Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


Aotearoa NZ's independent voice of fishing, hunting & outdoors

Fishing & Outdoors Vol 4 Issue 3

2 min read

Sometimes, there’s more to taking to the waves than first appearances. While fun and adventure are certainly part of the appeal of surfing, there’s another goal behind the small, dedicated group that is encouraging farmers to swap their gumboots for surfboards.

Stephen Thomson, founder of Surfing for Farmers, is inviting farmers around New Zealand to (wet) suit up. The initiative takes a unique approach to stimulate the mental health conversation and support and make waves against the battle with the blues.   

Started in Gisborne back in 2018 to encourage the locals off their land for an evening, Surfing for Farmers provides everything farmers need to get out on the water and destress for free. Over four summers, the initiative has grown exponentially from one beach to 24 locations across the North and South Island.

Find out more about this wonderful initiative in our cover story this month.

We also take a look at the Fish ’N Chicks Tournament 2022 held at the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club. Despite navigating the challenging COVID-19 restrictions, 201 ladies participated in this year’s tournament.

Also, we’re also giving readers a chance to win interesting books so don’t forget to check out our competitions page.

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