Fiji Pro

Tevita Gukilau Wins Fiji GoPro Challenge

During this year's incredible Fiji Pro and Fiji Women's Pro, the Fiji GoPro Challenge was taking place behind the scenes, with a packed field of more than 30 entries. Amid a flurry of entries from the world's best surfers wildcard Tevita Gukilau topped them all.

Gukilau's win earns him $10,000 and a good chunk of surf cinema prestige.

Tevita's Sunset Ride
In his fifth GoPro Challenge entry, Tevita Gukilau finds a clean tube as the sun sets on Fiji.

A panel of five judges -- three from the WSL staff and two from GoPro -- judged submissions, taking into account cinematography, degree of difficulty of shooting, perspective and overall beauty and lighting, each requirement holding equal weight. Tevita's video clearly ticked all the boxes, and then some.

Dantas at Restaurants
Wiggolly finds a glassy barrel to dip into (twice) in his third Fiji GoPro Challenge entry. His entry was runner-up in the GoPro Challenge.

The GoPro Challenge asks competing World Surf League (WSL) athletes to submit their own GoPro videos from the competition venue and surrounding areas, with clips accepted starting two days prior to the contest window and no later than the conclusion of the event. The Challenge in Fiji was the first GoPro contest of the 2016 season and it did not fail to impress.

Want to know how to shoot winning clips? Check out this tutorial.

Tevita's competition was tough. Here are some of the other popular submission from the kickoff event:

Pupo Gets Wet and Wild
This clip from Miguel Pupo was the third-place finisher.
Bethany Finds Cover
Event wildcard Bethany Hamilton sneaks into a barrel at Restaurants.
Slater Vision
Kelly Slater's Cloudbreak POV
Erickson Heads Toward the Light
Sage Erickson captures a smooth ride as the sun sets over the sea.
Pupo's Italo Sighting
Miguel Pupo captures a beautiful shot of Italo Ferreira boosting at Cloudbreak.