Fitting for the man who played such a big part in the Fiji government's decision to open up the destination's waves to every surfer, Ian Muller of Nadi has taken out the 2011 Red Bull Surf Open, presented by Red Bull, in close to perfect conditions at Hideaway on the Coral Coast yesterday.
A classy display of tube riding impressed judges and spectators and saw Ianâ€™s two wave total of 16.17 out of 20, eclipse a very strong field in the final. Ian took home the new High Definition GoPro video camera for his efforts.
â€œIâ€™d just like to thank all the organiserâ€™s and sponsors of the event - Red Bull, GoPro, Electric Sunnies, Fiji Surf and of course Fiji Hideaway Resort - for hosting us throughout the day.â€ Ian said after his victory. â€œItâ€™s been a great day and we scored some great waves.â€
Victor Magginity of Suva, the current Fiji Surf Association ratings leader, ran a close second after being one of the standout performers throughout the day. Victor won an Electric Sunglasses prize pack for second place.
Ratu Aca Ravulo of Cuvu grabbed third place ahead of 2009 Red Bull Fiji open champion Paul Chong-Sue of Sigatoka in fourth. Both received prize packs donated by Fiji Surf Shop and McDonalds.
Ian Muller is one of the Fijian surfers who played a major role in having the Fiji government pass a decree opening the waves of the country to all surfers and not just the privileged few staying at resiorts which formerlky controlled the breaks.
Now, thanks to people like Ian, surfers can surf wherever and whenever they like in Fiji.
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Thanks for that Ian.