In true Canadian fashion I need to say sorry for not blogging over these few days in Fiji but I'm not too sorry because I have been having a pretty great time. It hasn't been without its challenges so far but even without racing I could go home pretty happy tomorrow if I had to.
I arrived in Fiji excited to meet up with the team and get on the water but that was postponed due to me misplacing my wallet, passport and phone....they were all in the same case and somewhere in the shuffle of organizing my paddles, board, luggage, and carry-on bag I must have put it down and not picked it up again. To make a long story short, my passport and wallet were returned but phone and cash were gone. Tough start to my trip but all is good now. I'm glad I had a team of people here to help me out when I realized my stuff was gone.
After a stressful first day I was able to vent some stress by spending two days out on the islands of Fiji's West coast surfing, training and swimming. The water is crystal clear, the reef is clean, the surf is perfect and it's not too crowded. It has been pretty amazing.
We had been in touch with our boat Captain Adrian over the past few months and it was great to finally meet him and have him show us the area and boat us through the distance course by boat. I've now got some top secret tips on how to navigate the islands and the currents running through the deep water channels in the reefs.
Tomorrow is the first day of racing for me and they have just released the heats. There are 4 heats, with 9 men in each heat. Top 4 advance to the 16 person final. I am in Heat 2 which looks like a decent draw. There are no weak paddlers in this event but I'm pretty happy to have avoided heats 3 and 4. Fellow teammate Ryan Knysh is racing in the first heat.
Not sure exactly what time I race tomorrow because they also need to run the Women's technical as well as the prone events. Check www.isaworlds.com for updated info and the live webcast. The event tomorrow starts at 8:00am Fiji time (11:00am Vancouver Time).