Just after 6pm on an early summer evening, 22 farmers and rural workers, gathered on Sumner beach for something completely different.
They were there for the Christchurch launch of the 2021-22 Surfing for Farmers season – a chance to trade the paddock for the beach, kick back, and have some fun.
The 13-week learn-to-surf and mental health initiative has been going for four years. It gives farmers a chance to step away from the farm, get fresh air and exercise, chat with other farmers, rural families and industry professionals, and even enjoy a free barbecue at the end of the evening.
Lincoln Agritech Ltd has this year chosen to sponsor the regional programme, seeing it as a great opportunity to support our rural communities.
“Surfing for Farmers is a great initiative,” says Lincoln Agritech Group Manager Business Development & Marketing, Sophie Rebbeck. “It’s an honour to give back to these amazing farmers and growers who do so much for our country and our economy.
“Lincoln Agritech is all about delivering innovative solutions for real-world problems with environmental and primary sector applications. And that means supporting our farmers and helping them to maintain their physical and mental health. We think this is a great programme, and we’re happy to be part of it.”
Having originally started in Gisborne, the Surfing for Farmers now operates at 22 locations around the country. Find out if there’s a location near you.