Businessman, local to Suva Fiji.
Sailing circumnavigation on family yacht ‘Tau’ in 2000 and have logged 50,000 miles doing various blue water delivery crossings in different parts of the world.
President of the Fiji Surfing Association for the past seven years. Also business development manager of the Fiji Yachting Association and convenor of the Fiji Water Safety Council steering committee.
Raced windsurfers & Hobie’s competitively for 15 years at national, regional, & world championship level.
Scott O’Connor, part owner / manager of Namotu Island Resort, and one of the original pioneers of wave sailing. Toured professionally around the world for ten years and has over 20 National titles in sailing and windsurfing. Started Namotu Island resort in 1995 (one of the most successful watersports resorts in the world) and has been the Managing Director ever since.
Exec Committee (SUP)
A former multiple windsurfing World Champion and Olympian, Tony’s company Alizes Ltd has a Showroom and Boutique at Vuda Point Marina called the ‘GREENROOM’. Now a pioneer and leading SUP’er in the country, Tony is actively pursuing ways and methods to help grow the sport from the grass level up in Fiji. Presently he is campaigning an event concept called Summer SUP, which entails a social gathering of SUP’ers or energetic people who have a common passion and enjoyment for the ocean and stand-up paddling (SUP).
Matia Waqa Geli
Exec Committee, Tavarua rep
Matia Waqa Geli hails from Nabila Village, the closest village on the mainland to Cloudbreak. He has been surfing since he was 9 years old and currently works as supervisor on Tavarua Island Resort. He is a father of 3 and his son at age 16 also surfs!
Part owner / manager Adrenalin. Brought up in Fiji, Uri was also in the Australian Navy for 10 years as part of Team 1, Navy Clearance Diver. Uri has returned to Fiji and is heavily involved in boating, tourism, water sports, recreational diving and commercial diving.
I began surfing at the age of 13 in Southern California. Now at 66, I still enjoy a good session. With an attitude of ‘surf for life’, my home break is the Lighthouse in Suva . I was a founding member of the FSA in 1994 as we prepared for the South Pacific Games in Tahiti in 1995, and was fortunate enough to win a silver medal in the longboard. I joined the Quiksilver Crossing as it passed through Fiji and again in French Polynesia. I have three surfing daughters Carli, Budgie and Talei.
I have recently retired from The University of the South Pacific as a lecturer in Marine Science, where my main course was Coral Reef Ecology and Management. I now work privately in my own firm Biological Consultants Fiji, specialising in coral reef related projects.