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Auckland readies for biggest learn to surf project yet

 

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Learn To Surf Programme Set For Auckland

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 August, 2012 : - - Auckland students will be hitting the water in October with a three week long learn to surf programme which will be staged at Piha Beach on the West Coast. The programme will give students the ultimate chance to hit the waves as the country winds into another summer of fun at the beach.

Surfing New Zealand has partnered up with ASB Community Trust to deliver a three week long ASB Community Trust Have A Go Surfing Days which will take place from the 17th October through to the 7th of November.

The programme is aimed at Year 8 and below school children who are keen to give surfing a go. Over ten schools from West and South Auckland have already signed up to be part of the action. Many of the schools have noted that most of their students would not have had the chance to experience surfing without this programme but they are super keen to give it a shot.

Approximately 800 students from approximately 15 schools will take part in the programme which is already experiencing high demand with limited spaces available.

"We are excited to partner up with ASB Community Trust and bring this learn to surf programme to Auckland" says Surfing New Zealand Development Manager Lee Ryan. "This is the biggest learn to surf project that we have undertaken. Schools will get bussed out to Piha for the day and have lessons from internationally accredited surf instructors. We are sure they will have the time of their lives" added Ryan of the daily activities.

The surf lessons include a fun-filled practical lesson in the water as well as some theory on land prior to getting wet. Students learn about the ocean and ways to stay safe in the water as well as the best techniques to get up and riding and enjoy the thrill of catching waves.

"We have a big focus on beach safety and teaching the kids about rips and currents and how to keep out of danger. These skills remain with kids for a life time. Even if they do not continue to surf they can use these skills whenever they go to the beach" said Ryan.

Partners, ASB Community Trust, are delighted to be helping Auckland students get to the beach for the programme. The Trust's CEO Jennifer Gill said it is a great opportunity for children to participate in a popular KiwiSport.

"We support organisations that focus on community participation and engagement in recreation," she says. "and we like the way Surfing New Zealand has designed this project to allow children from lower-decile schools to get out and try a new sport."

The programme follows on from the successful implementation of the Kiwi Sport Have A Go Surfing Days that have been held in Northland, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Wellington. Over 1100 eager youngsters from forty schools have had a taste of surfing in these five regions, some of whom are now hooked on the sport.

The learn to surf programme is the first step of the development pathway for surfers who can then move on to surfing at events. Events include the Primary School Championships, the New Zealand Grommet Series which offers three divisions for boys and girls - Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 and the Regional and National Scholastic Championships held each year.

For more information on the ASB Community Trust Have A Go Surfing Days please contact Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz. Alternatively, please contact Surfing New Zealand Development Manager Lee Ryan on 0211160160 or lee.ryan@surfingnz.co.nz.

www.surfingnz.co.nz

Source: Surfing NZ

Author: Ben Kennings

Tags: New Zealand, Auckland, Learn to Surf

Events: Surfersvillage

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