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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Madang Surfing Club receives surf boards

By JOE IVAHARIA

A SURFING club based in Madang recently received five surfing boards from a group of Japanese surfing tourists.


The Japanese tourists, numbering 10 with some of them professional surfers, were in the country trying out waves in the Madang province as guests of the PNG Tourism Authority.

The lucky recipient was little known Tuburia Surf Club, a new club established some 18 months ago by National and Supreme Court Judge, Justice Nicolas Kirriwom, who also is the club patron.

President of the Surfing Association of PNG (SAPNG), Andrew Abel (Front row seated above, second from left) in a press conference held last Saturday thanked the Japanese tourists for their kind donation, adding that the boards will be put to good use by members of the Tuburia Club.

The president said that this was one way of spreading and promoting the sport of surfing by distributing what little resources SAPNG could get hold off to the coastal provinces.

He said there would be more visits organised by SAPNG between Japan and PNG to foster cultural and sporting exchanges and give opportunities to young athletes to develop in the sport.

The tourists spent a week trying out the waves in the Ulingan Bay and were very impressed with the tranquility and hospitality of the local people.

Meanwhile, the SAPNG will be conducting a training program for surf judges in May this year and will target surf judges around the country and may have the presence of few from abroad as well.

On their departure from PNG, the tourists were given gifts in the form of 'a surfing warrior' as reminder of their visit to Madang and PNG.

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