Surfers compete for Suva title today

ONE of last years surfers trying to get way above the wave crest. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’s best young and experienced surfers are in the capital city this weekend to battle for the Suva Lighthouse Champion.

This PBS Lighthouse Classic features competitions in the under 14, under 21, longboard, open women, masters, open and all craft divisions.

Suva’s Darcy Dwyer competing on home turf should be a stand out in the under 14 grade but he will be challenged by Fiji rep Kiesha Wakeham and young sensation James Kusitino.

Three national reps Api Tibinaliva, Kalani Wakeham and John Vasea are in the under 21 competition but should expect competition from Suva’s Curtis Light and Coral Coast’s Jimmy Tuitavuki.

The Ed Lovell Longboard will see some old world style mixed with radical modern day surfing.

In the open women, the battle will be between experience and the “young blood”.

Malia Johnson and Anais Rouveyrol will go head to head with Kayla and Kiesha Wakeham and Polly Chongsue. It will be an exciting match up.

The Open competition has several past 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.

“The weekend will be a fantastic demonstration of Fiji’s surfing talent as they all keep improving towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” Surfing Fiji head coach Ian Portingale said.

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