NZ 'Dream Tour' surfing event to continue

Last updated 14:53 08/02/2013

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New Zealand’s place on the 2013 women’s surfing Dream Tour has been confirmed with local sponsorships in Taranaki ensuring the world-class contest will continue.

The 10-day New Zealand Surf Festival will start at Easter and run from March 29-April 7.

It will be the fifth of eight contests on the global tour, featuring the world’s 17 elite surfers, including Kiwi Paige Hareb, battling for US$120,000 prizemoney.

The Taranaki contest will follow four events in Australia, though one of those is yet to be confirmed.

“It’s really, really tough to find sponsorship funds in this financial climate so we are very fortunate that a range of both large and small companies and organisations are keen to support us in our fourth successive annual event,” festival director Craig Williamson said.

Taranki has been a tour stop since 2010. 

The TSB Bank Community Trust, the TSB Bank and Venture Taranaki are providing the core funding backed by conttributions from smaller businesses in the surf-mad district. 

The festival incorporates contests for young girls through to masters divisions, including the New Zealand Open, and the five-day window for the Dream Tour competition will run from April 3-7.

The winner of the New Zealand Open wins a wildcard into the main event.

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