World Surf League Executives, Steve Robertson and Hayden Smith shared their experiences after visiting Tupira in Madang Province. They expressed their thoughts about the host Province, Madang, and where the event is taking place, in Tupira, in the Bogea District.
Both Robertson and Smith say visiting Tupira and seeing the culture and lifestyle of the local custodians, is something all international surfers visiting from around the world will absorb, and always remember Papua New Guinea for what it’s worth.
Smith thanked Kumul Consolidated Holding for their help and support in making the event possible with its sponsorship to partner with SAPNG. They reflected on the work they are doing in the country by engaging local landowners to not just use their land and waters for traditional use, but also to make an income while maintaining its natural resources.
Portfolio Manager, Evangeline Taunoa, says apart from the many sectors KCH has been working closely with through development; Tourism is also on the radar as part of Kumul Consolidated Holdings development initiative.
President of Surfing Association of PNG, Andrew Abel, said preparations are going well, and already locals are excited to host the event on their home soil, something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
The Kumul Consolidated Holdings World Surf League longboard championships will start on March 18, and finish on March 25, an event that is expected to be viewed by 120 million viewers worldwide.