The long slow swell of the sea steepens into a wave with a white crown and breaks in a rush toward the land. This is the dream of surfers, finding yet another wave to ride.
Fiji may be the place where surfing began. There is a legend that centuries ago for the first time anyone ever rode a wave to shore was either on the island of Taveuni or at Udu Point on the North Eastern corner of Vanua Levu.
Such ancient myths are hard to prove, but Fiji is proving to be an exciting challenge for modern surfers.
Unlike surfing in Australia or Hawaii, the surf in Fiji most often breaks on coral reefs. Called "reef breaks", they are influenced by the tide and show unique power and speed as the wave abruptly encounters the steep slope of the coral and expands its energy over a short distance.
A visiting surfer will find a host of different surfing spots along the wave washed shores of the Fiji archipelago.
The best thing is that surfing is still in its infancy and outside the "known" spots, there is a whole world or waves just waiting for the explorer to find. With over 300 islands the chances of finding another "Cloudbreak" are high.
You just have to make a commitment to "go!" Most of the well known breaks are off the main island of Viti Levu, but access to them often requires a boat and local directions.
The 3 main areas for surfing in Fiji are the Mamanuca Islands, particularly Tavarua and Namotu Islands, the beach breaks along the Sigatoka sand dunes, and the Coral Coast which includes the offshore Frigates Passage and the many passages along the coastline.
West of Suva, Pacific Harbour is the jump-off point for Yanuca Island which boasts 2 surf camps that run daily boats to the surf at Frigates.
Five miles out to sea you come across Frigate Pass and one of the best waves in Fiji.
Further West are more surfing opportunities; Hideaway with its short, gnarly wave, the beach break at the Sigatoka sand dunes, Tavarua Island with its world class surf and three exceptional breaks.
While surfing may once have been a popular pastime with the locals, it is a relatively new sport for Fiji.
You can meet many of the locals and their families at Natadola beach where the sheltered bay makes an ideal place for beginners. Outside the bay has waves for the serious surfer.