THE Fiji Surfing Association will be hosting the 4th Annual Melanesian Surf Cup at Cloudbreak, Tavarua this weekend.
The three-day competition which starts today will feature 47 competitors from Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, Guam and Fiji.
Fiji will be represented by 18 surfers who will be vying for the coveted Melanesian Cup Trophy.
A statement from the Fiji Surfing Association said the competition was first hosted in New Caledonia in 2010 to enhance surfing skills in the region.
"A long term goal of the Cup is to create a composite team of Melanesian surfers to compete at the World Championship level.
"Fijian Surfers, Isei Tokovu and Kim Bennett were open men's champion and open women's champion in 2010.
"Kim's younger sister, Hannah Bennet, will be competing for Fiji this year."
The association is grateful to its cash sponsors Tourism Fiji, and the Fiji National Sports Commission as well as Tavarua Island Resort and Namotu Island Resort for their funding and in-kind support.
Also, Corona will be a first time sponsor of surfing in Fiji via provision of product and prizes.
Competitions will be held in under-14 men short board, U18 men short board, open male short board, women's short board, open male longboard, women's longboard, over 35 men short board and open junior longboard.