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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 6. April 9, 1968

Surfriders Club rises in popularity

Surfriders Club rises in popularity

The Victoria University Surfriders Club, formed in April last year, has proved to be one of the most popular and enthusiastic Clubs in the University, boosting its membership from 50 to 100 this year, making it the third largest Sports Club.

Under President John O'Leary most of last year was spent in formulating a constitution, planning competitions and acquiring gear, regular club outings to Lyall and Titahi Bay did not start till July when water and air temperatures were in the middle 40's.

Already this year, a formidable list of projects has been lined up. Last week the first club competition of the year was held at Otaki Beach to choose a three man team to represent the university in the Easter tournament at Castlepoint.

Response to the competition was phenomenal with over 60 surfers vieing for places in the team in which Andy Smythe, Hamish Niel and Dave Price (all 1st year students) were selected for tournament.

The first club trip is to be over Easter, it is intended to travel to Castlepoint to participate in the surfing at tournament and then move on to New Plymouth for a few days in some really good surf.

General policy is aimed towards having a competition on a monthly basis and a club trip around every 6 weeks.

These trips will take in places like Castlepoint. Cape Palliser and possibly Gisborne in study week. The competitions are aimed towards the presentation of a trophy at the end of the year to the top surfer in the club — the individual who has acquired the most points in the competitions.

This provides an incentive for members to compete and improve their surfing ability. The club is not restricted solely to experienced surfers it also caters for those who are only midly proficient or who cannot surf at all, as there are many willing tutors and one can always borrow a spare surfboard.