Catch a wave, ease the stress

Surfing initiative offered to farmers and their families.

Surfing initiative offered to farmers and their families.

OUT THERE FARMERS: Ngatapa farmer Hamish Cave has been surfing for a while now and thoroughly enjoys it. He has endorsed the Surfing for Farmers stress release programme that AgFirst have put together, starting next week. “Learn to surf, have a barbecue and then maybe a beer with other farmers,” said Stephen Thomson. “That’s the offer and it’s free of charge.” File picture

The region’s farming community will get the chance to learn how to surf next month as a way of letting off steam and relaxing over summer, and Ngatapa farmer Hamish Cave will be one who soundly recommends it.

The team at AgFirst have come up with the idea of a Surfing for Farmers programme that sprang out of a Netflix documentary called Resurface.

“There is some science behind the idea of saltwater and the waves being an active ingredient in helping to reduce stress levels,” said AgFirst consultant and programme creator Stephen Thomson.

“We are kicking off the new initiative on December 4, next Tuesday, to give farmers a chance to get off-farm and have a bit of downtime over the stressful summer months.

“The Gisborne Boardriders Club have come on board and will supply longboards, wetsuits and coaches for people to come down to the beach and learn and have a go at surfing.”

Mr Cave said he had recently taken up surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

“I find it’s always refreshing to get to the sea and catch a few waves.

“It is great to be able to enjoy the surf and let go of the busy day-to-day workload that farming throws at you,” Hamish said.

“Learning to surf has been great. Give it a go!”

Stephen said the programme would run once a week over summer, meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday evenings at Midway beach, or possibly Makorori, waves depending.

“We will have 20 surfboards available and the sessions are 90 minutes long.

“You might have a go for 45 minutes then come in and fire up the barbecue, then have a couple of beers.

“This is a fun environment, so it doesn’t matter about skill level,” Stephen said.

“Anyone who already surfs is welcome to get down to the beach and be part of our crew. No doubt there are a few dusty boards in sheds around the region that could do with some daylight and salt water.

“We are encouraging families to come down as well and get involved.

“The main thing is making this a bit of fun each week over the summer period, giving you a chance to get off farm and get away from the day-to-day stuff. “

Stephen said they had a great bunch of sponsors already keen to support them.

“So there will be no cost to participants.

“We just need you to turn up with a positive attitude and have a go.”

The initiative has been led by AgFirst and funded by local sponsors including Ballance Agri Nutrients, PGG Wrightson, Chrisp and Davidson, Williams Transport, Rural Support Trust, Bayleys Real Estate, Rabobank, Paringahau Station, Lane Bros Whangara Angus and Beef and Lamb New Zealand.

The region’s farming community will get the chance to learn how to surf next month as a way of letting off steam and relaxing over summer, and Ngatapa farmer Hamish Cave will be one who soundly recommends it.

The team at AgFirst have come up with the idea of a Surfing for Farmers programme that sprang out of a Netflix documentary called Resurface.

“There is some science behind the idea of saltwater and the waves being an active ingredient in helping to reduce stress levels,” said AgFirst consultant and programme creator Stephen Thomson.

“We are kicking off the new initiative on December 4, next Tuesday, to give farmers a chance to get off-farm and have a bit of downtime over the stressful summer months.

“The Gisborne Boardriders Club have come on board and will supply longboards, wetsuits and coaches for people to come down to the beach and learn and have a go at surfing.”

Mr Cave said he had recently taken up surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

“I find it’s always refreshing to get to the sea and catch a few waves.

“It is great to be able to enjoy the surf and let go of the busy day-to-day workload that farming throws at you,” Hamish said.

“Learning to surf has been great. Give it a go!”

Stephen said the programme would run once a week over summer, meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday evenings at Midway beach, or possibly Makorori, waves depending.

“We will have 20 surfboards available and the sessions are 90 minutes long.

“You might have a go for 45 minutes then come in and fire up the barbecue, then have a couple of beers.

“This is a fun environment, so it doesn’t matter about skill level,” Stephen said.

“Anyone who already surfs is welcome to get down to the beach and be part of our crew. No doubt there are a few dusty boards in sheds around the region that could do with some daylight and salt water.

“We are encouraging families to come down as well and get involved.

“The main thing is making this a bit of fun each week over the summer period, giving you a chance to get off farm and get away from the day-to-day stuff. “

Stephen said they had a great bunch of sponsors already keen to support them.

“So there will be no cost to participants.

“We just need you to turn up with a positive attitude and have a go.”

The initiative has been led by AgFirst and funded by local sponsors including Ballance Agri Nutrients, PGG Wrightson, Chrisp and Davidson, Williams Transport, Rural Support Trust, Bayleys Real Estate, Rabobank, Paringahau Station, Lane Bros Whangara Angus and Beef and Lamb New Zealand.

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