Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sumner Longboarders 20th Birthday Celebration Weekend

The commemorative chocolate cake

Great ideas sometimes come in a flash, sometimes they are organic and grow and sometimes the stars all align and lots of disparate things just gravitate towards each other. The latter was the case with the brilliant weekend just experienced by the Sumner Longboarders and friends to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a formal club.

Annie Bermingham turned on the light when she realised last year the clubs 20th anniversary was coming up. The committee had already decided to have an art auction in 2012 to help raise funds for the club, but it was deferred – Hey! Why not combine the 2 events ? – Steve Andrews suggested we didn’t need the money and should give it away – a few members put their hands up!!! – Dean Hollingworth had personal experience of the worth of Make-A-Wish New Zealand, a charity that grants the wishes of children with life threatening conditions. Suddenly we had a project…

The original aim of the weekend was to have some fun and bring together a few of the past and present members in a low key relatively low effort weekend – essentially a party and maybe a surf. The focus had however changed and the art auction fund raiser suddenly meant we needed to ramp up the planning into real, viable and attractive operation – fast.

Key sponsorships and support were now required to make this weekend live up to expectations and ensure it did not end up costing the club a packet. Step up Seventhwave who took on the naming rights for the Seventhwave Charity Art Auction. This was a massive boost to our planning and allowed us to move forward knowing we had a keystone sponsor.

Roger Kay the auctioneer with assistants: Pete Mannix and Tim Clemence
The bidders

The weekend kicked off on Friday with the Surfing Tribe & Sadhana Surfboards movie night at the Hollywood Theatre with wine cheese and to a retro clip from Crystal Voyager to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd “Echoes’ which “set the retro” theme for the weekend. Si Brown then stepped up and provided a short (for Si) intro to the NZ premier of “Sprout” a masterpiece of traditional surfing from Thomas Campbell, a movie that kept all entranced – so long as you were a surfer !
Saturday saw the main event take shape – around 4 pm the Ferrymead Golf club was transformed into a glitzy warm and inviting venue to help folks part with their money. The Funky Hot Mamas warmed the crowd up, Annie and JT arrived in the disco kit, the drinks flowed, Dean focused everyone on the aim of the auction and Roger Kay the auctioneer got things rolling…. Successful? You bet your backside – a crowd of around 100 were competing for 70 items and it was fierce – my wife was even spotted bidding against herself in order to get a piece of the action!  Some great art and product changed hands, the final piece, the 2x2.5m event banner donated by Mark at Signmark signaled the end of the bidding.
The evening wound up with everybody grinning, all full from a feisty feast and most packing their car with arty type takeaways - obviously having had a ball.

The red hot, red team captained by Pete Mannix
Sunday – strong off shore- overcast – Quane replica Old Mals – 2 to 3 foot surf – perfect. The 5 former club captains Pete Mannix, Chris Tillson, Steve Andrews, Trev Smith and Grant Cochrane ( standing in for Dave Oswald who had a calendar malfunction) led teams of 7 in a quick fire tag team contest sponsored by Mainland Paints. It was simply a brilliant event – fast paced, good surfing, lots of lobbying and judge abuse and overall high jinks.
Although surfing was the winner on the day, for the record Chris Tillson’s green team took out he event.
Thanks also to North Wai Boardriders who loaned us one of their boards for the event.

The weekend wrap up/wind down fittingly took place at the Headless Mexican restaurant hosted yet again by Glen and Tanya who have provided clubrooms for us for 20 years.

The outcome: all aims achieved and more. Some unexpected but rather pleasant benefits also evolved from the weekend

In summary
·       A grand total of $6,591 was donated to Make-A-Wish
·       We had a great time and a lot of laughs
·       The club profile received a good and positive boost
·       We formed some relationships with the Sumner/Surf community we did not have beforehand
·       We have had a boost in membership both old and young
·       Club camaraderie is strong and everyone is ‘feelin’ good ‘

So thanks to all members, sponsors, supporters, makers, bakers and money movers and shakers … kind of thinking we should do it again in a wee while!

Weekend sponsored by:

Seventhwave Wetsuits
Surfing tribe (on Facebook)
Mainland Paints

Sadhana Surfboards

Aumoana Surf Shop

The Headless Mexican Restaurant

Quane Longboards
A1 Screenprint 

Now it's your turn to support the sponsors!

Pete Mannix
Sumner Longboarders

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Go For Gold 2013 - Surfing Competition

The 2013 Go For Gold Surfing competition was held over the 22nd & 23rd February. We bring you a rundown of the competition from the mind of Zane Smith. 

