The sport of surfing is growing predominantly in the West Sepik province with a lot of interest from people but the sad things is that organizers and clubs are still seeking assistance to promote the sporting code.
Chairman of Surfing Vanimo, Mr. Steve Tekwie, said that much like other sporting codes in the country, they would like to reach the top level in the sport.
Every year, Surfing Vanimo tries its best to hosts local events to gather people together and build confidence in young athletes and promote the sport. Tekwie says they try to gather sponsors together, some have been very helpful and would like to contribute to the growth of surfing in the country.
“We are trying our best and they are also trying their best to support us.”
Tekwie said with a host of talent in the province it tends to be quite challenging in garnering support for the growth of the sport.
He added that this all depends on the national body to expose these raw talent. West Sepik Province has the biggest following in terms of youth participation in the sport of surfing and Tekwie believes that this may be the case in other provinces as well.
“We have young people who are ready to take part, but the problem is that everything needs to be constant.”
He said that this is about promoting the code and is encouraging more people to take part by hosting regular events. Tekwie further added that PNG does not have anybody on the international stage as yet but hopes to one day see the sport develop fine athletes.
He is now calling on the Government to look into this area of sporting.