Surfing Extravaganza Playa del Ingles 27th August, 2011
On the 27th August 2011 history was made in Playa del Ingles with the first ever initiation in surfing extravaganza, available free to all children in the area of San Bartolome de Tirajana and organised by Concejalía de Turismo y de Deportes of the Ayuntamiento de San Bartolomé de Tirajana with the collaboration of the surf schools Surf Gran Canaria and Surf Canaries and Stand Up Paddle School Second Reef, supported by Cruz Roja and the Policía Local.
64 children from 10 years onwards joined by the team of Surfing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) instructors took part in this historical event and by 09:30, the - usually drab - atmosphere in the Ayuntamiento building in Playa del Ingles was alive with babbling, excited children.
After calming down the ravenous bunch, instructors from Surf Canaries, Surf Gran Canaria and Second Reef set about giving an informative talk and theory class on a massive projector. The teams were then organised and headed towards the beach...
...Those that didn't know about the event soon did - as the crocodile line of children descended on the beach and marched their way to the point where their materials awaited them.
What proceeded can only be described as a splash of joy, colour and sound as all of the 64 children tried their hand at surfing and SUP. The conditions were perfect (as they often are in summer in Playa del Ingles) and plenty of fun was had.
Some of the children showed a real natural talent for the sport and hopefully we will have found some of the new generation of athletes; numbers were exchanged at the end of the day to make sure that this first contact with the sport will not be the last.
Local surf shop owner Serafin from Chera Surf Shop, together with prestigious surf make Ocean Earth tirelessly worked on the organization of the day and supplied the kids with incredible prizes. No kid left empty handed with a gift pack, courtesy of Ocean Earth and Chera Surf Shop.
photos: Rodrigo Jiménez
Even finishing as late as 4pm, the kids still wanted to carry on and with the day terminating in a speech from the Concejal de Playas, José Carlos Álamo Ojeda and the prize ceremony, everyone left satisfied, tired and with a big smile on their faces.
We really must thank everyone who took part and helped out. José Carlos Álamo Ojeda and Miguel Mesa from the Ayuntamiento, Frutería Carmen, Animación.com, El Cuadrado, Chera Surf Shop http://www.facebook.com/pages/chera-surf-shop/122310144464525, Ocean Earth, Surf Canaries www.surf-canaries.com , Surf Gran Canaria http://www.surfgrancanaria.com/ , Secondreef http://www.secondreef.blog.com/ and thanks also to Under Water Canarias http://www.underwatercanarias.com/ for these spectacular images that were caught on camera.
Hopefully it will set a precedent and before long we will see a similar event. Left up to the kids it would be tomorrow!