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Twenty surf schools from around the country have combined forces for National Surfing Day to offer heavily discounted surf lessons with proceeds going to Disabled Surfers New Zealand.
National Surfing Day takes place on Sunday 1st December – the official start to summer. This will be the first time the initiative takes place in New Zealand. A raft of activities planned around the country, mean that this summer will be introduced in style.
The Surfing New Zealand accredited surf schools will be offering a limited number of lessons during Sunday morning. Professional tuition by qualified surf instructors will see participants learn about surf safety and everything they need to know to get up and riding along the wave – one of the most pleasing feelings in the world.
“Getting a lesson gives you a head start for your surfing” commented Tutukaka Surf Experience instructor Simon Egginton.
“Qualified instructors give you good advice and they short cut a lot of the challenges people face when learning to surf by thelselves. You also get to utilise the right equipment such as longer boards with soft tops to reduce the chance of injury” he added.
Egginton was delighted to see the proceeds from National Surfing Day lessons going to Disabled Surfers New Zealand. “The feeling of riding waves is truly remarkable and Disabled Surfers New Zealand offer that same opportunity to people that would never have imagined they could experience surfing in the ocean. The money raised could not go to a better charity” said Eggniton.
A social media campaign was carried out giving Surfing New Zealand Facebook fans the chance to vote who they thought was the most deserving recipient with Disabled Surfers New Zealand coming out on top with the most votes.
“Disabled Surfers New Zealand’s motto is ‘smiles on dials’, that’s what we provide” said DSNZ spokesperson Luke Springall.
“We continue to live by our motto and we think it is important for surfers to give back, it makes you appreciate that you can go in the water any day you choose whether the surf is pumping or small and onshore.”
“Just seeing those smiles as people ride down a wave is amazing and being the recipient of proceeds from the National Surfing Day lessons means we can continue providing those valuable moments well into next year” added Springall.
Outside the structured lessons, surfers from around New Zealand are encouraged to hit the beach and get wet to celebrate National Surfing Day. That may be at a remote beach, with friends and family or with complete strangers, whichever way you enjoy the ocean the most.
Boardrider clubs around the country are also planning ocean activities and get-togethers.
Summer is a time when the coastal waters of New Zealand are bustling with action. 4,800,000 surf sessions take place during the summer months. For most people, the longer days mean more of a chance to get out and have a surf before or after work or double up with a couple of surfs on weekend days.
Surfing is a highly social activity too. Everyone can share their own tales, visual or otherwise, of how they celebrated the day by using the #nationalsurfingday hash tag and joining in on the fun through social media.
Check out the list of participating surf schools. If you are keen, register for a surf lesson with a surf school near you.
Tutukaka Surf Experience, Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast
O’Neill Surf Academy NZ, Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast
O’Neill Surf Academy NZ, Tawharanui
Muriwai Surf School, Muriwai
NZ Surf Tours, Piha
Ratso's Lion Rock Surf School, Piha
Tamariki Tours, Piha
Surf the Elements Tours, Piha
Surfin Safaris, Waiuku
Bay of Plenty
Waihi Surf School, Waihi Beach
Hibiscus Surf School, Mount Maunganui
Mount Surf Academy, Mount Maunganui
By Salt Spray Surf School, Westend, Ohope Beach
Walking on Water Surf School, Gisborne
Hawkes Bay Learn to Surf, Waimarama Beach, Hawkes Bay
Epic Surf School, Otaki Beach, Kapiti Coast, Wellington
Real Surf Shop, Lyall Bay
Boardsilly Bazil’s Hostel, Westport
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