Surfs up in Suva!
Suva put on an excellent weather show on Sunday May 22nd for the return of the PBS Lighthouse Challenge, the first major surf competition in two years due to the pandemic.
Fiji Surfing Association’s President Hannah Bennett said, “Today was what we call “all time”. Your classic epic day at Lighthouse, with head high surf and favorable conditions.
The PBS Lighthouse competition has been running since 2016, named because it is held at the Suva reef lighthouse that breaks at the entrance to Suva Harbour.
The competition is organised by Suva Reef Surfers Association, who invited all the 7 board rider clubs, Wailoloa, Vodo Ua, Korotogo, Kulukulu, Coral Coast, Vunaniu & Suva Reef Surfers.
Bennett said, “the event reunited all the board rider clubs after so long.”
The winners were for U16s – Teo; U18s – Kiesha Wakeham; Women’s – Kiesha Wakeham; and the Open was won by Api Tibinaliva.
The competition’s main sponsor is PBS, and Hunter Pearls donated the first place prizes. Other sponsors were FMF who donated food packs, Dilo Up Skincare and Fossil Productions.
The next competition is on June 26th at the Lighthouse again, but only open to U14s.
Tickets for the fundraiser will be on sale soon.
Information via the Fiji Surfing Association’s social media pages and their website newsletter at surfingfiji.org
“This is a development contest designed to focus on our juniors”, Bennet said, “The Fiji Surfing Association is also organizing a Surf Film Festival on June 25th as a fundraiser and we would appreciate all the support we can get. We welcome the greater Fijian community to get involved.”
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