Leimalo Surf Festival coming up. Photo: Peter Carroll

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The Vanuatu Surfing Association is hosting one of the biggest surfing events of the year from Wednesday 12th to Monday 17th of April.

The inaugural Leimalo Surf Festival will be held in Pango Village attracting international surfers from across the Pacific and surf clubs from Vanuatu including Tanna, Pele, Eratap, Efalias and Pango.

Divisions include open men and women, under fourteen boys and girls, open mixed longboard, the Pacific Teams Challenge, which will see surfers from across the Pacific take part and the highlight of the event, the Pro Junior under eighteen boys and girls.

The event will begin on Wednesday 12th April, in conjunction with Fondation Susanne Bastien’s ‘Leimalo Surf Art Exhibition’ with the opening ceremony taking place from 5pm at the gallery.

The art exhibition will showcase surf art from local and expatriate artists, including Narsong Taleo, Michael and Gideon Arudali, Peter Carroll, Arlene Bax, Marie St.Hilaire, Simon Pettiford and young surfers.

Following the opening ceremony the surfing competition will begin Thursday 13th April and conclude on Monday 17th April.

Surfing will take place from roughly 7am-11am each day to coincide with high tide.

Monday 17th will see Vanuatu’s first program for people with a disability, Surfability, take place to promote surfing as an inclusive and accessible sport.

In conjunction with The Rainbow Theatre and Vanuatu Society for People with a Disability, surfing will begin at 9am, followed by a performance from The Rainbow Theatre at 11.30am.

The Vanuatu Surfing Association is inviting the public to come to Pango and celebrate the Leimalo Surf Festival and Surfability events.

For more information or to enter or take part in any event follow the Vanuatu Surfing Association on Facebook, email or contact Sam on 777 4422.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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