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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.

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