Mark Riley from Balsawood surfboards foray into the wilds of Papua New Guinea.
Video from the 2016 trip - click here
Mark Riley owner of Riley Balsa Surfboards visited the balsawood farm and factory in PNG from where he sources his balsawood and then took a group surfing to Kavieng staying at the Nusa Island Retreat, which is the capital of the New Guinean Province of New Ireland situated on the northern tip of the island in April 2016 and has planned on going back to Kavieng to build some more boards on 27th of March 2017 to the 7th April - 11 nights.
Mark has been building Eco friendly Balsa boards for the past 20 years and originally sourced his balsawood from Ecuador, but 5 years ago discovered a much better quality wood in PNG, and since then has been importing containers of balsawood from PNG.
Mark and his party are travelling to PNG by Air Niugini direct to Nusa Island on the same day.
The whole adventure was recorded and documented by Ian Hamilton from Lime light Studios. They will focus on a stand alone video that will highlight the ecological benefits of using balsa instead of PU foam and also the work carried out by SAPNG and PNGPTA.
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 inaugural adventure in 2016 was to meet and surf with the locals and to build boards with them and create great new friendships with great success.
The group will staying at the beautiful Nusa Island Retreat which is renowned for its eco friendly environment and thinking.
This will be a yearly event so if you are interested in the 2017 trip contact Mark and start planning now.
This trip would not have been possible without the assistance of Air Nuigini [ the only way to fly ] Nusa Island Retreat [ your home away from home ] and World Surfaris [ The best surf travel agent in the business ].
- The trip includes
- Return Airfares
- All food - 3 meals a day including a seafood buffet dinner
- Surf transfer to any location that suits your ability
- Snorkeling transfers
- Fishing transfers
- Surf guides
If you wanted to build your own board under the guidance of Mark and Kavelo the cost will be around $800.
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/
Included in the package will be free wax or paint on grip , free natural zinc, half price shark banz, and many more bonuses.
Time lapse of Mark making a balsa mini mal with the locals and handing out gifts to the children.
Link for story in Smorgasboarder - https://issuu.com/smorgasboarder/docs/smorgasboarder_35_winter_2016-s/1
For more info on this years trip check out - http://www.coastalwatch.com/travel/17004/what-it-s-like-to-build-surf-a-balsa-board-in-papua-new-guinea