The Starboard SUP Team joined us last week to check out Fiji’s amazing waves onboard the Tui Tai.The weather gods were working with us as the bad weather from last weeks passing cyclone disappeared for the first day of the trip.
The waves were really fun, glassy, uncrowded and provided the perfect playground to test different boards, equipment and catch some good waves. We roamed around and surfed numerous spots seeing which were working best with the conditions and to mix things up.
Making the most of the elements a windsurf sail was rigged up to a SUP board transforming it’s versatility when the wind picked up one afternoon, Scott Mckercher demonstrated that wind Sups were not only for flat water fun as he pulled into some decent sized waves at Cloudbreak and Numoto Lefts.
After huge days of surf and too much sun everyone made the most of the boat’s sundeck, lounging with an ice cold Fiji Bitter (or Coopers) watching the sun set into the ocean. We also received a few invitations to some small islands and had some random adventures including meeting locals, bad dance moves in sulu’s and group karaoke performances (which almost had everyone kicked off the island).
In typical irony after the biggest night also came the biggest day, but when everyone saw the conditions we were straight out in the water. Cloudbreak delivered some waves of epic proportions with double overhead barrels coming through. They were a solid 8ft of glassy perfection but the reef was shallow and soon the numbers dwindled until Scott McKenner and Dave Muir where the only ones left in the lineup. They both scored some amazing waves so hopefully the photos do it justice.
The mix of great people, abundance of fun waves, snorkeling, diving, amazing food cold beer, kava, island experiences and relaxed Fijian atmosphere made it a fantastic week overall. Starboard left us with a few paddleboards and pretty soon some of the crew were mastering the art of riding small waves, falling off and having lots of laughs.
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