Cloudbreak To Be Opened To The Public?
According to a post on www.radiofiji.com.fj, a “Regulation of Surfing Areas Decree” has been passed in Fiji that states, “Surfing areas around the country are now open to anyone who wants to use them.” What this means is that spots like Cloudbreak and Restaurants will be open to the public, not just paying guests of (in the case of those two spots) Tavarua Resort. While the decree hasn’t yet been put into effect and can still be fought in court, it’s possible that someday soon anyone will be able to surf anywhere in Fiji anytime they want, kinda like the rest of the world…
As reported on www.radiofiji.com.fj
Surf’s Up in Fiji with new decree
Surfing areas around the country are now open to anyone who wants to use them under the new Regulation of Surfing Areas Decree.
Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says this will allow access to any surfing area in Fiji without payment or compensation, and enhance Fiji’s image as a premier surf travel destination.
In the past some top surfing areas were restricted by hotels or resorts that had leases over the area and imposed payment and conditions for their use.
The Decree cancels any existing instrument of title, including any lease or license – without payment of any compensation.
All interests for any surfing area in Fiji have been vested to the Director of Lands and the decree excludes any challenges in court against the cancellation of existing interests.
As the Minister responsible, Sayed-Khaiyum will determine a date for the commencement of the Decree.