This is a picture of my good mate, PNG Surfing Association president Andrew Abel, riding a perfect wave off north coast Madang at Tupira where the SAPNG national Surfing Titles were held in 2011.
He tells me he has been invited to contribute to a ground breaking world first book on sustainable surfing alongside side some big names and legends in the surfing world.
"I have humbly accepted the invitation on behalf of SAPNG and my members and PNG, as it marks another significant milestone for SAPNG as we mark 26 years since foundation and in making our mark on the world surfing stage as an emerging surfing/ surf tourism nation, as a member of the International Surfing Association world governing body in California, USA," Abel says.
"This invitation complements the international award winning PNG surfing documentary Splinters that is making waves around the world and also the invitation to present a paper at the inaugural Global Surfing Network Conference on the Gold Coast in late February, 2013.
"From humble beginnings, we have come a long way and it feels good to be Papua New Guinean playing our part in contributing in a positive way working alongside some of the legends of the surfing world."