Shenanigans From The Single Fin Mingle Party

With the first day of competition coming to a close, the shenanigans at the 2018 Single Fin Mingle were far from over. After a beautiful Saturday of cross stepping, toes-on-the-nose and some very impressive out of the water attire, it was time to celebrate day one of NZ's radest logging festival.

The Mingle’s social event was touted as a marriage of salty banter, beverages and to cap it off, performances from Sumner locals, The Butlers and Auckland imports, The Shambles. It was an infallible recipe for fun. The show ran alongside a number of the Mingle's side events including a movie night on Friday and an art exhibition on Saturday evening. The Mingle isn't just a surf comp, it's a festival that celebrates all aspects of culture intertwined with all things surf. 

So as the sun drifted low towards the Christchurch horizon, the masses departed Scarborough Beach for The Sumner Community Center. What ensued was a blur of music, dance and of course, mingling. Smiles galore. 

Worthy of mention was The Butlers sax player. Sporting a green tracksuit, the man donned a home made mask, expertly crafted from a Double Brown beer box. He was on a tear and didn't once remove his beer box mask. Who was that mystery man? 

A huge thanks to Corona and Three Wise Birds cider for keeping our mouths wet, the Sumner Community Center for providing the venue, The Butlers and The Shambles for keeping treating our ears and of course, Ambrose Mcneill, Bradley King and all of the team behind The Single Fin Mingle for pulling it all together.

Come relive the night through the eyes of Hello Zukeen lensman Cam Hay. 

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Sam Fraser-Baxter