Press Release from Riley Balsa wood surfboards

Christmas Presents for the Adventurers to PNG.

If you are thinking about going over to PNG with Mark in March! 

If you sign up in December for the trip you will get a free 6 months Coastal Watch Plus subscription/ Surfing Life Subscription from World Surfaris



Check out the locals surfing on their flitches - its amazing to watch



If you wanted to know more about this trip there is more info here at the Riley web site

World Surfaris have done an exceptional job in putting this trip together, if you want to contact them click here Steve will help you out with any enquiries.

If you are Australian you do not need visas prior to going.

To get a feel for what you can expect check out this video by Ian Hamilton from Lime Light Studios

For anything surfing and PNG check out this link - PNG Tourism Promotion Authority
Travel with Mark to PNG and surf, dive and fish in unspoilt paradise and build a balsa board with the locals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVriiWwzlMg

RIP Ron Cansdell

Sadly Ron passed on 25th November to illness. I had only just met Ron a few months ago when he wanted to replicate a 10 foot balsa board like what he built in 57. I was astounded at the skill he still had in his condition. He cut and glued and shaped this board while not being able to walk it was an amazing feat.



I was cuffed to be able to glass this board = it is now proudly handing in Ron's sons house David, which will be a great reminder of the great man.


 

How fitting the closing music was from one of Ron's favourite group - The Carpenters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great night we had last Thursday!!!!

Mark's final piece of the puzzle was revealed last Thursday night with great success.

For the past 12 months Mark has been slowly chipping away at his long term goal of building some balsawood surfboards with the locals in PNG. 
The video and photos were released at The Sting bar with some great feedback from the sponsors and the surfers and the general public.

Mark started the night with a rundown on how Riley Balsawood Surfboards was created in 1996 and what he has been doing for the past 20 years.


With a set up like this at the Sting bar what could possibly go wrong?

Mark then thanked all that has helped him in the past 20 years, like The boys from Jacksons, The Sting Bar, Coastalwatch, Nusa Island Retreat, Andy Able, PNG TPA , Rachael Dore, Smorgasboarder Magazine, Pacific Longboarder Magazine, Trevor, and Ron Cansdell who built balsa boards in the 1950's.

 

PNG balsa board building Video 

The 18 minute video was then released to the crowd. Ian Hamilton from Lime Light Creative Studios has done an amazing job in putting this together. He had everything in this - drone footage and surfing balsa short boards and longboards, minimals and fish, the friendly kids of the island, Shaun and Kavelo from Nusa Island, diving, Air Niugini, balsa farms, balsa saw mills, locals building balsa boards, glassing balsa boards, 
To watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVriiWwzlMg


 

A big thank you to - 

1.Air Niugini – Airline  http://airniugini.com.pg/

 2.SAPNG - SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA 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/

 3.NASA - Niu Ailan Surfriders Alliance, Kavieng, Papua New Guinea sustainable development of the sport of surfing and surf tourism, the Niu Ailan Surfriders Alliance (NASA) http://www.surfingpng-newireland.org.pg/kavieng.htm

 4.Limelight Creative Media http://www.limelightcreativemedia.com.au/

 5.Nusa Island Resort - http://www.nusaislandretreat.com/

 6.World Surfaris – travel agent - http://www.worldsurfaris.com/

7.PNGTPA as a sponsor/supporter - that's the "PNG Tourism Promotion Authority" http://www.pngtia.com/

8.Kavieng Surf Club

9. South Coast Printing http://www.ink-toner.com.au/

10.Ohana Ocean Athletics http://www.ohanaoceanathletics.com.au/

To watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVriiWwzlMg


Beach front bungalow at Nusa Island Retreat 

 

THE WINNERS!

Mark then announced the winners of the prizes.

The balsawood Surfboard went to - Andrew Murphy aca Pos/ Buc

 

The trip to PNG from Air Niugini – Airline  http://airniugini.com.pg/ - Matty Cook aca Cookie



The Bottle of Balvenie Whisky -  Melanie

The South Coast Ink and Toner surfboard laminates - Darren Wolf and Jenny Carmody

The Ohana Ocean Athletics beach packs - Micky and Monique Roddenby

The Sting Bar voucher - Wayne Bromfield

The Pacific Longboarder subscriptions - Carmin Solano, Scott Campbell, Tyler Barnes, Luca

For the video of the draw - click here 

Booking now for PNG

If you are interesting in going to Nusa Island Retreat next March with Mark contact Mark or World Surfaris now because they are only taking 20 people and there is only 10 spots left. First in best dressed.

World Surfaris Video

Check out this video of World Surfaris and Nusa Island Retreat

 
They 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 was followed and documented 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 focasing on a stand alone 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"

 
Check out these logos that have been printed by South Coast Ink and Toner Supplies 

These were laminated into the 5 boards that Mark took to test and of course the board that will be built in PNG and left there with the locals at Nusa Island Retreat.

 

Inaugural Papua New Guinea Surf trip and build a balsa board adventure


Riley 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 - he 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. 

Kavelo cutting back and polishing the mini mal.

The trip was so successful Mark will take a crew next year and make another board. If you wanted to make a board or watch one being made and come and surf with the locals and get some great pro photos join us at PNG 2017 to surf and build

New video - check out this new Craft video by Colum



Nice rashie Mark all pulled together by the talented Kim Richardson from Ohana Ocean Athletics

I am humbled and absolutely stoked with this sabbatical that I could turn around and go back tomorrow. The people and places have been fantastic and all the hard work has been done now and we have put in place the plans to do this every year in April to go back and visit the children surfing and the board builders to support them and to see them growing. So if you are interested in joining us one year around April contact me at mark@riley.com.au and come surf, dive, fish, play, build boards, mix with the locals. I have to thanks Nusa Island Retreat, Air Niugini, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, World Surfaris, Lime Light Creative Media, SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA, and Dylan Jeffrey, this would have not been possible without you guys, see you all next year.

