While we collectively lose our minds over the crazy footage and tales of bravado coming out of yesterday’s XXL Cloudbreak session, let’s for a moment turn back the clock to the days leading up to the peak of the swell.

For those not looking to wrestle the monsters bearing down on Fiji, the early pulses of swell turned Tavarua into a regular surfer’s dream.

Restaurants was as pretty as a picture, and punters and big wave surfers alike dined out on the tropical perfection. Quite the entrée when considering what would be served as a main a couple of days later.