Fiji Time: 1:16 PM on Saturday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Tokovou secures World Pro Tour berth

Emoni Narawa
Friday, May 23, 2014

FIJI'S surfing sensation Isei Tokovou has secured a spot in the World Pro Tour in Nadi next month.

Tokovou topped the national trials to grab the wildcard entry at the world event. He'll rub shoulders against world number one Kelly Slater.

Tokovou will have two chances of trying to qualify for the third round, a fate which no Fijian has ever achieved.

Fiji Surfing official John Philp said Tokovou had a good chance of making the third round.

"Isei has competed in this event before and he knows what to expect," he said.

"No Fijian has ever progressed to the third round and Isei has an equal chance as anybody to make it to the third round."

The Yasawa lad overcame tough challenger from Ratu Aca Lalabalavu and Inia Nakalevu.

Lalabalavu took an early lead half way in the 30-minute final, while Tokovou was stuck at third place.

However, the veteran surfer played a patience game. His wait was rewarded at the 17th minute mark when a gift wave loomed and he was able to work on and notch the second highest scoring wave of the final.

In the building swell a succession of larger waves continued to roll through and from this point on he traded high scores with Lalabalavu and eventually came out ahead by a mere 15.4 to 15.2 points.

The world pro tour is scheduled on June 1. Meanwhile, the women's pro will start on Sunday.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61840.5994
JPY 56.315753.3157
GBP 0.37500.3670
EUR 0.41770.4057
NZD 0.71070.6777
AUD 0.63150.6065
USD 0.49690.4799

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sex, sluts and the internet
  2. FLP raises concern over statement by police chief
  3. Whitewash
  4. Api joins camp
  5. Permanent secretary suspended
  6. More than $20m for rural water scheme
  7. Chinese envoy refutes ABC report
  8. Fry no more, just freeze
  9. Alleged police brutality case
  10. RFMF to provide tactical support

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. Miranda turns to sex work to survive Thursday (19 Oct)
  3. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  4. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  5. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  6. Sweets for the homeless Friday (20 Oct)
  7. Dreams do come true Thursday (19 Oct)
  8. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  10. Bati visits Ra villages Tuesday (17 Oct)