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Mark Riley of Riley Balsa Surfboards checks in on balsawood farm

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 March, 2016 - Mark Riley owner of Riley Balsa Surfboards is going to visit the balsawood farm and factory in PNG from where he sources his balsawood and is then taking a group surfing to Kavieng staying at the Nusa Island Retreat, which is the capital of the New Guinean Province of New Ireland situated on the northern tip of the island.

Mark has been building Eco friendly Balsa boards for the past 20 years and originally sourced his balsawood from Ecuador, but 5 years ago discovered a much better quality wood in PNG, and since then has been importing containers of balsawood from PNG.

Mark and his party  are travelling to PNG by Air Nuigini direct to the balsawood farm and then onto Kavieng . At the factory Mark will select some balsawood to take  with him to Kavieng so he  will be able to build boards with the  assistance of the locals.

Mark will be taking with him 200kgs.of equipment courtesy of Air Nuigini to enable him to build boards with the locals

The whole adventure will be recorded and documented by Ian Henderson and the crew from Limelight Creative Media. They will focus on a stand alone video that will highlight the ecological benefits of using balsa instead of PU foam and also the work carried out by  SAPNG and  PNGPTA.

Mark will meet up with Andy Able from SAPNG - SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. They have developed a unique and sustainable foundation upon which the surfing resource is developed and managed for the collective benefit of its traditional resource custodians and SAPNG affiliated surf clubs and commercial. The rest of the world needs to take note.

This is the inaugural adventure to meet and surf with the locals and to build  boards with them and create great new friendships. The group will staying at the beautiful Nusa Island Retreat which is renowned for its eco friendly environment and thinking.

This will be a yearly event so if you are interested in the 2017 trip contact Mark and start planning now.

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