22 March 19
One of New Zealand and the world’s most prestigious traditional longboarding festivals is set to embark on its fifth year of existence.
This month from March 29 to 31, the Single Fin Mingle will bring the world’s best longboard surfers to the small, seaside suburb of Sumner for a weekend full of art, music, and of course- world-class surfing.
Like all events, The Single Fin Mingle had its humble beginnings, and wasn’t always known to people across the world as it is now. Ambrose McNeill, Founder of The Single Fin Mingle explains;
“That year we had a total of 48 male and female competitors. I think that first year about five surfers came down from the North Island and maybe eight from Dunedin, the rest were all from Sumner.”
However, with a clear vision of what The Single Fin Mingle could become in the future, and driven by it’s unique design work and multimedia coverage from friends, the Mingle has continued to grow exponentially. So too has it’s reputation with surfers across the globe, who are waiting in great anticipation for the uniquely unforgettable weekend.
“Fast forward to this year and it’s at capacity with 32 Women and 55 men coming from across NZ, Australia, America, Hawaii, Portugal, France, England, Spain, Canada and yes - even New Brighton.”
Furthermore, the event isn’t just targeted at surfers. Ambrose and his co-organiser Bradley King stress the importance of the Single Fin Mingle bringing together people to put smiles on faces that will last a lifetime.
“The mingle is not about winners and losers – yes, it is a contest and yes the winner will win prize money. But really we want everyone that come to the mingle leaving feeling richer from the experience.”
- FROM GEORGE BERRY, HELLO ZUKEEN MAGAZINE – FOR MINGLE MEDIA