Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships - photos
On the weekend, as the Quiksilver Pro was wrapping up in dwindling onshore Snapper Rocks, the longboard world titles kicked off in Tupira on the Papua New Guinea mainland. After a coulourful opening ceremony the first competitors paddled out in glassy 4-5 foot waves at the local reef. The conditions exceeded expectations in both size and duration. Three days later and it's only dropped marginally, coming in now at 3-4 foot.
The organisers have had webcast issues, as might be expected from such a remote location, and they've also been unable to package a highlights reel, so what we're left with are still photos.
The webcast coverage is intermittent, cross your fingers and click here.
At bottom are photos taken by Tom Wegener. Tom is in Tupira to encourage production of surfboards from locally grown timber. As part of the contest, local kids will be paired with a pro surfer in a teams challenge with all entrants riding locally made wood boards.
Contest photos WSL/Hain. Other photos Tom Wegener.
Titima Mange from Papua New Guinea