SANS Board Members (Well, some of them at least.) Jessica Flynn, Keith Maddison, Chris Burbidge(now out West but coming back to us), Reed Holmes, Matt Halasz, Justin Huston, Joel Rudolph (past coordinator)
SANS President Justin Huston
SANS Coordinator Iaian Archibald
Vice President – Vacant
Treasurer – Duncan Allan
Interim Secretary – Vacant
Social Events Coordinator – Keith Maddison
Contest Coordinator – Vacant
Membership Coordinator: Vacant
Webmaster – Reed Holmes
Members at Large:
Michelle Richards (Cape Breton)
Adam Rondelet (HRM)
Matthew Halasz (HRM/Graphic Design)
Although it looks great before and after the weekend, of course, conditions are not coming together at this point so we are placing the contest on hold until next weekend. Check back next week for the latest call. ... See MoreSee Less
A common question SANS gets is "So what do you folks do besides contests?" Outside of our regular run of contests including the Nor’easter last winter, the Why Can’t We All Get A Longboard in the summer and the Point Michaud Classic, this is what SANS been up to over the past 12 months:
Ocean’s Day on the Halifax Waterfront
For the past 6 plus years SANS has been taking part in the Ocean’s Day event on the Halifax Waterfront hosted by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. At this annual event we get to teach hundreds of little kids about surfing and the ocean while networking with the government agencies and other NGO’s in attendance.
Mi’kmaw SANS Surf, Swim and Lifesaving Camp
Working with the Eskasoni First Nations, Richmond County and The Lifesaving Society SANS ran the second trial of our Mi’kmaw Youth Surf, Swim and Lifesaving Camp this past summer. Over 20 Eskasoni youth from 13 to 17 years old spend six days in August getting their basic first aid, learning about Hawaiian culture, working on their water skills and learning how to surf. SANS is excited to expand this program next year to other areas of the Province and we just received $5,000 to purchase surfing equipment for Eskasoni youth! We’re looking for surf schools in the HRM and South Shore who want to take part in future years.
Life Rolls On
This past September SANS was a major contributor to the Life Rolls On event at Martinique Beach. This amazing event helped people with disabilities experience surfing. SANS provided the insurance, many of the volunteers, a good chunk of the funding came through SANS, we provided logistics support and the music. We’re very proud to have had such a big role in this special experience.
SANS has had a busy year working with various government agencies to represent surfing. We have met with the Department of Natural Resources to educate them on the various areas and infrastructure which are important to the surfing community, and to get etiquette/safety signage at our most surfed beaches. We have also consulted with the Provincial Government on their www.wanderstream.ca recreation resource initiative to ensure that new surfers are directed to surf schools at supervised surfing beaches while respecting the anonymity of intermediate and advanced breaks.
Rossignol Surf Camps
SANS partnered with Rossignol Surf Shop and Queens County to make surfing accessible to local youth with 8 weeks of supervised surf lessons for a nominal price. These classes are held twice a week and up to thirty youth participated. Our goal is to bring this model of cheap, inclusive summer surf camps to the rest of the Province by partnering with surf schools around the Province. Any surf schools who are interested in running this program in their area should contact us at email@example.com to learn the details about the program.
Kannon Beach Lady Slide
SANS partnered with Kannon Beach to provide free surf lessons to over 25 women in the launch of their new women’s centered surf school, Kannon Beach Girls.
SANS Annual Cow Bay Clean-Up
Once again SANS organized a spring cleaning in Cow Bay with dozens of surfers and Cow Bay residents lending a hand to keep the area clean. We followed it up with a BBQ for all those who volunteered their time.
SANS is always interested to hear your opinion feedback about what we’re doing. Also, we’re always looking for volunteers, new board members and new ideas. Please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time, for any reason. ... See MoreSee Less
We have finalized the details for our Fall contest. It will be happening the first day with surf over the last two weekends of November. We'll be making the call around November 17th. Registration should be up shortly on www.surfns.com. Thanks to Rip Curl Canada for making this happen! ... See MoreSee Less