Excitement and anticipation is brewing amongst the local crew here in New Ireland. A surfboard donation program is underway in Victoria, Australia to get some much needed boards up to PNG! An awesome guy by the name of Marty Brown has started the initiative, and we can't wait to see Marty when he comes to New Ireland this season to do a trip on PNG Explorer. There aren't any surf shops in PNG, so donations such as these are one of the only way the local crew can get boards to ride. THANKS MARTY!
if you have any old boards you can drop them off at the following VIC drop off points:
· Trigger Brothers Surfboards: all stores
· Mordy Surf: all stores
· Island surfboards: all stores
· Speakys Surf 'n' Skate: Geelong
· Anglesea Surf Centre: Anglesea
We'd like to say goodbye to Adam & Dani of Adventures In Paradise - Surf Charters who are winding up their business to move on to a new life. Ad & Dani were the first Surf Charter Boat in Papua New Guinea, pioneering surf tourism out in the Lavongai area of New Ireland almost 10 years ago. Although they are not disappearing from our shores just yet, they won't be offering surf charters this coming season. Lucky buggers are just going to enjoy the season one last time out on the yacht themselves and a few mates!
NASA sent reps down to Port Moresby for an ISALevel
1 Surf Judging Courseconducted by Glenn Elliot of Surfing
Australia, and faciliated by Surfing Assocation of Papua
New Guinea. Reps from Surf Clubs in Madang, Vanimo,
Wewak and Port Moresby also attended. This is the second
such course which representatives from New Ireland have
attended, and we now have a great bunch of guys who
can judge our local surfers in competitions, and will
also be able to be surf judges at the next PNG National
NASA held its Annual General Meeting at the Kavieng
Club on the 8th April, with excellent attendance from
our Surf Resource Communities and Surf Tourism Operators,
as well as representatives from the New Ireland Tourism
Board & Bureau, National Fisheries Authority and
the New Ireland Provincial Government.
Also in April, NASA and our Surf Club Members had the
opportunity to take Hon.Charles Abel, who is the Minister
for Culture & Tourism in PNG, along with the CEO
of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Mr Peter Vincent,
for a late-season surf at Nago Lefts, here in Kavieng.
The Minister and CEO were visiting Kavieng with Andy
Abel, President of the Surfing Association of Papua
was a busy month!! We also handed over a bunch of surfboards
and boogie boards to the Ungalik Surf Club, which were
donated through the generosity of many individuals and
companies from the Sunshine Coast all the way down to
Sydney. The Surfboard Donations was a coordinated project
between SAPNG, Saiid Metwali who is a member of Sero
Surf Club in Port Moresby, and Jamo Borthwick, a surf
coach from Coolangatta who has done surf coaching courses
up here in Kavieng. Through their tireless efforts,
they were able to secure many boards, clothing, leg
ropes, wax and other sports equipment which were then
distributed to Surf Clubs all over Papua New Guinea.
Boards which came to NASA were then distributed to various
Surf Resource Communities and Surf Clubs in New Ireland
Province. THANK YOU SO MUCH to SAPNG, Saiid and Jamo
for getting it all together!!