Back to the Beach Community Surfing Contest

Cowabunga!

Cowabunga!

On the first weekend of August 2009, the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) will be hosting its first annual “Back To The Beach Community Surfing Contest” on “The Reef” at Lawrencetown Beach. Click to see contest poster.

Designed to be a fun community-based event, the contest will host two divisions – team and individual – and will be focused on fun and family. There will be an early BBQ, awards ceremony and small concert after the event at a family-friendly location (to be determined).

Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009.

Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m. First heat in the water at 10 a.m. BBQ and concert at 6:30 p.m.

Registration: $10 per individual. Maximum of 10 teams for the team event and 32 competitors for the individual competition. Places are to be allotted on a first-come, first-in basis by email to contest@surfns.com. Fees are due the morning of the event.

Divisions:

Team – Teams of three will compete with two teams in the water at a time for 30 minutes. Every member of the team has to catch at least one wave (being pushed into a wave counts) and will be judged on costume, antics, style and skill by the other teams who are not in the water. Open to all ages and genders. All board types are welcome and props are strongly encouraged.

Individual – Individuals will compete in four-person, 20-minute heats on “weird” boards selected by drawing numbers out of a hat. We will have a collection of twins, funboards, retro boards, single fins, longboards, paddleboards and quads, but competitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own funky shapes to add to the mix. Contestants will be judged on antics (which can include costumes), style and skill. Open to all genders and age groups.

Let the Games begin

A press conference to kick off the 2009 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games took place yesterday in Costa Rica. Competition begins tomorrow at Playa Hermosa. Photo courtesy International Surfing Association.

A press conference to kick off the 2009 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games took place yesterday in Costa Rica. Competition begins tomorrow at Playa Hermosa. Photo courtesy International Surfing Association.

It’s becoming known as the Olympics of the Surfing.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) welcomed more than 34 nations to the eighth edition of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games at a press conference in Costa Rica on Thursday.

“This is one of the only opportunities to see the best competitors from each country surfing for their flags and the pride of being members in their national surfing teams” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

Opening Ceremonies for the Games, including the Parade of Nations, took place Friday. Competition gets underway tomorrow at Playa Hermosa, a long beach on the Pacific Coast that features some of the most consistent breaks in the world.

“This is the first time a World Surfing Games has been held in Central America,” said Aguerre. “We have been all over the globe, but never here. Being in Costa Rica is amazing.” [Read more...]

Generation surf

Thirteen-year-old Quinn Marsh details his surfboard while 14-year-old Peter Barbrick (right) watches on. Both boys are participants in the Nova Scotia Sea School's "Get Out and Surf Program."

Thirteen-year-old Quinn Marsh details his surfboard while 14-year-old Peter Barbrick (right) watches on. Both boys are participants in the Nova Scotia Sea School's "Get Out and Surf Program."

It’s just after 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and while this is prime sleeping time for most of his teenage friends, 14-year-old Peter Barbrick is busy painting the surfboard he’s built from scratch.

Barbrick is one of 10 teenagers, mostly from the Eastern Shore area, taking part in the Nova Scotia Sea School‘s “Get Out and Surf Program.”

“If I went out and bought a surfboard myself, I wouldn’t know a thing about it,” said Barbrick, who’s from Middle Musquodoboit. “Here they supply me with everything I need to know…rules of surfing, how to surf, and how to build a board. I learn a lot about the ocean too.”

The Eastern Shore is a region of HRM with a strong community of adult surfers and artists. Yet, despite the area’s abundance of surfable waves, there are few young people who surf or are involved in the surf community.

The Sea School aims to help change this and get local youth out on the waves. In partnership with HRM Recreation in Musquodoboit Harbour and Middle Musquodoboit and funded by the 4Cs Foundation, a community arts organization, the “Get Out and Surf Program” takes place over three weekends at Camp Brunswick in East Chezzetcook.

For $125, each participant is provided with accommodations and meals at the camp, raw materials to make a surfboard and a wetsuit. [Read more...]

A smart Choyce for summer reading

"Nova Scotia Visions of the Future" was officially launched at Stayner's Wharf Pub and Grill last Thursday.

"Nova Scotia: Visions of the Future" was officially launched at Stayner's Wharf Pub and Grill last Thursday.

Lesley Choyce, a well known local surfer, teacher, publisher and writer, has launched an ambitious new book called “Nova Scotia: Visions of the Future“.

The book is a compilation of more than forty essays from leaders and influential thinkers from across Nova Scotia. In the essays, the writers provide their visions of the future of the province.

“It is my hope that these ideas, some familiar, some radical, will give us a ragged map out of the wilderness of the present into the future,” writes Choyce in the book’s introduction.

Some of the more recognizable contributors in the book include Green Party leader Elizabeth May, former Nova Scotia premier Rodney MacDonald, Liberal MP Geoff Regan, radio personality Richard Zurawski and renown Canadian author Farley Mowat.

One essay, titled “The Perfection of Imperfection: A Surfer’s Reflection on Community” was written by Seaforth-area surfer Leland Maerz. [Read more...]