Allen Pidwell, committee member
My Cornish Ancestors disembarked from the Bengal Tiger at Petone in February 1840 so my family has a big stake in this land. Started out as a Clubbie in 1957 and built my first Mal in 1962 – hooked ever since.
Secretary of the Wanganui Surf Riding Club 1964 to 1984. Secretary New Plymouth Surf Rider’s Club 2005 to present – and Editor of their newsletter “LINEUP” since 2004. Now retired, gained heaps of experience dealing with international corporates in my previous life and during the eighties while involved in rafting with my family has prepared submissions to Govt on protection of several rivers such as the Rangitikei, Motu and Whanganui. Now passionately involved in getting Govt and Territorial Authorities to understand that surf breaks are virtually irreplaceable assets and must be protected. Recently had success with submissions to the New Plymouth District Council on their new Coastal Management Strategy and Coastal Reserves Management Plan. Found that Surf Break Protection is an ideal way in being able to project a national voice of advocacy.