SIF: What’s it like to surf out there against Fijian royalty? (Aca Ravulo is the son of the Chief of Tavarua)
KS: Ha, ha! It’s cool. It’s great surfing with Aca. I mean we surf together all the time, but usually there’s no priority and he gets all the waves.
SIF: Tell me about the situation out there what went down?
KS: Not much went down in fact. It was a slow first ten minutes. We could have had a restart in fact, but I got a 5.6 or something. On the ski going back out, a really good set came in like 6 foot or something. And he was paddling out. Two or three really good waves went through so and we missed them. It was a funny heat. I had a few in the later half, nothing great. I just got the better of the picks at the end, that’s all.
SIF: You’ve won Fiji three times now, what is it going to take to win this time?
KS: For everyone to get out of my way! Ha! We’ll see, you never know. You deal with Restaurants and Cloudbreak and high and low tides. There are some funny winds this week. I think we are going to be at Cloudbreak tomorrow or the next day.
SIF: Do you have any advice for the regular footers out there who want to surf Restaurants?
KS: Just go fast! And hold that rail.
SIF: You were missing in Round 1, everything well back in Florida?
KS: Yeah, my brother’s baby hasn’t come but I had a feeling that we weren’t going to surf until yesterday or today, looking at the forecast. And suddenly it picked up surprising everyone.Of course it surprised Parko. I don’t think that he meant to miss that heat. I mean, he was here, and he missed his heat, so I don’t feel so bad.
SIF: Restaurants versus Cloudbreak, what’s your favorite?
KS: I think I like Cloudbreak better, there’s a little bit more juice and more variety. Here if you get too much interval, Restaurants gets too fast and chattery. And more often than not, the wind is a little funky on it. I think Cloudbreak offers you the best waves of your life and the best turns you could ever do, so overall, I think Cloudbreak is a more dynamic wave. At that same time, Restaurants is the most perfect wave on Earth. Most the people I talk to say Restaurants but I for one go for Cloudbreak.