(Barrigada, Guam –– Nov. 7, 2013) Guahan Napu Inc., the local non-profit surfing and body-boarding federation, is fielding a five-athlete surfing team to Fiji to compete in the 2013 Melanesian Surf Cup, Dec. 6 to 8.
Team Guahan Napu comprises Shane Pier, Derrick Ikehara and Aaron Taylor, who will compete in the Open Shortboard category; junior female surfer Alison Bowman, who will compete in the Girls Short Board division; and junior male surfer Jared Brandon Gogue, who will enter the Boys Under 18 Short Board category. Each of these surf athletes have variously won top placings in local surfing competitions as well as have had exposure in overseas contests. Rounding up the team are Willi Byerly, Guahan Napu president and Gregg Ikehara, vice president. Byerly is team manager while Gregg Ikehara will be joining the pool of judges from all the participating islands. Each participating island nation is required to provide at least one judge during the competition days. Fiji Surfing Association, the host federation, is organizing a two-day judging clinic which will be conducted by an International Surfing Association head judge from Australia, prior to the contest.
[Photo: Front row left to right: Gregg Ikehara and Willi Byerly, Guahan Napu Inc’s vice president and president respectively. Back row left to right: Shane Pier, Alison Bowman, Aaron Taylor, Derrick Ikehara and Jared Brandon Gogue. Photo courtesy of Guahan Napu, Inc.]
According to FSA, “the competition heats will take place at some of Fiji’s and the world’s highest regarded surf breaks such as Cloudbreak, Namotu Lefts, Restaurants and Swimming Pools.” The other Pacific island nations which will be competing at the event are Fiji (host nation), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
The Guahan Napu team is scheduled to leave on Dec. 1 for Fiji. The association is raising travel funds through the sale of T-shirts at local retailers such as Lotus Surf Shop, DNA EVO and Chase & Flight boutique. The organization has held two fundraisers at Tumon Bay Lobster and Grill. It is also appealing for financial sponsorship from the business community. Byerly says any individual or organization who wishes to make a financial contribution to help defray the travel costs is welcome to contact him.
For more information, contact Willi Byerly at 483-1376, or e-mail to email@example.com, or follow Guahan Napu on Facebook.
Article from a press release.