Fiji Time: 4:14 PM on Friday 24 March

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 0.65090.6319
JPY 54.714051.7140
GBP 0.38790.3799
EUR 0.45160.4396
NZD 0.69980.6668
AUD 0.64240.6174
USD 0.48950.4725

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Rich kids', $13m in trust fund
  2. Kicked out
  3. Moneylenders warned
  4. 7s star told don't reoffend
  5. Lack of jobs top concern
  6. 242 nursing vacancies
  7. Fijian identity 'unifies'
  8. Luveni offers condolences
  9. Be 'smart'
  10. Khan probe continues

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  3. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Uni urges Fijians to apply for NZ grants Monday (20 Mar)
  5. RKS retains Tailevu Zone title Wednesday (22 Mar)
  6. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)
  7. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State Thursday (23 Mar)
  8. QVS blue ribbon king to miss Coke Games Wednesday (22 Mar)
  9. Minister issues maternity benefits warning Tuesday (21 Mar)
  10. Stars back Tuesday (21 Mar)