Surfing have a go day sees “massive” turnout

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Hitting the surf: Newcomers try out surfing at Colac Bay on Sunday. Photos: Andrea Murray

BY LINDSAY BEER

A FANTASTIC number of newcomers to surfing took advantage of the Southland Boardriders Association Have A Go Day at Colac Bay on Sunday.

Jess Terrill, of the Southland Surf School, said the turnout was “massive”.

“Plenty of newcomers were in the water surfing and every one of them managed to get up and surf.

“The conditions were pleasant and easy and the water was pristine for learning – nice, easy and calm.

“There were a lot of smiley, happy faces.”

Boyd Wilson, of the Southland Boardriders Association (SBA), said, “it was a fantastic event with almost 50 people turning up, from young children to a grandmother, all who had never experienced surfing before”.

It reinforced surfing was a sport for all ages and with a bit of expert tuition from Terrill, anyone could do it, he said.

“Many also joined the Southland Boardriders Association as a result.”

The SBA is a club of 140 members aged from 4 to 70-plus years, with an aim to encourage, promote and advance the sport of surfboard riding in Southland.

It also supported and promoted environmental concerns and issues particularly around water quality and the coast environment and had a spirit of co-operation with other groups whose objectives were the same or similar to the club’s.

The club intended to hold more fun events, suitable for people of all abilities, later in summer.

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