Les­son Two

Es­cape the Masses

Tracks - - Fiji -

Ev­ery­one wants to surf Cloud­break. Just like ev­ery­one wants to surf Pipe­line and Teahupoo and Kirra. Cloud­break is easy to hit on a strike mis­sion from Aus­tralia since Tavarua lost ex­clu­sive rights to it. But the down­side is that - like so many of the world’s most fa­mous waves - it’s of­ten crowded, some­times dys­func­tion­ally so. Ditto for Restau­rants, the more pro­tected, more per­fect left, which hugs Tavarua. Which is why Ord and his crew of surfers and pho­tog­ra­phers avoided the re­gion al­to­gether and posted up on the south­ern coast of Fiji’s main is­land of Viti Luvu. The Co­ral Coast can be fickle but when it’s on there is a bunch of high-qual­ity spots to hit. The best wave is way off­shore, a bar­relling outer-reef left with sim­i­lar­i­ties to Cloud­break. While it doesn’t hold the size like Cloud­break, at 6-8 foot it’s a mad tube, which packs a hell of a punch. “It was pump­ing when we there and there was hardly any­one around,” re­calls Ord. “We’d go out to one qual­ity left and maybe see one other boat with two peo­ple on it. It’s crazy, it’s like a lit­tle for­got­ten world. We were there right be­fore the big swell in May and I heard there was like 30 or 40 pho­tog­ra­phers shoot­ing Cloud­break. I’d much rather do my own thing and get away from the hus­tle.”

Main: Bend­ing colours from above. In­set left: Chippa ex­plor­ing spa­ces few can get to. In­set right: Lo­cal rit­u­als.

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