Surfing New Zealand Updates
ASB Community Trust Have A Go Surfing Days Launch in Northland
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 October, 2014 - The expanded ASB Community Trust Have a Go Surfing Days kicked off at the world famous Ninety Mile Beach this week. For the first time, Northland schools have been included in the program.
Over the next two weeks, primary and intermediate schools from throughout the Northland region will take part in the programme before finishing up with three weeks at Piha and Muriwai beaches of Auckland’s West Coast.
“We are excited to partner up with ASB Community Trust and expand this learn to surf programme to Northland. It is the third year running we have teamed up and brought surfing to these youngsters that may otherwise not get to experience the thrill of the ocean” says Surfing New Zealand Development Manager Lee Ryan.
“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 lifetime. Even if they do not continue to surf they can use these skills whenever they go to the beach and that is an important legacy of the programme” said Ryan.
Auckland students will get their chance to surf come the 24th of November with the first week held at Piha followed by a week at Muriwai and a final week back at Piha Beach.
Students are bussed to their surf destination each day. As well as valuable water safety education, the surf lessons include a fun-filled practical lesson in the water and theory on land prior to getting wet. Students learn about the best techniques to get up and riding and enjoy the thrill of catching waves.
We work with the teachers too and encourage them to join the students in the water. That way they can experience the thrill that they see gleaming across their students faces day after day” said Ryan.
The programme, which won the Awareness Award at the 2013 Sealord Water Safety NZ Awards follows on from three successful years of Kiwi Sport Have A Go Surfing Days that have been delivered in Northland, North Harbour, Waitakere, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Otago. Approximately 1,000 eager youngsters now get the opportunity to go surfing under the programme each year.
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 14, Under 17 and Under 20 and the Regional and National Scholastic Championships held annually.