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A letter to our community

31st March 2020 Club News

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Photo: Sharing the stoke in unprecedented times.

Dear Gisborne Community,

We want to firstly extend our best wishes to the entire community to stay healthy and safe through these extraordinary and tough times.

Last night our committee met (via Zoom of course!) to check in on each other and make a plan moving forward. The big question was how do we continue to ‘Share the Stoke’ during these unprecedented times? We all agree that continuing to support not to go surfing is paramount. To further ‘Share the Stoke’ and promote health and wellbeing for our surf community we will:

  • Provide online content to keep you active and engaged with: 

    • Gisborne Boardriders Surf Training

    • Online content and resources

    • Stoke sharing competitions and challenges 

  • Plan awesome future events.

  • Provide any additional help or support to our community.

  • Lead by example and stay strong.

  • Stay positive and connected to our community.

  • Be ready for the day we restart our initiatives like Rippers, Surf for Life, Surfing for Farmers, Shortboarding and Longboarding Competitions. 

‘Sharing the Stoke’ doesn’t look like us policing the waters and that’s not what we will be committing our time and energy to.

We would love to see our surf community stand together in solidarity and unite against COVID-19. Many of us have chosen not to surf at this time and we hope that those who are still surfing can take time to reflect and join us in staying out of the water at this time. We realise as individuals, our opinions & attitudes can vary, and the world is not black or white, but as an organisation we didn’t want to just “sit on the fence”.

Thank you to the community for all your understanding, above everything we hope that you can show compassion and kindness towards others during these challenging times. 

We look forward to reuniting with you all on the other side of COVID-19 and see you all back in the ocean again soon!

Your Committee
Dan, Emily, Flo, Gruts, Phil and Don 

GBC is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: