Top 10 Stories Of 2010

Above: Monster Cloudbreak takes on all challengers…not just those staying at Tavarua.

10. Cloudbreak Opened To The Public

Fiji has always been a world-class surf destination—just think of its two most famous breaks; Cloudbreak and Restaurants. But because Tavarua Resort had exclusive rights to those two waves, random boats and surfers couldn’t just pull up and surf. For some, it was like surfing’s version of the Garden Of Eden, but for those who couldn’t afford it, they were relegated to less quality spots.

But everything changed in July when the Fijian Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum instituted the “Regulation of Surfing Areas Decree,” which allows access to any surfing area in Fiji without payment or compensation, and will enhance Fiji’s image as a premier surf travel destination.

The first swell to hit Cloudbreak after the decree was for all accounts and purposes, a shit show. Some guy on a kayak got cleaned up, the lineup was packed, and tension was high. According to reports, it’s since mellowed out after the novelty wore off and Tavarua lowered their prices.

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