The National - Wednesday, March 9, 2011
SPONSORSHIP in waves have consecutively hit the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea as they finally hit their target of K100,000 to host this year’s national titles.
Yesterday saw Trukai Industries and PNG Motors each pour in their share of K10,000 while the Carpenters Group of Companies under its “Globe” brand claimed the naming rights with K50,000.
Trukai’s sponsorship will go towards the new “stand-up paddle” and retro surfing contests while PNG Motors support will go towards the long board contest.
The 2011 Globe National Surfing Titles will be held at Tapira in the Ulingan Bay, Madang, from March 19-26.
During the announcement of the naming rights yesterday, Carpenters Estates operations and sales manager Rangaswamy Ramesh said that Carpenters were pleased to support surfing because the SAPNG had a sound development strategy in place along with a and a bright future.
He added that the support was a step forward in developing people and their communities with not only the sporting aspect of surfing but the economic value it wouldbring with tourism.
He added that the company had supported clubs in the region as well as regional games and this was the first time that it had taken the lead on a bigger scale.
SAPNG president Andrew Abel said the association was proud with Globe coming in with half the value of hosting the events which marked another important milestone between the two organisations working hand in hand to move the sport while also developing and showcasing PNG’s rural communities.
Abel also revealed that the event would see selection for a team to the Pacific Games in New Caledonia later this year.
He said the focus of the titles would be on the long board and short board events with boogey boarding dropped.
Next year, SAPNG will be hosting the World Qualifying Series in Vanimo which will be an important event that will showcase PNG to the world.
Abel said with the Vanimo event next year, wild cards would be drawn for PNG surfers to participate in the Wor