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Do you always get a little nervous before a surf trip? That ‘will we get waves’ feeling? Will there be enough swell, what about the winds?

That’s what is playing on the minds of four young Kiwi surfers as they head to Fiji today for the first Fiji Launch Pad camp.

Camp manager Derek Morrison made the call to his mate Ben Matson at Swell Net and was pretty stoked with his response:

“We’ve got a solid series of swells on the way for Cloudbreak, with the synoptic pattern a little more complex than what we’re used to seeing,” he explains.

“However the biggest pulse from this pattern will be more southerly in direction than what we’re used to seeing across the Fijian region, thanks to the origin of this energy being so close to New Zealand’s West Coast.”

“At this stage the main swell is expected to build rapidly through Sunday towards a peak on Monday, somewhere north of 10-12ft at Cloudbreak with excellent 4-6ft surf likely at Restaurants. Because of the way this system will unfold in the Tasman Sea, there’s likely to be a couple of swell trains in the water and this may create some unusual bends and curves through the line-up. Winds will be moderate to fresh S/SE Sunday, tending SE Monday, so it’ll be challenging at Cloudbreak, but perfect for Restaurants.”

Looks like the boys will have options aplenty for the week they are there and if you look further out, there is a second storm brewing under Australia.

We will keep you updated on all the action from the week as the team in Fiji send images, clips and reports back from their adventures.

The #FijiLaunchPad2017 has been made possible with the support of Surfing New Zealand, Box of Light and Skinnies.

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