Zane and his partner, Amelia, live at Nine Mile coast road, north of Greymouth, a left hand reef break. Zane works as a marketing consultant for Vation Ltd Marketing Solutions. His own company and mainly involved in the tourism sector. He started chasing waves daily at 13 yrs old and in 1990 won the Seventhwave most promising junior award. He spent many years as a professional raft guide and adventure company operations manager, chasing the gnarliest rivers to raft and kayak whilst chasing waves at the same time. Zane and Amelia have their own two groms, Ry, 6yrs and Lily 4yrs.
The lead-up to the event was the usual club mission of getting the crew together, mapping out the details, divisions, gathering sponsors and delegating the jobs.
The Kahuna Boardriders Club (KBC) crew pulled some serious finger again with a bloody good team effort. We set some key goals again this year which as always consisted of... 
a) Having a LOT of fun with good people from around the country who we share a way of living with.
b) Having pumping waves (always a tough one to guarantee however!)
c) Provide a strong event to showcase our sport and lifestyle more thoroughly to the local community (rugby and beer is getting way too boring) the kids here want MORE and so do we for their sakes!
d) Get the KBC groms into the mix and provide them a strong system and event to inherit from us older crew…(After 25yrs in the club I’m still one of the young ones really!)
Cobden Beach

We had some killer sponsors again this year and by getting the local newspaper the Greymouth Star on board we secure the opportunity to massively promote the event and our culture through the West Coast, We wanted a big turnout of local spectators and we got them. This turnout then gave us the opportunity to teach these people about our life really, we used the mic to great effect here with myself and Robbie Barrow giving it the KBC flavour, stories, anecdotes, mindless raving and the competitors still knew who was in the lead and who needed what score to get through etc etc, sometimes I think this information takes the front stage and the commentary for the spectators gets completely forgotten about. We must remember that many of them have no clue about what they are looking at we cannot punish them for this, do we know how to score a highland game sheep toss? 
Best seat in the house - The judges tent

Some amazing waves were caught, massive hits were smacked about and the surfers and the crowd enjoyed themselves. The typical ‘trip up the coast’ was had by many to enjoy our range of breaks and we had an altogether successful surfing comp without the ego and mindless preening you often find often at surfing events worldwide..

So, we hope to see you next year in all your glorious real you-ness.

Final Results:
Seventhwave Wetsuits Most Outstanding Surfer Award (MOSA)
James Washer, Greymouth

Greymouth Star Open
Levi O'Conner, Kaikoura - Go for Gold Champion
Josh Thickpenny, Dunedin
Ben Rees, Christchurch
Micro Christensen, Christchurch
Carpet One Womens
Brooke Money, Christchurch
Lucy Hodgson, Kaikoura
Tammi Martin, Christchurch
Chrissy Hallum, Greymouth
Eve Findlay, Punakaiki

Hydro Surf Junior Mens
Cody McCusker, Christchurch
Max Cooke, Christchurch
Hugh Ritchie, Christchurch
Max Marshall, Christchurch

Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday Park Cadets
Max Marshall, Christchurch
Nik Tuhikarama, Christchurch
Brody Fitzgerald, Greymouth
Nathan Sims, Greymouth
Ruben Lyons, Kaikoura

Westside Surf and Street Seniors
Josh Thickpenny, Dunedin
Dave Melville, Kaikoura
Micro Christenson, Christchurch
Dave Lyons, Kaikoura

Mike Greer Homes Masters:
Alan Temoanui, Kaikoura
Dave Lyons, Kaikoura
Phil Harris, Greymouth
Zane Smith, Greymouth

Oceana Gold Grandmasters
Phil Harris, Greymouth
Steve Grant, Greymouth
Dean Cooke, Christchurch
James Tuhikarama, Christchurch

Westside Surf and Street Longboard
Levi O'Conner, Kaikoura
Nash Robertson, Kaikoura
Hugh Ritchie, Christchurch
Ben Winhill, Nelson

Written By: Zane Smith 
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The Greymouth Star Go For Gold Surfing Competition was hosted by Kahuna Board Riders Club who are on the web and also on Facebook. The event was a huge success and would not have been so without the support of sponsors. Now it's your turn to support the sponsors.

Greymouth Star
GreymouthSeaside Top 10 Holiday Park
WestsideSurf and Street
MikeGreer Homes
Mitre 10 Mega
Surfers Skin
Monteith's Westcoast Brewing Company