I WASN’T SURE what to expect on this trip.
Lefts, rights, and barrels — almost every wave in Fiji is heavy, hollow, and shallow. Being an intermediate surfer, it was a bit intimidating.
Most surfers we met in Fiji had some sort of reef rash. Lunches were followed by Betadine first-aid sessions, and I only hoped my own body would stay unscarred. But if you paddle out at enough shallow breaks, you’ll eventually bring home Fijian “souvenirs.”
Until recently, access to Fiji’s most famous surf breaks was restricted — owned by local villages, with limited permission to use. But Fijian Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced July 1st that all restrictions to Fiji’s surf spots will be lifted. The new regulation supersedes privatization of reefs, including premier surf breaks at Tavarua and Namoto Islands.