Longboard comp raising awareness

'No Violence Classic' about raising awareness and having fun

'No Violence Classic' about raising awareness and having fun

BIT OF FUN: The Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic takes place this Saturday. While it supports the important kaupapa of raising awareness and preventing family violence, it is also about having fun. Picture by Gray Clapham

A LOCALLY-GROWN charitable surf competition takes place next Saturday to raise funds and awareness to support the kaupapa against family violence. In its second year, the Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic on Saturday supports the Tauawhi Charitable Trust to help raise awareness about and prevent family violence.

The inaugural competition last year attracted 40 surfers — from as far north as Northland — and had former national champions Daniel Proctor and Kelly Ryan battling it out in the final.

Tim Marshall, co-ordinator at Tauawhi, says the idea for the competition came from Ian Proctor and Moananui Longboardriders Club. Mr Proctor, who was involved in Tauawhi’s “Dad and Me” campaign, and a few other surfers had travelled to Hawaii and Byron Bay for similar charity surf events and realised there was nothing like that here. They set up the No Violence classic to support the kaupapa against family violence.

Mr Marshall says from Tauawhi’s perspective they are keen to have more community events, to engage with different parts of the community and raise awareness of the kaupapa. It also coincides with the month of domestic violence awareness and White Ribbon Day on November 25.

Gisborne Boardriders and Moananui Longboarders clubs will help run the event which includes divisions for open men and women, 40-plus, 60-plus and juniors (16 and under). There is also a free no legrope bikini and speedo competition for “a bit of fun”.

Entry fees are $40 for adults and $20 for the junior division, with a major spot prize of a new longboard.

The contest venue will be decided based on the conditions during the registration evening from 6pm on November 11 at Charcoal Chicken, Gladstone Rd. To register prior or for more details contact tauawhi@psec.org.nz, 027 558 6362 or visit Tauawhi Men’s Centre, 71 Peel Street.

A LOCALLY-GROWN charitable surf competition takes place next Saturday to raise funds and awareness to support the kaupapa against family violence. In its second year, the Tauawhi No Violence Longboard Classic on Saturday supports the Tauawhi Charitable Trust to help raise awareness about and prevent family violence.

The inaugural competition last year attracted 40 surfers — from as far north as Northland — and had former national champions Daniel Proctor and Kelly Ryan battling it out in the final.

Tim Marshall, co-ordinator at Tauawhi, says the idea for the competition came from Ian Proctor and Moananui Longboardriders Club. Mr Proctor, who was involved in Tauawhi’s “Dad and Me” campaign, and a few other surfers had travelled to Hawaii and Byron Bay for similar charity surf events and realised there was nothing like that here. They set up the No Violence classic to support the kaupapa against family violence.

Mr Marshall says from Tauawhi’s perspective they are keen to have more community events, to engage with different parts of the community and raise awareness of the kaupapa. It also coincides with the month of domestic violence awareness and White Ribbon Day on November 25.

Gisborne Boardriders and Moananui Longboarders clubs will help run the event which includes divisions for open men and women, 40-plus, 60-plus and juniors (16 and under). There is also a free no legrope bikini and speedo competition for “a bit of fun”.

Entry fees are $40 for adults and $20 for the junior division, with a major spot prize of a new longboard.

The contest venue will be decided based on the conditions during the registration evening from 6pm on November 11 at Charcoal Chicken, Gladstone Rd. To register prior or for more details contact tauawhi@psec.org.nz, 027 558 6362 or visit Tauawhi Men’s Centre, 71 Peel Street.

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