The Guadalcanal Surfing Association formed in 2022, has been promoting surfing in West Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal Province Second Appointed Day activities in Mamara, North West Guadalcanal.
A fresh wave of excitement is sweeping across West Guadalcanal with the establishment of the Guadalcanal Surfing Association. During the festive Mamara trade show to mark Guadalcanal Province’s Second Appointed Day, the group seized the opportunity to introduce their activities, aiming to spark interest in a sport that remains relatively unfamiliar to many on the Solomon Islands, especially in Guadalcanal.
Surfing, a sport enjoyed by many around the world, has found a new home in the Solomon Islands. The Guadalcanal Surfing Association, based primarily around Olotsara where surfers have been riding the waves, has its sights set on expanding the thrill to Tangarare, another coastal spot in West Guadalcanal.
Dennis Tavata, representing the Association spoke to Tavuli News, emphasizing the importance of involving young people in positive endeavors. “Last year, we teamed up with surfers from the Western Province, who helped us create the Association.”
The Solomon Islands, with a majority of its population below 30 years old, face common challenges related to youth involvement and community well-being. The Guadalcanal Surfing Association’s mission aligns with the goal of channeling youthful energy into something productive. By embracing surfing, the association aims to minimize negative influences in communities, striving for a brighter future.