This week your correspond finds himself in Tavarua, Fiji.
Tavarua is better known for its surf breaks – think Cloudbreak – so for a Back of the Ferry correspondent the beer choices are thin.
There are several offerings from Carlton and United in the form of Fiji Bitter and Fiji Gold plus Vonu from Coca Cola Amatil. All beers are pleasant enough given the surrounds and the temperature.
So being a surfing botf contributor I’m here for the breaks. Cloudbreak has been massive and has induced the hershey squirts in all but the most hardened of surfers. I have been up to watch and saw it at 8 – 10 foot – far too big for my skill level. Kelly Slater was there but a foot injury had him relegated to saving others on his jet ski as they fell and were washed onto the reef.
I have had some excellent sessions however at Tavarua Rights, Restaurants and Namotu Lefts.
Surfing royalty abounds with Layne Beachley running a surf camp on the neighbouring island and regularly being spotted in one of the line ups.