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Surfing for Farmers 2023

Surfing for Farmers encourages farmers to take a couple of hours each week to head to the surf to help better manage stress and improve mental health. It’s also a fantastic social event with attendees enjoying a barbecue and drinks after a surf.

The events offer those new to the sport the opportunity to receive lessons and tips from qualified instructors, while all the required gear is provided on the day to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved.

Supporting rural health is important to our Client Councils and we’re proud to support the Surfing for Farmers initiative. 

surboard competiton
Come along and be in the draw for a Platino Foam Top 9ft surfboards.

We have 27 Platino Foam Top 9ft Surfboards valued at $500 each to give away!

Check out the Terms and Conditions below to find out how to enter.


VIEW THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS



“Surfing for Farmers is a fantastic initiative that brings farmers, growers and workers together to have fun, relax away from the farm and make new connections,” Ohope SFF Co-ordinator Phil  Williams says. “Each week brings new faces, some who have never surfed before, so it’s a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill while leaving the stresses of work at the farm.”


Galatea farmer Adam Barkla agrees. “This is my first year and I absolutely love it. It’s good fun and a really great opportunity for me and my family to catch up with old friends - and it’s just good to be out there surfing and forgetting about the farm. I’ve never surfed but I’m getting up - they have really good teachers. Afterwards we get to enjoy a BBQ and a couple of beers, there’s so many people bringing along the kids just having a good time.”



If you’d like to get involved in an event, you can find all the details of where and when the sessions are below.
For more information, contact your local Rabobank representative or visit the Surfing for Farmers website.

Location Start date Surfing for Farmers Contact
Pukehina November 23, 2023 Boyd: 027 341 4439
Ohope - west end November 7, 2023 Robin Bean: 027 281 5225
Waihi Beach - north end surf club November 16, 2023
Mike Meade: 027 659 0661
Raglan, Ngarunui Beach
November 29, 2023
Matte Kirk: 027 222 2403
Southland - Colac Bay/Riverton/Monkey Island November 23, 2023
Tom Slee: 021 2257 067
Katrina Thomas: 027 485 4395
Hickory Bay
November 23, 2023
Kristin Savage
Pauanui - top of My Vista TBC for 23/24 Season Seth Roe: 027 230 6937
East Coast - Tolaga Bay December 7, 2023 Henry Hindmarsh: 027 368 9677 
Taranaki - Fitzroy Beach
TBC for 23/24 Season
Mark Dwyer: 021 528 263
Taranaki - Opunake Beach
November 28, 2023
Simon: 027 458 7123
Whanganui - Kia Iwi Beach
November 7, 2023 Lucy Hayes: 027 344 8042
Greymouth - North Tip Road, Cobden November 29, 2023 Paul Clement: 027 646 4677 
Mt Maunganui - corner of Banks and Marine Parade  December 7, 2023
Geoff Waite: 027 601 4444
Sarah Hickey: 027 554 9257
Wairarapa - Riverdale Beach surf club
November 23, 2023
Richard Moore: 021 313 877
Gisborne - Midway Beach surf club
November 21, 2023
Stephen Thomson: 021 450 6531
Sumner Beach
TBC for 23/24 Season
Sandra Taylor: 021 151 8685
East Coast - Mahia TBC for 23/24 Season
Cody Becker: 027 579 2435 
Oamaru - Kakanui Beach
TBC for 23/24 Season
Thomas Abernathy: 021 869 805
Northern Hawkes Bay - Waimarama Beach
December 7, 2023
Tim Wynne-Lewis: 027 488 9719
North Canterbury - Gore Bay
December 7, 2023
James Northcote: 027 216 6822
Kaikoura - Ward Beach, Okiwi Bay or Kekerengu River Mouth 
TBC for 23/24 Season
Henry Ryan: 027 868 2862
Kaka Point  December 6, 2023
Paul Richardson: 027 477 4106
Dunedin - Brighton or Ocean View Beach
December 6, 2023
Cameron Wood: 027 342 4914
Central Hawkes Bay - Pourerere Beach 
December 7, 2023 Andy Lee: 027 354 8608
Central Hawkes Bay - Porangahau Beach  TBC for 23/24 Season Andy Lee: 027 354 8608
Northland - Sandy Bay  January 10. 20223
Calvin Ball: 027 223 2894
Ryan Baxter: 027 285 9075
Northland - Waipu Cove
January 11, 2023
Sophia Wood: 021 227 437
Katrina Stead: 027 489 2894