Tupira Surf Club at Ulingan beach, North coast of Madang, recently hosted the Madang Province PEC Meeting. As covid continues to hit local tourism operators and force them to readjust their business models to cater for opportunities that arise domestically, Tupira Surf Club managed by the Kirriwom family was no except.
Tupira Surf Club was a project between SAPNG and Justice Nicholas Kirriwom which 12 years on is a thriving success and a testimony of how things can be done and should be done in partnership with the traditional resource custodians and host communities.
Custodians now have an income from cocoa, copra and surf tourism as all income goes back to the communities working with SAPNG and wholesalers around the world.
SAPNG's Surf Management levies are charged to all inbound surfers are used to pay for education fees for students around the surf management area communities, health facilities and many community initiatives.
Tupira Surf Club was the host for SAPNG 2011 National Surf Championships and Inaugural 2017 PNG Kumul World Longboard Championship that was steamed live for a week to 120 million viewers around the world.
NB: Courtesy of SAPNG.