Polar Bear Surf Classic

Polar Bear Surf Classic

The 38th Mammoth Modern Insulation Polar Bear Classic

17th – 18th August 2019

Hey Folks!  It’s that wintery time of year again, dig out your 4/3’s and booties and head over to beautiful Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka Coast to enter/spectate/participate/commemorate one of the country’s longest running surf competitions!

North Coast Boardriders are stoked to partner up with Mammoth Modern Insulation once again to bring you installation number 38 of our epic cold water competition.

The Polar bear classic was first held in 1981 as a fundraiser and an excuse to invite other clubs who could make the trek for a good party in the middle of winter, a fun competition at Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka coast.  Although the surf is unpredictable at this time of the year ,we have had some impressive surf and some even more impressive surfing from the region’s top surfers, with entrants from all over the country.

This year North Coast Boardriders are happy to offer $1000 prize money to both the Open Men’s and Open Women’s division winners for the second year running.  NCB and the wider Tutukaka Coast Community are proud to stand by our Kaupapa of equal prize money.  It is just one step in recognising our top female athletes for their contribution to the sport and paving the way for equal opportunities within the surfing community and the surfing industry.

Divisions for this year are:

Open Men, Open Women’s, Over 40’s, Over 50’s/60’s , Longboard (over 9ft), Under 18 boys, Under 14 boys, Under 16 girls, Under 10’s mixed . 

Click HERE to enter…..

Is the comp on or off?

Kia ora koutou,
Most of you have been watching the surf forecast like Hawks I’m sure, (probably not more than me though!) so you won’t be surprised to hear that we are postponing the Polar Bear Classic for this weekend.
The new date is now the 24th & 25th August.
We will make another call NEXT wednesday (21st) about that weekend.
IF you have entered, please email Erin at ncboardriders.secretary@gmail.com to let her know if you are still available to compete on the 24th & 25th.
Please do this before 5pm this Friday so that we can let the waitlist people know and open up entries again.
If you are on the waitlist, please also email Erin to confirm you still want to compete and then stay tuned as some spots may open up. People on the waitlist have first priority and then we will open the entry form back up again if there are any other spots available.
Cheers!

PLEASE NOTE:

As at 18/8/19 we have nearly reached capacity across all divisions:

Longboard – FULL
Under 10 – FULL
Under 14 boys – FULL
Under 18 boys – FULL
Over 50’s/60’s – FULL

Over 40’s – FULL

Open men – FULL

Under 16 girls – 2

Open Women – 4

Unfortunately we have had to close the waitlist for all other divisions due to overwhelming numbers and demand

Click HERE to enter…..

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2018 POLAR BEAR DEBRIEF AND RESULTS

The Polar Bear went off with a bang on the 4 th and 5 th of August with a record number
of entrants (94). We couldn’t have dreamed of better conditions for a surf
competition, Sandy Bay really delivered the goods this year with beautiful warm
weather and a pumping easterly swell, it definitely felt like the winterless north.
Maybe Tangaroa knew that this year was special, with Dive! Tutukaka joining
Mammoth Insulation as a major sponsor and putting up a whopping $1000 for the
Open Women’s division winner to match the Open Men’s division prize money.In the surfing industry equal prize money for men and women is currently being debated across the globe, but here on the little old Tutukaka Coast, we didn’t need to debate about it, it was an easy and organic transition and was well supported by everybody on the committee and by the awesome community and businesses we are surrounded with here.

The sponsorship this year was huge, and we are so grateful to all our sponsors, the prize
bags were jam packed and all the finalists were stoked. The raffle also went
awesome and all the kids from our grommet training programmes worked hard
selling them throughout the week, then on finals day we had a great crowd watching
and waiting to hear if they had won.

This year the NCB is focusing on youth development as we watch the emergence of
the next generation of hot young surfers. With Northland being off the radar for a lot
of sponsorship and competition opportunities, we believe it is important that we use
our resources to nurture the rising athletes of Te Tai Tokerau, whether it is for that
competitive edge or just for a safe place to come and push themselves and learn
about the ocean and our role as guardians of this beautiful stretch of coastline. The
money raised at the Polar Bear will go a long way to helping us achieve that aim, we
have already had our first meeting since the Polar Bear and approved funding to go
to helping four of our members in the Northland Scholastic Team get down to
Gisborne for the Scholastics in October and we have some big plans in the pipeline
which we look forward to sharing with everyone.

