Surfing for Farmers

Published on 23 December 2021

Surfing for Farmers at Campbells Bay

You don't get many dolphins down on the farm, but the chaps and chapettes who took a break from making baleage to turn out for last night's Surfing for Farmers at Campbells Bay, Kakanui, took it in their stride when a pair of Hectors dolphins came to watch.

It was a beautiful night for the surf therapy initiative which is helping improve mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand rural communities. Surfing for Farmers is back for its fourth season across 21 locations this summer. Launched in Gisborne in 2018 by Stephen Thomson, thousands of farmers around the country have taken part already.

The Surfing for Farmers programme gives farmers and growers the opportunity to step away from what can be all-consuming business, get out on the water for a surf, enjoy a BBQ and share stories with others in the rural community. All equipment and coaching is provided free of charge.

Shout out to the premium sponsors: Ballance Agri-nutrients, Bayley’s, NZ Beef & Lamb, Meridian Energy, Jarden and Rabobank.

Waitaki District Council is stoked to be a “Local Legends” sponsor, alongside Whitestone Cheese, Rural Support Otago, Scotts Brewing Co, Oamaru Doctors, Anzco Foods, and LIC.