Saturday, June 6, 2015
Updated: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Upon arriving for the Fiji Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT) surfers were welcomed to Tavarua with a traditional opening ceremony, with Chief Druku presiding.
At the center of the traditional opening ceremony is the presentation and imbibing of Kava, a root-based drink.
Taj Burrow (AUS), soaking it all in.
Jeep rankings leader Adriano de Souza (BRA) presents Chief Druku with a gift of Kava.
Filipe Toledo (BRA) takes a sip of Kava, a sign of appreciation for his hosts and the tradition.
Kelly Slater (USA) and Josh Kerr (AUS), all smiles in paradise -- and at one of Slater's favorite breaks.
Kava bowls, lined up in preparation for the welcome ceremony.
Fijian dancers welcome the Top 34.