Melanesian Surfing Cup, Tavarua – Day 1 Highligths

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The first half of the Melanesian Surfing Cup was held under clear skies at Cloudbreak, Tavarua. Fijian surfing champions,  Aca Raculo  and  Isei  Tokovou  advanced  into  the  semi-­finals  of the  main  short  board  event,  as did Hannah Bennett, surfing in the women’s open short-­board  division. Scotty O’Conner from Namotu Island Resort, Fiji  was  also  in  strong  form,  winning  both  his  first  heat  and  semi  final  on  the  way  the  Mens  Longboard  final  to  be held Saturday.

Vitu Faa 39 years old of Samoa charges Cloudbreak

Fiji Surfing Association President, John Philp noted that, “The waves were consistent and had a lot of power, even though they were smaller than what most people expect from Cloudbreak.”

In the junior men’s division, Vanuatu dominated, advancing 7 surfers into the semi-­finals.

Tom Morat – through to the finals of the boys under 14, under 18, and Open Mens Longboard final

Another stand out surfer from the first day of competition was New Caledonia’s 13 year old Tom Morat who won his heat in the under 14’s preventing Vanuatu from taking a clean sweep of men’s age divisions. Tom moves into the semi finals of both under 14 and under 18 men’s divisions as well as the Mens open longboard final.

Over December  6-­8, 2013,  the Fiji Surfing  Association  (FSA)  is hosting  the 4th Annual  Melanesian  Surf Cup at Cloudbreak, Tavarua. Forty seven competitors from Vanuatu and New Caledonia including their Polynesian cousins from Samoa and Guam will compete against 18 Fijian surfers for the coveted Melanesian Cup Trophy.

Team photo opening ceremony – Nabila Village

The Fiji Surfing Association is grateful to its cash sponsors Tourism Fiji, and the Fiji National Sports Commission; as well as Tavara Island Resort and Namotu Island Resort for both their funding and in-­?kind support. Corona will be a first time sponsor of surfing in Fiji via provision of product & prizes.

The Fiji Surfing Association  (FSA) is Fiji’s national governing  body for surfing. The FSA is instrumental  in ensuring the  success  of  international   surfing  competitions,   such  as  the  Volcom  Fiji  Pro  held  at  Fiji’s  world  famous Cloudbreak.  The  FSA  complements  its support  for international  competitions  with  regional  and  national-­?based events  such  as  The  Fiji  Games,  Stand-­?Up-­?Paddle  Board  competitions,  and  The  Melanesian  Cup  to  build  and enhance participation in surfing at the local level.

Womens Longboard heat 2 about to hit the water. Alison Bowman (Guam), Marnie Morat (New Cal), Hannah Bennet (Fiji), & Leilani Morat (New Cal) on far right

Team Samoa !

Team Vanuatu using their time between heats to cool off !