Lets face it, there is never enough surfing in anyone’s life, the constraints of family life, work commitments, lacklustre swells and the pesky night time all get in the way of surfing as much as we would like, but now you have an opportunity to surf whenever you want, whatever the weather or local surf conditions. Tavarua is a surfing board game, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and has been invented by Cody Miller of Far Off Games. Tavarua allows you to compete with family and friends in the comfort of your own home to prove you are a master surfer!
Cody grew up on the Pacific coast influenced by his surfing Dad and wanted to design a game that would interest and appeal to everyone and that he could also play with his Dad. The result is a compact tabletop game for 1-6 players, where you select a surfer and board and paddle out to pick off the perfect wave, whilst maintaining balance and performing various tricks including airs, tube rides and cutbacks.
At first the game appears quite cluttered and confusing but once you understand the rules and the see the game in play it soon becomes clear. An excellent explanation of the game in play can be found here courtesy of Ricky Royal from Box of Delights. The game is well thought out, the graphics look great and the playing pieces and cards are really nicely designed.
Cody is seeking help through Kickstarter to launch Tavarua and at the time of writing, 241 investors have pledged support with over $10 000 to the $30 000 goal already in the bag. Refreshingly, Cody is offering only 3 rewards – for a pledge of $1 you will receive project updates along the way, $39 will secure you a copy of the game and for $49 you will receive a collectors edition of Tavarua. The game ships to anywhere in the world and you can find out full details at the official Kickstarter page here. You can also find the official Tavarua Kickstarter funding video below this article.
Who wouldn’t want a surfing board game in their life? Take a look and let us know what you think of Tavarua the board game and are there any improvements or tricks you would like to see added?