Fiji’s Top Surfers Battle It Out In Suva

The PBS Lighthouse Challenge got underway in Suva yes­terday. The country’s best surfers moved out to the Suva reefs to compete for the coveted Suva Lighthouse Cham­pion title.The divisions also include the Under-14, U21 Longboard, Open Women, Masters and Open and an All Craft, According to the officials in the U14 the stand out performance came for Darcy Dwyer of Suva. But they are expecting an in teresting battle to come from Fiji representative surfer Kiesha Wakeham and young sensation James Kusitino.

The U21 category sees an interesting battle between national surfing reps of Api Tibinaliva, Kalani Wakeham and John Va­sea. Today they are expected to face tough challenges coming from Suva’s Curtis Light and Jimmy Tuitavuki of the Coral Coast. The Ed Lovell Longboard will see some old-world style mixed in with radical modern-day surfing.

In the open women it will be experience versus youth as Malia Johnson and Anais Rouveyrol go head-to-head with Kayla, Kie­sha Wakeham and Polly Chongsue.

The opens will have several former champions like Aca Ravulo up against Inia Nakalevu, Lesi Navuwai and Victor Maginnity.Top female surfer Hannah Bennett will take on the men as she strives to be the first female winner in this division.

This weekend will be a fantastic demonstration of Fiji’s surf­ing talent as they all keep improving towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The competition ends today.

Source:  Pacific Building Solutions / Fiji Surf/ Fiji Sun 15 October, 2018

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