The Surfing Association of PNG is in the planning stage to host the SAPNG National Titles in Kavieng, New Ireland Province this year.
Following the 2017 PNG KUMUL World Longboard Championship event at Tupira, Madang Province, the SAPNG has been in regular contact with the World Surf League [WSL] to plan the second major event in Kavieng, NIP.
According to SAPNG President, Andrew Abel, SAPNG alongside the WSL are also looking at a major planned event for March 2023.
“Of course 2022 NGE is the main focus of 2022 and once things have settled and the government in place and we know who are the respective National and provincial Government leaders, we can then start formal process,” he added.
In the meantime, the SAPNG is in the process is planning a two week window event to stage the for the National Titles, from which 2 athletes will be selected [1 male & 1 Female] as wild cards and 2 reserves [1 male & 1 Female] will be additional to represent the country against the visiting WSL surfing athletes from around the world.
The second week of the window will be the staging of the planned 2023 PNG KUMUL World longboard Championship which the SAPNG surfing athletes will compete.
SAPNG has 11 clubs around PNG and one in Central Bougainville. All clubs have qualified ISA accredited surf coaches and judges.
SAPNG supplies surf boards and training material including online courses hosted by the International Surfing Association (ISA) which SAPNG has been member of for last 33 years.