 

Nusa Island Retreat and World Surfaris 

What 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 so a lot of planning was required to get it right for all of the travelling parties.


Beach front bungalow at Nusa Island Retreat 

World Surfaris Video

 

Check out this video of World Surfaris and Nusa Island Retreat

 

We 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 focasing on a stand alone 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"

 

 

Check out these logos that have been printed by South Coast Ink and Toner Supplies 

These will be laminated into the 5 boards that Mark will be taking to test and of course the board that will be built in PNG and left there with the locals at Nusa Island Retreat.

 

 

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THIS IS THE INAUGURAL ADVENTURE TO MEET THE LOCALS BUILD SOME BOARD SURF OUR BRAINS OUT AND CREATE SOME GREAT FRIENDSHIPS. WE WILL BE MAKING THIS A YEARLY EVENT SO PLEASE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED FOR NEXT YEAR START THE PROCESS.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

 February 2016 Sydney Australia.

 What a great day last Saturday at the Ohana Classic. Thanks to Ohana and all the organisers and sponsors for another great event. There were heaps of givaways from Boost Mobile and of course Ohana Ocean Athletics. For more specials click on their names and check out their website.

 After a tumultuous few years with bad weather and big swell the Classic was on with huge anticipation for the all age cameron which was taken out by Elouera - a bit like every other event.

above is Carmelo Pesce Sutherland Mayor and John Shimooka ex top 20 surfer from Boost Mobile

Elouera smashed the day with 638 points -  talk about a home ground advantage, followed by Wanda with 412 points this must have helped with the home ground advantage to be neighbours and Cronulla were on 284 points - cheers to the bate bay clubs.

 The day started with a cracking clear sunrise with a 3-4 foot swell which was closing out on the outer bank. As the tide started pushing up the swell rose to 5 foot and the water events were suspended. Stormboy Richardson (event organiser and MD of Ohana) had his heart in his mouth for nearly an hour thinking oh no here we go again with another cancelled contest. But the swell eased at high tide and they ran the all age cameron event with some very exciting board paddling and swimming in the 4foot waves. Elouera capitalised on snagging a few waves to win the event and take home the cash.

 Next Weekend

 If you have time pop down to Cronulla Mall on Saturday the 6th February and check out the balsa board wall and come and buy a raffle ticket to support the Elouera nippers. Just 5 bucks gives you a chance of either winning the first prize of a new Mazda or second prize a custom built balsawood board.

 If you cannot make it you can purchase your e ticket at this link http://balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com/collections/surf-accessories/products/elouera-nippers-raffle-ticket

 Sunday the 7th February you will see us on display with plenty of demo boards to check out and ride. Come down to THE MARKETS at The Farm for more info check out - https://www.facebook.com/thefarmsmarket/?fref=ts

You could buy your raffle ticket at this location

For more info check out - https://twitter.com/balsasurfboards

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186130004

http://rileybalsa.tumblr.com/

https://www.instagram.com/rileybalsasurfboards/

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Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

http://www.balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com/

156 President Ave.,

Miranda 2228 NSW

Australia

Phone - 0412 376 464

Email - mark@riley.com.au

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PRESS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

 January 2016 Sydney Australia.

 Riley Classic Balsa Boards invites you to explore its new website and Social media platforms. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access and buy and videos with the option to share information across all major social networking sites. - See more at: http://www.balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com/

 "I really love building the most Eco friendly boards available in Australia by hand. My passion for shaping balsa surfboards and sparks a broader interest in this great surfboard material" says Mark Riley, owner of Riley Balsa Surfboards." For good reason, Laird Hamilton states that his most favourite boards are the one's made of balsa. " (see surfermag.com's exclusive interview about Laird). But you don't have to be a big wave lunatic to enjoy the benefits of a balsa surfboard. Lasting longer than a polyurethane surfboard while weighing the same  and being more environmentally friendly, a Riley balsa surfboard is great for all surfers in all surf conditions.

 Riley Australia was one of the first surfboard builders in the world to have their own domain name and web site in 25th January 1999. From that day they have been building balsa wood surfboards and sending them all around the world. As you can see in the archived site - https://web.archive.org/web/19990125102801/http://www.riley.com.au/ Riley has expanded from balsa boards and clocks and added to the mix DIY kits, wood coloured boxes, fin, raw balsa, surfing accessories and shaping accessories, everything you need to build a beautiful balsa board.

 About Riley Balsawood Surfboards

Riley Balsawood Surfboards was founded in 1996 by Mark Riley who had just returned to Australia from an extensive surf trip through Central and South America - in tow a container of Ecuadorian balsa wood. Mark now secures his “perfect quality balsa” from Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. Since shaping his first balsa surfboard, Mark Riley has built a reputation as master craftsman and is still involved in the whole operation of selecting from stock of 1000 pieces of balsa wood, grading, cutting, laminating, shaping and finishing all orders.

 The website was created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today's browsers and mobile devices.

 For more info check out - https://twitter.com/balsasurfboards

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186130004

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https://www.instagram.com/rileybalsasurfboards/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Rilaustralia/featured

Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

http://www.balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com/