Island memories . . . Jarwin, left, and Otis Carey with their boards that took them to Samoa for the World Indigenous Surfing
Island memories . . . Jarwin, left, and Otis Carey with their boards that took them to Samoa for the World Indigenous Surfing

Have board, will travel

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

AFTER surfing overseas for the first time the Carey brothers can now look at life with a 'have surfboard, can travel' attitude.

The pair have just returned from Samoa where 17-year-old Otis and younger brother Jarwin, 14, have competed in the World Indigenous Surfing Challenge with a great deal of success.

Winning the trophies isn't the biggest memory the boys will take away from Salani Beach.

"It's the friendships that the boys made while they were over there," proud father Rod said.

"The boys have got offers for places to stay from people in Samoa and Tahiti, from all the indigenous people they met."

Both surfers made the final of the under 18 division where the older brother just pipped his younger sibling for second place.

Otis actually received a bonus call up into the open men's competition due to another competitor pulling out and then an injury forced another from the field.

The landscape gardener took full advantage of his chance to finish third among some of the island nation's top surfing talent.

The conditions were something that the pair hadn't encountered before as all the surfing was done an outer reef as there was no beach break.

The reef created some pretty heavy waves but it wasn't something unexpected.

"We received an e-mail announcing the team and the boys were stoked but a little bit apprehensive," Rod said. "We jumped on the net and had a look at waves there on some pictures and there were solid 10 to 15 foot waves which is an unknown for them.

"Competing against surfers from Samoa and Tahiti who are experienced in those conditions the boys were more apprehensive about the unknown."

The Carey's shouldn't have been as their results show. And the offers of hospitality they've received, more experience on the island waves is probably only a phone call away



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