Inaugural Papua New Guinea Trip... a Success!

Mark Riley (Riley Balsawood Surf Boards) has just returned from Papua New Guinea with a heap of photos, videos, stories and new friendships 

Mark travelled to Kavieng in the North of PNG and stayed at Nusa Island Retreat for the 2 weeks and built 3 balsa boards with the locals. 

He travelled with Air Niugini from Sydney to Kavieng with a short boat trip across to Nusa Island. 

He made a great decision on appointing Ian Hamilton from Lime Light Creative media. Both Ian and Oliver were so passionate and worked non stop in getting some fantastic photos and videos that will blow your minds on Mark building boards, visiting the balsa mill and farm, making 3 balsa boards with the locals, diving, fishing and of course surfing at many different locations with the locals.

Kavelo cutting back and polishing the mini mal.

The trip was so successful Mark will take a crew next year and make another board. If you wanted to make a board or watch one being made and come and surf with the locals and get some great pro photos join us at PNG 2017 to surf and build

New video - check out this new Craft video by Colum

Nice rashie Mark all pulled together by the talented Kim Richardson from Ohana Ocean Athletics

Big thank you to SAPNG for the help and assistance and what a great system they have in place to protect the reefs and help the land owners - check it out at SAPNG

This project could not have been completed without the help of World Surfaris 

And last but not least Papua New Guinea Travel


Nusa Island Retreat and World Surfaris 

What a great bunch of partners to work with! Mark cannot talk more highly of these 2 great organisations, how accommodating, flexible and the service is impeccable. Mark is taking with him 200kg of tools, materials and equipment to Nusa Island Retreat to build these boards so a lot of planning was required to get it right for all of the travelling parties.

Beach front bungalow at Nusa Island Retreat 

World Surfaris Video

Check out this video of World Surfaris and Nusa Island Retreat
We will meet up with Andy Able from SAPNG - SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

They have developed a unique and sustainable foundation upon which the surfing resource is developed and managed for the collective benefit of its traditional resource custodians and SAPNG affiliated surf clubs and commercial operators.

The rest of the world needs to take note.

The crew will be followed and documenting all aspects of the trip with still photos and video by the creative talents of Ian Henderson from Limelight Creative Media  

These guys are amazing - the planning and execution so far is first class. They will be focasing on a stand alone video that will demonstrate the Ecological benefits of using balsa instead of PU foam, highlighting the great work by SAPNG and  PNGTPA "PNG Tourism Promotion Authority"


Check out these logos that have been printed by South Coast Ink and Toner Supplies 

These will be laminated into the 5 boards that Mark will be taking to test and of course the board that will be built in PNG and left there with the locals at Nusa Island Retreat.

I am humbled and absolutely stoked with this sabbatical that I could turn around and go back tomorrow. The people and places have been fantastic and all the hard work has been done now and we have put in place the plans to do this every year in April to go back and visit the children surfing and the board builders to support them and to see them growing. So if you are interested in joining us one year around April contact me at [email protected] and come surf, dive, fish, play, build boards, mix with the locals. I have to thanks Nusa Island Retreat, Air Niugini, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, World Surfaris, Lime Light Creative Media, SURFING ASSOCIATION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA, and Dylan Jeffrey, this would have not been possible without you guys, see you all next year. 

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