Surfing in Fiji requires the same attention to weather, current conditions, and other surfers as does surfing anywhere else. The difference is that Fiji surf breaks tend to be extremely powerful and can take you by surprise if you don't know what you're doing, or if you're not a strong swimmer. Another safety concern with surfing in Fiji is the coral reefs. If you're surfing in Fiji, you're surfing over coral. This can result in scrapes, cuts, and gashes if you're not careful.
Fiji is not the place to try out untested skills or to push yourself when you just aren't feeling it. The results could be disastrous.
Unique Surf Conditions Affect Surfing In Fiji
Fiji's unique surfing environment affects how you surf and even who can surf the breaks. Strong and powerful waves break over coral reefs, which can be challenging for beginners and experienced surfers alike if you're not used to it.
The fact that you're out in open water and not near a beach is another way Fiji differs from many other surfing locales. You must be fit and have strong swimming skills when surfing in Fiji. Treading water won't cut it when you're tossed from your board or get caught up in a rip.
Ways To Stay Safe While Surfing In Fiji
- Know your limits. If you know you can't handle a break, don't try it. Enjoy watching others from afar or the safety of the boat, but don't attempt something if you're tired or unsure of your abilities.
- Wear safety gear. Wear a leash so your board doesn’t get away from you. Wear a rashie, wetsuit top, and plenty of sunscreen to avoid any regrets the next day. Wear booties if you don't know how to get back on your board without standing on the reef.
- Practice good surf etiquette. Look out for other surfers. Don't paddle in front of them. Give up the right of way if someone else is closer.
- Learn to recognise rips. Riptides are strong currents that can be deadly if you get caught up in one and can't get out. Look for uneven waves and avoid them. Chances are a rip is hitting them. If you get caught in a rip, paddle parallel to the beach until the rip releases you or paddle at an angle until you can paddle back in easily.
- Pay attention to the tides. The tides greatly affect swells in Fiji. Some spots are dangerous or even unsurfable depending on the tide. Consult your Namotu Island Resort guide for insider advice on which spots to avoid during high or low tides.
Keep these safety tips in mind when surfing in Fiji and you're certain to have the time of your life, riding swells you've only dreamed about. And remember, the staff at Namotu Island Resort is here to ensure you have a fantastic and fun surfing vacation. If you have any questions about the day's surfing or certain breaks, just ask! We'll be happy to share our knowledge with you.