Riley Balsa is pleased to announce that Marks dream to give back to the country that has given him the best balsawood in the past 5 years is a reality.
Riley has been building Eco friendly balsa boards for the past 20 years, but Mark only just discovered the best balsa in the world was grown in Papua New Guinea 5 years ago. He has been importing the balsa by the container load and has just ordered another container and wants to go and see the wood cut, harvested and milled with his own eyes.
Mark will travel via Air Niugini from Sydney to the farm and the mill in the same day and select some perfect balsa to take to Kavieng and show the locals how to build a solid balsa board
Nusa Island Retreat and World Surfaris are a great bunch of partners to work with! Mark cannot talk more highly of these 2 great organisations, how accommodating, flexible and the service is impeccable. Mark is taking with him 200kg of tools, materials and equipment to Nusa Island Retreat to build these boards and 5 sample test performance balsa boards - so a lot of planning was required to get it right for all of the travelling parties.
Mark will meet up with Andy Able from SAPNG - SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. They have developed a unique and sustainable foundation upon which the surfing resource is developed and managed for the collective benefit of its traditional resource custodians and SAPNG affiliated surf clubs and commercial operators. http://www.sapng.com/ The rest of the world needs to take note.
The crew will be followed and documenting all aspects of the trip with still photos and video by the creative talents of Ian Henderson from Limelight Creative Media . These guys are amazing - the planning and execution so far is first class. They will be focusing on a standalone video that will demonstrate the Ecological benefits of using balsa instead of PU foam, highlighting the great work by SAPNG and PNGTPA "PNG Tourism Promotion Authority"
THIS IS THE INAUGURAL ADVENTURE TO MEET THE LOCALS BUILD SOME BOARD SURF OUR BRAINS OUT AND CREATE SOME GREAT FRIENDSHIPS. THEY WILL BE MAKING THIS A YEARLY EVENT SO PLEASE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED FOR NEXT YEAR START THE PROCESS.