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The Mount Surf Festival was a free one-day event, drawing together shapers, creators, live music, workshops, and food and drink, from 10-3pm on Saturday 27th February 2021. The event will took place on Mount Drury in Mount Maunganui, a grassy patch located a few metres from the Main Beach and the town’s iconic Leisure Island.

The Festival aimed to celebrate and showcase New Zealand’s surf culture, while also emphasising the importance of finding fun outdoors and the responsibility we all share for looking after the coast and ocean. The event will be a space where people can meet and develop new connections, as well as enter and celebrate the world of surfing without feeling intimidated or out of place.

There was 10 shapers bringing a quiver of boards to the event which guests found in The Boardroom, including Le Noel, Seda Customs, By Marsden, Jordan Griffin, Alt Surfworks, Red Leaf, Oswald, Bearbones, Barron Surfboards, and Verdure (formerly Organic Dynamic). The Market, a collection of 11 stalls all run by New Zealand brands with products associated with the ocean and surfing, included sea-inspired silver and gold jewellery from Found Treasure, surf wax and accessories from Climax Surf Wax, and NZ-made sunscreen from Sol Zinc, along with many others which you can find on The Market page.

The event was completely free to attend and everyone is invited, encouraging all walks of life to enjoy the event, with live music from local musicians, and food and drink available from a number of vendors, which you can find out more about here.

Nudes Drinks also joined, bringing Batchwell, For The Better Good, Chia Sisters and Six Barrel Soda Company with them, a range of soft drinks that have the health of our bodies and planet at the forefront of everything they do, all following a simple mantra of ‘nothing to hide’.

The Festival itself aims to be totally plastic free, and a raffle took place on the day with a number of prizes available, including a surfboard generously donated by By Marsden, with all proceeds going to our charity of choice, Project Blue. The fundraising efforts aims to help the charity, formed by a group of 25 ocean enthusiasts, in its aim to eradicate single use plastic at the source.

The Mount Surf Festival was followed by an after party at Astrolabe, with a live band and DJs playing from 6pm until late. And it doesn’t stop there. On Sunday 28th February, The Mount’s annual Log Jam took place on Main Beach, a fun, laid-back logging competition.

See you next year!

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