Young surfers take on the waves

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The sec­ond leg of the Rip Curl Mi­cro Grom­met Se­ries ended on a high note at the Swim­ming Pools Reef, Namotu Is­land on Satur­day. Fiji Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion coach Ian Portin­gale said the young surfers were tra­di­tion­ally wel­comed at Na­bila vil­lage. “Af­ter that it was time to hit the waves,” Portin­gale said. “With 56 ea­ger com­peti­tors and sup­port crew it took five boats to ferry ev­ery­one out to the Swim­ming Pools Reef. It was a magnificent day on the wa­ter.”

In near per­fect con­di­tions, the six di­vi­sions show­cased the ta­lent com­ing through for Fiji surf­ing. The Un­der-14 boys, was won by John Vasea, ahead of Ula­iasi Tukuna and Jone Saba­sobo. The U12 boys, was won by Sa­muela Navuso while Sai­moni Vakarus­aba Jnr came in sec­ond. The U10 saw Kalama McKel­lar show plenty of ta­lent to claim first place while Julius Camp­bell came sec­ond and Qavo Naulivou was third. In the girls, Kiesha Wake­ham claimed all three di­vi­sions. In the U14 girls she fin­ished ahead of sis­ter, Kayla and Filom­ena Vakarus­abai came in third. In the U12, Kiesha held of Doris Round while Torika Twounimiora fin­ished 3rd. Then in the U10 girls it was Kiesha ahead of Ha­vana Kurop and Uluk­ilu­pete’s Kurop who got in third. Portin­gale said Rip Curl pro­vided the win­ners of the U14 boys and girls with a per­pet­ual cer­e­mony bowl. “A new surf­board was do­nated to Lini­eta Ratuni se­lected by Vatu­vara to en­cour­age her to con­tinue her surf­ing en­deav­ours.” Head judge Romeo McKel­lar was over­whelmed not only by the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants but the stan­dard of surf­ing. He con­grat­u­lated all the com­peti­tors for demon­strat­ing such good skills and thanked Na­bila vil­lagers for their sup­port on the day. The FSA wishes to thank Rip Curl, Jack’s, Surf­ing Fiji Co, Bank South Pacific, McDon­ald’s and Vatu­vara Is­land for their gen­er­ous sup­port of the se­ries.

Photo: Fiji Surf­ing

Young surfers on their way to Namotu Is­land on Satur­day.

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