Back to the Polar Bear, and we all stood around the banks of the Sandy Bay carpark
listening to the results of the finals on a sunny Sunday arvo when Eli Jacobs, a
young surfer who had come over from the Gold Coast to visit family and stay in his
Aunties batch at Sandy Bay, stepped forward to accept the Men’s Open Trophy and
the $1000 cheque. What happened next stunned all those in attendance. After
thanking the club for organising and running “one of the best organised comps I have
been to”, Eli handed the $1000 cheque to a group of local junior surfers, saying,
“This money should stay in Sandy Bay”.

What an incredible finish to a brilliant weekend!

Once again a huge thank you to everyone involved, our wonderful volunteers, our epic sponsors, the spectators and the competitors, you are what make these events so awesome.

Most of all thank you to our beautiful coast, who sustains us and gives us enjoyment beyond measure every time we paddle out

Be sure to look out for the next edition of nzsurfmag, which will feature the comp
as well as a couple of our local groms on their first EVER surf photo shoot.

RESULTS:

UNDER 10’S
1st – Ben Porter
2nd – Ezra Donaldson
3rd – Alani Morse
4th – Indi-Lee Ruddell

UNDER 14’S
1st – Tama Kauwhata
2nd – Tai Erceg-Gray
3rd – Ben Moretti
4th – Jack Tyro
UNDER 18’S
1st – Taylor O’leary
2nd – Billy Gilbert
3rd – Cory Vercoe
4th – Thomas Robinson
OVER 40’S
1st – Andrew Robinson
2nd – Josh Borlase
3rd – Glyn Jacobs
4th – Jack Griffith
OVER 50’S
1st – Mark Hoyle
2nd – Jack Griffith
3rd – Glyn Jacobs
4th – Steve Tyro
OVER 60’S
1st – John Gisby
2nd – Richard Waitzer
3rd – Rupert Newbold
4th – Dave Gould
 
LONGBOARD
1st- Zen Wallis
2nd – Glen Johnson
3rd- Winnie Hoogerbrugge
4th- Mark Hoyle 
 
OPEN WOMEN
1st – Laura Griffen
2nd – Wini Paul
3rd – Mischa Davis
4th – Renee Ruddell 
 
OPEN MENS
1st – Eli Jacobs
2nd – Dune Kennings
3rd – Rian Boyd
4th – Andrew Robinson


2018 Polar Bear Entry Form


The Polar bear classic was first held in 1981 as a fundraiser and an excuse to invite other clubs who could make the trek for a good party in the middle of winter, a fun competition at Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka coast.  Although the surf is unpredictable at this time of the year ,we have had some impressive surf and some even more impressive surfing from the region’s top surfers, plus a few from as far away as Gisborne & Taranaki.

This year (2018) the North Coast Boardriders is proud to offer $1000 to both the Open Men’s and Open Women’s division winners for the first time.

Equal prize money is just one step in recognising our top female athletes for their contribution to the sport and paving the way for equal opportunities within the surfing community and the surfing industry.  We are at the forefront of this movement in NZ as one of the few clubs in the world encouraging women and girls in surfing through equal prize money.  The Women’s division will be named the ‘Dive! Tutukaka, Open Womens’ in honour of our generous sponsor.  Dive! Tutukaka also sponsor the club throughout the year and are committed to equal pay, sustainability and youth development, just like we are.  Mammoth Insulation are our major sponsor again this year and put up the prize money for the ‘Mammoth Insulation, Open Men’s division’.

The Polar Bear is always well supported and there are surfers who are now surfing in the over 40’s & 50’s divisions that attended those early Polar Bear as grommets. Prizes over the years have ranged from custom surfboards to a sheep (it was taken home alive) but everyone leaves with a sponsors printed t-shirt for their efforts. The 8 Divisions for the 2018 event are,

The Open (this is the Trophy division) Open Women’s, Over 40’s, Over 50’s/60’s , Longboard (over 9ft), Under 18’s, Under 14’s, Under 10’s

Again this Annual Fundraiser would not be possible without the ongoing support from our Sponsors.

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