Photo of Vanuatu surf team at the Melanesian Surf Cup in Cloudbreak, Fiji. (Supplied by Stu Johnson)
"The juniors from Vanuatu especially impressed," he told Pacific Beat. "They're putting in a lot of hours and the crew over there are really dedicated. "They've got a crew of sponsors and supporters in Australia, just Australians who spend a lot of time in Vanuatu and have a love for all things surfing in Vanuatu, and it shows." Sixty-five surfers from Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, Guam and Fiji competed at the Melanesian Cup. The competition is designed to help raise the standards of the second tier surfing countries in the Pacific. Mr Philp says are number of surfers are ready to take the next step in their careers. "There's a bunch from Vanuatu and Tom (Morat) from New Caledonia, absolutely," he said. Thirteen year old Tom Morat was among the most impressive on the weekend, advancing beyond the heats in a number of categories. Samoa has been announced as the host of the fifth annual Melanesian Surf Cup next year.
Story link http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-09/an-vanuatu-poised-for-a-surfing-breakthrough/5144562