Cloudbreak, Fiji

Cloudbreak, Fiji


Cloudbreak is one of the best waves in the Pacific islands, the best lefts in the world, and all round one of the best waves in the world. It was once also the most expensive in the world, which thankfully is no longer the case. The rights to surfing Cloudbreak used to be owned by the resort on Tavarua Island. In 2011 the laws that allowed ownership of the ocean and waters around Fiji were overturned. Now the greater surfing world can feast upon Cloudbreak with more than just their eyes.

Cloudbreak Surfing

flickr image by BOMBTWINZ

Cloudbreak is an outer fringing reef, a couple of kilometres from Tavarua Island. It receives the full force of swell generated down in the Southern Ocean and creates an all-powerful, thick, sometimes barrelling lefthander. The wave is split into three sections, rather like G-land. “The Point” furthest out, has the most swell but is not so critical and allows big carving.

Cloudbreak Surfing Fiji

flickr image by Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer

At “The Middle” the wave begins to line up and barrel. When it reaches “The Inside” it pitches in a top to bottom barrel and the fast moving hollow giants provide a genuine barrel-fest.

Surf to Cloudbreak, Fiji

flickr by BOMBTWINZ

Most of the time the sections do not connect up and some swells produce unpredictable waves with a shifting take-off and close-outs occur. Sometimes a rare clean, long interval swell will deliver a magical non-sectioning Cloudbreak.

Date posted: 26th July, 2017

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