New Brighton surfers honour Ian Smith

Jeremy Martin rips.

Jeremy Martin rips.

The New Brighton Boardriders Memorial Surf Contest is being held this Saturday and is open to all, and includes a special single-fin category.

The memorial event has been going for roughly 20 years and is dedicated to local board shaper Ian Smith, Brighton Boardriders president Bryce Murray said.

‘He worked in the local surfboard industry for a long time. We hope a lot of the older guys will come out of the woodwork to have a surf for him,’ he said.

The Memorial Comp is a shortboard event particularly for men’s and women’s opens, but also includes events for juniors and as well as a single-fin category.

‘The New Brighton Boardriders are in their 31st year and meet on the third Sunday of each month, but this weekend is a special event,’ Bryce said.

The day starts at 7am at New Brighton Beach and will include a presentation ­ceremony.

‘We hope the surf and the weather will do the right thing,’ he said.

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