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Held annually since 1992 at Easter from registration on the Thursday to the prize-giving on Easter Sunday Evening. Catering for male surfers aged 35 and over in the following divisions – Groms (35-39), Cadets (40-44), juniors (45- 49), Masters (50-54), legends (55 – 59), Icons (60 – 64), Super groms (65 – 69), Surf Gods (70 plus); and Women aged 30 and over: Gidgets (30-39), Femlins (40 – 49), Divas ( 50 -59), Super Gidgets ( 60 plus); and including the open Dunga derby where competitors ride 1960’s style board. There is also a combined division for Knee-boarders and body boarders. Entries are limited to 132 and attracts surfers from al over New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
PORT TARANAKI SERIES
Sponsored by Port Taranaki since 2005 this six-event competition runs in January, February, and March, a “WINTER” month, November and December, with a competitor’s best four results counting towards the final placings. Surfing Taranaki (Surfing’s Regional Sports organisation for Taranaki working under Sports Taranaki and recognised by SPARC) uses this event as a basis for choosing the Taranaki Scholastic Team to compete in the national Scholastics event run by Surfing New Zealand. Divisions are <12 Girls and Boys, < 14, < 16, < 18, junior Girls and Open.
TARANAKI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
In February of each year, we provide a venue, competition gear and officials to assist in running this popular the event was attended by all Taranaki Intermediate Schools.
NEW ZEALAND FIRE SERVICE AND NEW ZEALAND POLICE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
On a semi-annual basis, we provide a venue and support for these emergency services to manage their annual surfriding championships since 2004.
SURFING TARANAKI INTER-CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Since its conception in 2009 the Club selects and supports teams of eight to compete with the other seven Taranaki clubs for the Taranaki titles New Plymouth has won both the 109 and 2010 events.
SURFING TARANAKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Since Surfing Taranaki has rejuvenated this event in 2008 Club members have taken out six of the eight titles.
As for the Inter-Club event, we provide judges and officials to manage the event.
Over the years we have hosted Surfing Taranaki’s high-performance classes under the guidance of Australia’s top coach Gary Cruikshank from HPC Australia. In 2010 there were two such sessions.
2003 WORLD MASTERS
Conceived, managed and hosted by the club this event which was sanctioned by the International Surfing Assn attracted 380 competitors from as far away as Scotland and Brazil to compete for the world masters Titles. Hailed as a total success the event required the dedication of most club members for an extended period with many of them taking their annual holidays to run the ten-day event.
O’NEIL AUSTRALIAN INTER-CLUB
In 2005 the club selected and funded an 8-person team plus managers to compete in the world’s largest Interclub
competition in Queensland with the team coming 39th out of 40 teams and gaining a certificate of recognition for the team travelling the greatest distance. We also provide those who compete in national competitions a 66% refund of their entry fees, plus if they win a national title 100% refund. Any club member gaining selection for a national team is granted $200.oo.
OCEAN AND EARTH TEEN RAMPAGE COMPETITIONS
Host the registration evening for this popular annual, national, junior competition.
EASTERN SURFING ASSN
The largest surfing club in the world, each year the ESA based in Florida, USA, selects a team of juniors and seniors to travel to another country to enjoy their surfing. When we became aware they were in New Zealand we invited them to New Plymouth for a welcome and competition. With the Powhiri performed by the Waitara Intermediate School and our top surfer’s offering strong competition the ESA manager (Brian Broome) became enamoured by the hospitality and has visited us regularly as have many of the juniors as they grow up.
SURFING GIRLS BIG DAY OUT
Female Club members organise an annual day-out just for female surfers from Taranaki and this is held at any suitable beach and is very popular.