Coast surfers ride some solid swells at Cloudbreak in Fiji generated from a low pressure system near Australia
Coast surfers ride some solid swells at Cloudbreak in Fiji generated from a low pressure system near Australia

Surfers take on monster Fiji waves

SOMETIMES you can be in the right place at the right time.

That was the case for Sunshine Coast surfer/shaper Tony Dragan of Tinbeerwah and John McDermott of Cooroy who arrived in Fiji ahead of what could possibly become known as the greatest show on Earth.

McDermott and Dragan, who at 63 still charges in big surf, arrived by sea at the island of Tavarua a week ago just as the first pulse of a monster swell arrived.

They enjoyed superb, uncrowded waves well over head high at the island's world-class breaks of Restaurants, Swimming Pools and the offshore reef break called Cloudbreak.

The pair, who often escape on surfing adventures to Noumea, then sat back to watch as a peaking 20-foot swell drew some of the world's best big wave riders.

Ten-time world champion Kelly Slater took on the beasts on a super small 5'11” board.

Sunshine Coaster Adam Yared, who is managing director of the Fijian Surf Travel Company Malolosurf, described it as one of the most consistent clean big swells in decades.


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