More than 60 Christchurch surfers waited until the sun went down before catching the waves.
The Canterbury University Boardriders Association's annual Night Surf at New Brighton resumed last night after an earthquake-enforced year off.
Trailer-mounted lights were placed on New Brighton Pier to give the surfers a good view of the breaks.
Association president Erin Gallagher said the group was "stoked" to get the event under way again.
"It's set up for our members to get out there and night surf, something a bit different, but we always get heaps of locals coming out as well. It's pretty mint.
"It's been a really good turnout and there's a good number of people watching on the pier. We had coffees and hot chocolates for them."
There were no official placings, but an informal competition was held.
"We've kept an eye on people, and give small prizes like who rips the best wave, who did the best trick."
- The Press
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