Fiji is synonymous with ‘laid-back tropical lifestyle’. In the middle of the South Pacific, 2,500km west of Australia and 2,000km north of New Zealand, the clock ticks slower on ‘Fiji time’. The 332 volcanic islands of white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons also exude that South Sea Island vibe. But it would be a mistake to assume the relaxed way of life and sedative kava cups bear any resemblance to conditions on the water. While there are countless chilled-out freeride venues and the water’s bath-warm all year round, Fiji’s real potential lies on the surrounding reefs where long, fast, powerful waves break over razor-sharp coral. Reliable trade winds and clean groundswell turn the south coast into the ‘Land of the Lefts’, especially the ‘Coral Coast’ of the main island Viti Levu and the tiny Mamanuca Islands out west.