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Boards needed in PNG for new wave

Surf coach Jamo Borthwick wants old boards to send to kids in Papua New Guinea.
Surf coach Jamo Borthwick wants old boards to send to kids in Papua New Guinea. James Perkins

THE waves are “all time” in Papua New Guinea, according to Jamo Borthwick, but the locals just need boards to be able to surf them.

The Coolangatta surf coach hopes Tweed surfers will help foster the sport in PNG by donating their old boards and other surf equipment.

He is organising his second shipment of surf gear to the country and wants to send the container on September 18.

Mr Borthwick is involved in building PNG's surf industry and was there to see the last shipment handed out to eager village kids.

“They were stoked on it,” Mr Borthwick said.

PNG will hold its second national surfing titles in March next year but many competitors are held back by a lack of boards.

“I have been to two or three villages and the biggest thing stopping surfing is the lack of equipment. There are only two, or three boards and huge numbers of people,” Mr Borthwick said. “Rather than getting out there, they all have to go do other things.”

The country's first titles were held in 2007.

“It is probably going to be triple the size it was in 2007,” Mr Borthwick said about next year's event.

All types of wave riding craft, including body boards, nipper “foamies” and especially smaller sized surf boards are wanted. Fins, flippers, snorkelling gear and first-aid gear would also be useful.

Donations can be made to Mr Borthwick's Walkin' on Water Surf School at Greenmount Beach, or to D'Arcy Surfboards at Currumbin.

The surf coach is in the process of setting up a charitable foundation to manage future shipments of donated surf equipment to PNG and would welcome corporate support.


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