The Single Fin Mingle is an annual multi-faceted festival that celebrates traditional longboarding and the joyous culture that surrounds it. We feel lucky to be a part of it!
The mission of the mingle was to develop a world class surfing event which brings together the very best surfers into the beautiful community and waves of the South Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand. To make this happen, the crew have always has a simple formula - bring great people together and have a great time. That we can say, is what they do year on year.
Through the prestigious competition, Film Festival, Art Shows and Musical Soirees, The Mingle is a way of building human connection through having a marvellous time. The 9th annual Single Fin Mingle Festival took place over the weekend - cascading out onto the beaches and throughout the Sumner village between the galleries, restaurants, functions and street parties!
We heard the judges were overwhelmed with talent this year as a selection of local & international surfers took to the water in some of the finest conditions the Mingle has seen in recent years. Come finals day it came down to two intentional surfers, Natsumi Taoka from Japan taking out the Women’s division with style & grace and Brazil’s Augusto Olinto with his slick footwork and switch stance capabilities taking out the Men’s. The evening's festivities that followed each day were packed to the brim, with sell out Street Parties, Film Festival, Group Art show and the illusive After Party.
"It is a celebration of life, friendships and community. We all need this in our lives and the Mingle is a place where those qualities of togetherness shine, a feeling we want everyone to experience."