Aussie Jared Neal loving Tupira during World Championship event in March 2017. Pic: WSL/Nicholls

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The success of the inaugural 2017 PNG Kumul World Longboard Championship event at the Tupira Surf Club in mid March, co hosted by the Surfing Association Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) and World Surf League (WSL), sees SAPNG now working towards staging of the second PNG World Longboard Championship in March 2018 in Vanimo, Sandaun Province.

Vanimo will be followed in 2019 by Kavieng, New Ireland Province , Bougainville in 2020 and then back to Madang in 2021.
Says the president and co-founder of SAPNG Andy Abel:
“As SAPNG marks 30 years since foundation, it is our long term plan to showcase and raise the profile of the coastal provinces that SAPNG has established our home grown model and policies that underpin the Surf Management plans (SMP) in partnership with the respective traditional resource custodian host communities, to enable them to participate in the staging of this annual prestigious surfing event and empower our local surfing athletes (male and female) to compete on the world stage.
“Sports-tourism is a great platform, and we the surfing community of Papua New Guinea are working together with our sponsors and supporters to ensure that Papua New Guinea receives the positive exposure that we’ve worked hard to develop over the last three decades.
“We look forward to once again show casing Papua New Guinea to the world in March 2018 in Vanimo Sandaun Province with an even bigger event beamed live to the world and nationally around PNG.”

The full crew of competitors in 2017. And everyone got a hand-carved trophy. Pic: Andrew Carruther / Narrow Path Media


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