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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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. …

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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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  • Jan 30, 2015

    Celebrations are to be held in New Brighton Christchurch, and Lyall Bay Wellington, to commemorate 100 years since the father of modern surfing first demonstrated the sport of kings at public events at both locations.
    In ChCh the New Brighton Pier and Foreshore Society are unveiling a centennial memorial that will consist of a replica surfboard and bronze plaque. The society has invited Sandy Hall who is the Duke’s official biographer – Earl Pa Mai Tenn who represents the Duke’s family and Master Hawaiian Ukulele and Hula teacher Edwina Noelani Mahoe, will also be present for the celebration on the 28th of February.
    The Wellington Boardriders Club will be running a commemorative day on Sat 20 March at Lyall Bay, Instead of being a standard surf comp it will be a fun filled day with spot prizes and awards for best Hawaiian costume, vintage costume, vintage board, best performance, best wave, oldest and youngest surfers.

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  • Jan 23, 2015

    Media Release: The Wellington Boardriders Club (WBC ) and the Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) are both concerned about the loss of “Airport Rights,” a heavy wave at the end of the airport runway that will disappear if the airport extension goes ahead. – Both organisations find it a bit ironic that they are facing a submission process to protect our surfing heritage exactly 100 years since the father of modern surfing the legendary Duke Kahanamoku first surfed Lyall Bay.

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  • Jan 8, 2015

    WGTN Airport – Where To For Lyall Bay From Here? –
    One Hundred years after Duke Kahanamoko popularized surfing with a demonstration at Lyall Bay, a proposed 300 meter airport extension to the south has the potential to degrade surfing wave quality for the corner surfbreak – and perhaps even the rest of the bay. the existing reclamation already holds a major influence over Lyall Bay’s swell corridor, currents, sediment pathways, and surfbreaks.

    Will the proposed 300 meter extension have a negative impact on surfing in Lyall Bay?..

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  • Dec 24, 2014

    The MV Lake Triview ran aground on the Waiwhakaiho Reef at approximately 2115 hours (9.15 pm) on 24th May 2014, becoming stuck fast on the reef, some 930 metres more or less north-west of the nationally significant surfbreak – Waiwhakaiho . The vessel’s Captain ordered the engines to full ahead and after approximately five minutes, the ship slowly eased off the reef. When the Ship limped into Port Taranaki, divers inspected the hull and found 24 breeches, some large enough for them to swim into.With 400 tonnes of oil on board and 8200 tonnes of soy meal as its cargo the event had the potential to significantly eclipse the Rena grounding. The Cargo itself would have led to a systemic near shore disaster unparalleled in NZ maritime history

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  • Dec 19, 2014

    Wastewater discharges into Whangamata’s estuaries are nothing new, and it’s because of continual pressure from the likes of Paul Shanks, Clean Water Whangamata and other locals since 1997 that TCDC finally relented and upgraded the plant in 2009… But the toxic algae blooms remain, what’s more they give the appearance of managed events on Spring tides – either side of a holiday weekend but not during – and linked to rain events. Why are these blooms happening and why are both TCDC and WRC so coy and unwilling to investigate?

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