Tom with some local groms and their boards, taken during his first trip to Tupira.


PLB CORRESPONDENT TOM WEGENER FROM PNG:
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

"I'm presently on my way to Papua New Guinea for a surfing festival with the WSL Longboard Tour.  We're going to the Tupira Surf Camp where I've been twice before, to make wood surfboards with the locals. It's pretty remote and the inspiration for this distant location is to mix the culture of modern longboarding with the very ancient wood surfboard makers of PNG. 

"This complements the normal WSL longboarding competition by contrasting the modern with the very old. The visiting surfers will compete against the locals on their wood surfboards and the locals are welcome to ride the modern surfboards. 

"The idea is to capture a sharing of surf culture. My involvement will be to help the local kids integrate into the ways of a modern surf contest as well as to work with the WSL webcast. 

"We hope to capture the deep PNG experience as a part of the new direction of the WSL longboard tour. The contests will strive incorporates the culture and history of the host country making for a more interesting and holistic surfing experience."
 -    Thank you! Tom Wegener @tomwegenersurfboards 
-     Email: tom@tomwegenersurfboards.com


MORE ON TUPIRA AT WORLD SURFARIS
Situated on Uligan Bay in Madang Province on the pristine northern coast of PNG, the Tupira Surf Club has a beautiful righthander straight out the front and five different breaks nearby. 

LOOK FOR REGULAR REPORTS FROM THE WSL EVENT IN PNG HERE AT PLB
18th to 25 March




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