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Surfer for Farmers

Launched in Gisborne in 2018 by Stephen Thompson, 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.

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

The programme runs in several regions including the Bay of Plenty and Canterbury from November and continues through the summer months until March.

Surfing for Farmers

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.

Not only that, but it’s also a fantastic social event with attendees enjoying a barbecue and drinks after the surfing.

Surfing for Farmers


“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,” Phil 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 Facebook page.

Location Start date Surfing for Farmers Contact
Ohope - west end Every Tuesday, starting 2 November 5.30pm Phil Williams: 027 499 5605
Pauanui - top of My Vista Every Wednesday, starting 10 November 4.30pm Seth Roe: 027 230 6937
Raglan, Ngarunui Beach Every Wednesday, starting 24 November 5.30pm Matte Kirk: 027 222 2403
Kaiaua Beach Every Wednesday, starting 25 November 5.30pm  Matt Jefferd: 027 499 9205
Northern Hawkes Bay - Waimarama Beach Every Thursday, starting 25 November  Tim Wynne-Lewis: 027 488 9719
Colac Bay Every Thursday, starting 25 November 6pm Tom Slee: 021 2257 067
North Canterbury - Gore Bay Every Thursday, starting 2 December 6.30pm James Northcote: 027 216 6822
Wairarapa - Riverside Beach surf club Every Thursday, starting 2 December 5.30pm Richard Moore: 021 313 877
Taranaki - Opunake Beach Every Thursday, starting 2 December 5.30pm  Simon: 027 458 7123
Mt Maunganui - corner of Banks and Marine Parade  Every Thursday, starting 2 December 5.30pm Geoff Waite: 027 601 4444
Sarah Hickey: 027 554 9257
Sumner Beach Every Tuesday, starting 7 December 6.15pm Sandra Taylor: 021 151 8685
Waihi Beach - north end surf club Every Tuesday, starting 7 December 5.30pm
Mike Meade: 027 659 0661
Gisborne - Midway Beach surf club Every Tuesday, starting 7 December 5.30pm Stephen Thomson: 021 450 6531
Taranaki - Fitzroy Beach Every Tuesday, starting 7 December 5.30pm  Mark Dwyer: 021 528 263
Kaka Point  Every Wednesday, starting 8 December 5.30pm Paul Richardson: 027 477 4106
Oamaru - Campbells Bay, Kakanui Beach Every Wednesday, starting 8 December 6pm  Alfie Broughton: 021 247 8542
Central Hawkes Bay - Pourerere Beach  Every Wednesday, starting 8 December 6pm Andy Lee: 027 354 8608
Kaikoura - Ward Beach, Okiwi Bay or Kekerengu River Mouth  Every Thursday, starting 9 December Henry Ryan: 027 868 2862
Central Hawkes Bay - Porangahau Beach Every Wednesday, starting 15 December 4pm Andy Lee: 027 354 8608
Dunedin - Brighton or Ovean View Beach Every Thursday, starting 16 December 4.30pm Becs Camerson: 027 366 9275
Northland - Sandy Bay  Every Wednesday, starting 12 January 5.30pm Calvin Ball: 027 223 2894
Ryan Baxter: 027 285 9075
Northland - Waipu Cove Every Thursday, starting 13 January 5.30pm
Calvin Ball: 027 223 2894
Ryan Baxter: 027 285 9075


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