The New Brighton Duke Festival of Surfing
A Celebration of Surfing
In 2015 Ross Tyson made the amazing replica of the Duke’s surfboard as part of the centenary celebrations of Duke Kahanamoku’s surfing and swimming displays in the area. Ross designed the support framework; the pattern for the board was kindly drawn out in full size by Mark Calcutt; Dave Poyner finished the board surface with a beautiful high spec coating.
These celebrations spurned the innaugural “Duke Festival” the following year and is now already New Zealand’s largest (and best) surfing event.
The Duke Festival is about more than just the sport of surfing; it’s about the culture of the beach and those who love the sand between their toes and salt in their hair.
The Duke Festival uses the sport and culture of surfing to raise pride in, and the perception of, the wider New Brighton area. It’s an event run entirely by local people who love their community.
In 2018 events include: An art gallery, school surf lessons, an outdoor movie night, kids art competition, a dinner and dance night, a surf board display and a huge number of NZ sactioned surfing events all surfed right here under the pier.