Vanuatu’s leading female surfer launches country’s first board shaping business

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A young girl took to the waves every day with her bruised and battered surfboard. She was told not to go into the ocean to play in the waves.

If she was a boy, things might have been easier. But she couldn’t change who she was and, more to the point, she didn’t want to. She often wondered about the board she tucked under her arm as she waded into the clear blue waters of Vanuatu. Where did it come from? Who made it? Why didn’t it sink? It took this little girl twelve years to understand the secrets of her first surfboard.

Resmah Kalotiti won’t tell you that she is the best female surfer in Vanuatu, but she is. At twenty years old, she has a unique style both in and out of the water. It’s the style of a trailblazer. It’s the style of someone who is quietly confident, not only with herself but in the universe playing out her destiny.

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Vanuatu’s surfers – making dreams come true

The Vanuatu Surfing Association’s girls’ team competed this week in the Surfest Schools’ Challenge in Newcastle, NSW, Australia (click image to play video):

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Video: skiing with the cowfish at Pango


Vanuatu beats New Caledonia to win surfing title

Vanuatu retook the Melanesian Cup of Surfing title from New Caledonia last week at Pango. Here’s a great image of one of Vanuatu’s up-and-coming talents in the sport. Vanuatu yes!!!

Norman Kalotiti of Vanuatu competes in the Melanesian Cup of Surfing last week in Pango, Efate. He came second in the under-18s division and helped Vanuatu to win back the Melanesian Cup of Surfing from New Caledonia. Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheKavaEmporium.

Roger Norman Kalotiti of Vanuatu competes in the Melanesian Cup of Surfing last week in Pango, Efate. He came second in the under-18s division and helped Vanuatu to win back the Melanesian Cup of Surfing from titleholders New Caledonia. Photo via The Kava Emporium.