Source: 2014 Melanesian Cup
The 2014 Melanesian Cup continued today with excellent conditions at the Aganoa Beach surf break. The pumping waves provided all competitors the opportunity to show their skills on the 1-1.5 metre swell. The crowd was once packed the beach and were roaring in support of their nations competitors.
The Under 14 boys kicked of proceedings at 8.30, with Samoan Chris Martin winning his heat and achieving the highest wave score of the day, scoring nine out of a possible ten by getting under the curl for the first the barrel of the contest. Lino Fofoga, Pule Martin of Aganoa and Salele from Luatanu’u surfed off in the repechage round, Salele improved throughout the day but the local experience of Fofoga and Martin shone through, with the two local boys proceeding to the Semi-finals, which will be held tomorrow.
In the Open men’s event it was Jonathon Scaysbrook and Nathan Devambez of new Caledonia, Aca Ravulo of Fiji and Norman Kalotiti of Vanuatu who beat their semi-final opponents in incredibly tight heats and progressed to the final. The final was held in the afternoon and was an even affair with each country ferociously cheering on their competitor from the beach. The intensity of the competition lasted until the final minutes of the final with each surfer getting great some rides. The winner will be announced in the presentation at the event’s culmination.
Samoa’s final competitor in the over 35’s division, Lee Etuale put in a sterling performance today, leading his heat right up until the final minutes, when Fiji’s John Fitzgerald took off on one the waves of the day, carving ferociously to take first place and knocking Etuale out of the competition. The Over 35’s final is to be held Wednesday.
The first round of the Womens division was held today, Savaii’s own Meriama Martin and Letapu Tupo represented Samoa, both surfing at their best, but it was the the Fijian, New Caledonian and Ni-Van girls who won their heats to progress straight to the Semi Finals. As we wake up on the next day of competition we are excited to see great conditions again and more great surfing as we look to crown the winner of the 2014 Melanesian Cup!