NZ’s biggest beach festival relocates to the Mount

The Waterbourne event is expected to be held from March 4 – March 6. Supplied photos.

A three day water sports festival is coming to Mount Maunganui next year.

Waterbourne Charitable Trust is bringing their premier beach festival to Mount Main Beach and Soper Reserve.

Alongside sporting and music, there will also be sandcastle competitions and most importantly beach clean ups run by volunteers, says a statement from the event organisers.

“Ensuring the beach is preserved for generations to come is a core pillar at the heart of the Trust.

“None of this could be possible without the fantastic support from EVES, Tip Top, Moa Breweries, Squid Group, TECT, Tauranga Council and Tourism Bay of Plenty.”

EVES is partnering with Waterbourne and also adding to the unique experience, with the EVES New Zealand Paddle Boarding National Championships.

EVES Real Estate has a long history of community support, firmly believing in giving back to and supporting the local community.

Event organiser Laurence Carey says “to have EVES onboard with the same vision as the Waterbourne Charitable Trust is great! They understand the importance of being sustainable whilst providing everlasting experiences for the community”.

The event not only helps the premier athletes competing, but provides a gateway for school students to get active.

“We will have equipment available for youth to compete, meaning all students need to do is turn up and register.”

EVES CEO Heath Young, says partnering with the Waterbourne Charitable Trust means that they are able to provide the community with more opportunities to enjoy the beach.

“With free equipment available for youth to compete and great events throughout the festival, this family friendly event is something the whole EVES extended family is looking forward to.”

The EVES Paddle Boarding Nationals is expected to attract more than 150 athletes from around New Zealand, alongside athletes from Australia, USA and French Polynesia.

The Waterbourne event is expected to be held from March 4 – March 6.

“With more than 150 competitors from outside the Bay of Plenty expected, alongside 10,000 attendees for the confirmed international musicians, this is going to be a huge benefit to the local economy,” says Carey.

“It is great to finally have international acts back in New Zealand, where our Sub Focus (UK) show will be something very special.”

Nelita Byrne, Manager: Venues and Events, Tauranga City Council they are thrilled to be hosting Waterborne Beach Festival in Tauranga this March. 

“With the festival incorporating an array of sporting events, beach activations and live concerts, there will truly be something for everyone. 

“It’s events like these that add to the vibrancy and economic growth of the city while showcasing all the beautiful Tauranga Moana has to offer.”

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