National Surfing Day is held annually on the first weekend day of summer.
The celebration takes place throughout New Zealand with the country’s 145,000 surfers encouraged to get out into the ocean and enjoy it the best way everyone knows how. That may be at a remote beach, with friends and family or with complete strangers. Surfers are encouraged to introduce someone new to the sport as well and show them the powerful attraction of the ocean environment and riding waves.
Summer is a time when the coastal waters of New Zealand are bustling with action. 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.
Approximately fourteen million surfing sessions take place annually in New Zealand. Over a third of surf sessions or 4,800,000 sessions take place during the three months of summer when surfers capitalise on the warmer water and air temperatures as well as longer daylight hours.
For beginners wanting to give surfing a go, Surfing New Zealand accredited surf schools are the best way to start on National Surfing Day.
Surfing New Zealand’s network of boardrider clubs use the day to gather at their local beach or clubrooms where they run events, drive membership, conduct beach clean ups and introduce friends and family to the sport we all love.
The official hashtag for the day is #nationalsurfingday so get out there, have fun and enjoy the ocean.