Saturday, May 30, 2015
Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2015
As the Top 17 prepare to compete in the Fiji Women's Pro, they are first invited to participate in a traditional opening ceremony to celebrate the rich heritage of the island nation.
Hawaiians Malia Manuel and Coco Ho enjoying island paradise as they gather for the ceremony.
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) enthralled by the ceremony's traditions.
At the center of the ceremony is the gift of Kava, a root-based drink. Here, Malia Manuel (HAW) presents a container of Kava to the master of ceremonies, Chief Druku.
After the gifts are presented, the Kava is passed around to the ceremony's attendees. Lakey Peterson (USA) gives it a try.
Dimity Stoyle (AUS) sips Kava during the opening ceremony.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) accepts the Kava drink.
Drink up, Carissa Moore (HAW), after this it's game on.