gods made sure the 2011 Fiji Surf Open started off with a bang, providing the competitors with clean 4-6ft pumping swell. The
competition wave, Namotu Left, is situated just off of Namotu Island whom was a major sponsor in the local surf event. Namotu Left was picked as the
preferred wave based on the solid swell on the day with north winds and good tides. Also it was used as the Fiji Surfing Team build up to the Pacific
Games coming up in September in New Caledonia and the wave there is similar to Namotu Left.
In the earlier heats the swell was the biggest making it very tough for the competitors to surf their heats. Swell was big and shifty catching a few out
that weren't alert causing them to get caught in the serious whitewater washing machine snapping leg ropes and breaking boards which caused mayhem
in the water every now and then. Some boards got lost out to sea but fortunately nobody got hurt.
Out of the 30 competitors, there were some international castes that turned up to challenge the locals on their home turf. Surfers came from New
Zealand, Australia, USA and as far as Spain. Outstanding surfing came from Isei Tokovou of Viwa Island, Zain Thompson of New Zealand and Ratu Aca
Lalabalavu of Cuvu. The Spaniard - Ikinaki fought long and hard with consistently good form that rewarded him a place in the final. Melanesian
Cup Champ - Isei was doing the most amazing back hand attack with vertical snaps / critical re-entries and air drops which he sacrificed by breaking a
board to the Surf Gods on one of his onslaughts - this gallant effort earned Isei the Electric "No Guts No Glory" Prize. Zain started off relatively slow
but worked his way up the ranks to prove he has the arsenal to "kick some butt" in the event. Ratu Aca ,Pacific Games member, started the comp with a
serious hunger for waves but as the swell started to die towards the afternoon so did his hunger, bombing out in the quarters.
The Finals was contested in 3-4ft fun playful waves and it was a tough heat with surfers Matt from San Diego, Ikinaki from Spain and Zain from NZ
exchanging great rides. Isei was starved of waves for the first 15 minutes and only had one good 6 point ride. He was patiently waiting for the set waves to roll in and needed another decent wave to keep him in contention of winning. At the end of a long hard fought battle the final results came out like this: 1st - Zain Thompson, 2nd - Isei Tokovou, 3rd - Matt from San Diego and 4th Ikinaki from Spain.
Fiji Surf has seen this event as a way of bringing surfers together from all walks of life, supporting and sharing our love for surfing and giving back
to the sport that has given us so much! We are fortunate to have our waves open, thanks to the Bainimarama Govt, therefore we need to take the
initiative to develop our Fijian Surfers by getting them to compete in good waves and have us gather regularly to appreciate what we have. As a timely
positive result of last weeks surf competition, Fiji Surf has teamed up with Namotu to set up a western combined Boardriders Club. Duavata(United)
Boardriders Club is based on the fact that we have minimal surfers in the west and through the boardriders club we can combine them to form a
formidable force, this way it can keep us strong, motivated and united. To promote a more competitive environment, good sportsmanship, healthy rivalry
within clubs an East/West Trophy has resurfaced that will be competed over regularly after each event to see who keeps it in their area.
Big Vinaka vaka Levu to the sponsors that believe in Fijian Surfing and for the greater betterment of Fiji and its people: Fiji Surf, Namotu Island, Fiji Surfing Association, Red Bull, Electric Sunglasses, Demar Extreme, Waterman Fiji, Fijian Surf, Viti Surf Legend. Also to those officials and judges that sacrificed their day to make sure this competition was a success!
Craig McElrath Longboard Classic - Namotu Island
A morning of rain and wind morphed into a beautiful sunny day for the culmination of the Craig McElrath Longboard Classic at Namotu Island off Nadi on Sunday 11th December for the last event in the calendar of the Fiji Surfing Association. Competitors and spectators were hosted in fine style on the island by NAMOTU Island owner Scotty O'Conner. Special thanks to Adrenalin; the McElrath family and McDonalds Restaurants (in conjunction with Hellfish Surfboards) for the amazing trophy.
Events were run in four divisions - Juniors, Womens, Mens and the blue ribbon event - the Longboard division for the inaugural Craig McElrath Longboard Classic.
Notable was the ascension of Antonios Malycha from Suva to take the Junior title from favourite Kalani Muller. This was Antonio's first event win.
Luke Bridge from Australia was too strong for Fiji Pacific Games squad member - Aca Raculo in the Mens shortboard event.
Ian Muller, Fiji squad member, was hard to beat in the main event. Ian was the hardest working competitor in the final, building the highest wave count, relentless in pursuit of the title, and deservedly taking the inaugural Craig McElrath Longboard Classic title from Paul Chongsue and Stuart Johnson.
A paddle out memorial was held for keen surfer and past Secretary of the Fiji Surfing Association - Craig McElrath, just prior to the finals for the Mens and Longboard event's. A fitting tribute to a surfer gone but not forgotten by the Fijian surfing family.
1st - Ian Muller (Nadi)
2nd - Paul Chongsue (Sigatoka)
3rd - Stuart Johnson (Nadi)
1st - Luke Bridge (Waidroka)
2nd - Aca Raculo (Nadi)
3rd - Dave Leed (Nadi)
4th - Paul Chongsue (Sigatoka)
1st - Malia Johnson (Nadi)
2nd - Kaye Lepper-Wind (Nadi)
3rd - Talei Lovell (Suva)
4th - Ella Carling (Suva)
1st - Antonios Malycha (Suva)
2nd - Kalani Muller (Nadi)
3rd - Robert Smith Junior (Suva)
4th - George Malgaard (Suva)
FIJI SURF OPEN
Fresh from a first ever representation at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior
Surfing Championships in NZ - the 2010 Fiji Surfing Association season
commenced in style on Saturday morning with the "FIJI SURF OPEN" held in
challenging 1m waves at the Sigatoka river mouth.
Twenty seven OPEN competitors battled it out through three rounds, with
the highest scoring two surfers in each 20 minute heat advancing to the
next round. The surfers were judged on speed, style, innovation and control
with the most radical manoeuvrers in the most critical part of the wave
scoring the highest points. Waves were marked out of 10 with the surfers
highest two wave scores combining to form that surfers heat total.
In warm light winds under dazzling blue skies the surfing was of a very
high quality despite the difficult waves. The ocean never developed a
consistent rhythm and though at times the sea provided surfers a
smorgasbord of waves to choice from, in other heats they had to hunt scarce
waves down, paddling in determination against the current to somehow find a
wave which offered scoring potential. What makes competitive surfing apart
from most other sports is the added dimension of having to read nature,
understand currents, bottom contours, and the way a given lump of swell
will break in a particular way. Add to this fitness, training, form and
natural ability - and one can come close to understanding what competitive
surfing is all about.
Conditions deteriorated by the final, but it was a closely fought contest
all the same with all six finalists determined to be number one. By the
final hooter it was Mark of Waidroka who came out on top and took home the
winners cheque of $300 with his super smooth style, superior wave selection
and precision carves. Mark consistently posted the highest wave scores
throughout the entire event and was a most deserving winner. Mark also won
himself a new pair of Electric Sunglasses for the most radical moves of the
Frankie King of Kulukulu , took home a new lost surfboard courtesy of the
Fijian Surf Foundation/ Air Pacific / Fast Friends Foundation for being the
most improved competitor at the event.
Thanks go out to all in support of the Fiji Surf Open and to sponsors Fiji
Surf, Red Bull, Waterman, Electric Visual, McDonalds, Xoolu and Magnum