Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society is a Society dedicated to the conservation of the "treasures" of the New Zealand Surfing Community - our surfbreaks - through the preservation of their natural characteristics, water quality, marine eco systems and low impact access for all. We strive to be Aotearoa's Kaitiaki "Guardians - Trustees" of our surfbreaks and the natural environments that compliment them.
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Duke Kahanamoku presented with a korowai by Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V  paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa

Duke Kahanahamoku – Our Nation Celebrating 100 years since.

“Where is this Honolulu Maori you call Hawaiian?” Are the words that paramount chief Tureiti Te Heuheu Tukino V of Ngati Tuwharetoa spoke as he made his way through the crowd seeking the Olympic gold medalist giving his surfing demonstration at Lyall Bay …

The legendary 
Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated the sport of kings to the wider NZ public at Lyall Bay in 1915…


Is the current airport extension proposal a threat to our surfing heritage?

Proposed Airport Extension in Lyall Bay

Lyall Bay is a heritage site for New Zealand surfing. In 1915 Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku – Olympic champion, father of modern surfing, demonstrated the sport of kings at the bay. 100 years later and WIAL airport extension may degrade this heritage surfing venue. …


Surfbreak legal protection and planning

New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …


Aramoana – Whareakeake

19th December 2013 SPS is happy to have found mutual understanding with Port Otago Ltd and its shareholder Otago regional Council over the best practice to avoid adverse effects on Aramoana Spit and Whareakake surfbreaks from the depositing of  dredge …


Auckland Region

Auckland region (which is the consolidation of Auckland regional Council, Auckland City, North Shore City, Rodney City, Manukau City, etc) is looking to establish it’s long term Unitary Plan, of which the regions Coastal Plan will form part. Auckland region …

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    • Mar 19, 2015

      With the remnants of Cyclone Pam spinning on down past the Chatham’s, we have a good setup for swell this Saturday to mark one hundred years of Duke Kahanamoku demonstrating his surfing skills to a crowd of thousands at Lyall Bay as a guest of Lyall Bay SLSC in 1915.


      9:30 am = Opening ceremony at the Corner – Eastern end of the beach
      10:00 am = Comp starts with heats throughout the day. Prizes awarded for craziest board, coolest costume, most entertaining ride, biggest crowd pleaser
      10:45-12:15 pm = Grommets/learn to surf
      12:30 pm = Group photo (all surfers lined up with boards behind like back in the day)
      1:30 pm = Paddle race (any board but no paddles)
      6 pm = Prizegiving
      7 pm = Party (featuring live music)

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    • Mar 19, 2015

      On the 1st of March Dunedin celebrated Duke Kahanamoku visiting “our place” 100 years ago.
      It is reported that while the Duke visited Dunedin for a swimming exhibition he visited St Clair Beach and ripped the back off a chair and used it as a body surfing aid.

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    • Mar 2, 2015

      RAGLAN : A facebook page has been set up based on lies and misleading information regarding a house to be built near indicators for the rightful Tangata whenua.


      Be aware that when you make your way to indicators you are actually trespassing across Unextinguised Maori title land, you make your way to Indicators with the tolerance of the indigenous people. There is no right of public access.

      If ignorant, abusive, and threatening comments aimed at the Tangata whenua continue (by mostly pakeha surfers) on that page, then the Surfbreak Protection Society will be unable to predict the future access to Indicators.

      It is in your hands, be respectful or lose it, simple.

      If you have previously liked that page, and regret your action, you can unlike a page, just follow the instructions on this youtube video –

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    • Feb 26, 2015

      Aloha! As usual a lot …

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    • Feb 24, 2015

      Celebrations are to be held in New Brighton Christchurch, St Clair Beach Dunedin, Lyall Bay Wellington, and Fitzroy Beach New Plymouth to commemorate 100 years since Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku first demonstrated his swimming and surfing prowess at public events held in Dunedin Christchurch Wellington and Auckland.
      Saturday the 28th of February will see a full schedule of events, including a Whakatau and karikia to welcome the Dukes whanau and other honoured guests including the Mayor Lianne Dalziel – The event includes unveiling a plaque of the Duke.

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    • Jan 30, 2015

      Monthly Update January 2015 -A short round up of whats happening with Surfbreak Protection

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