I'm the owner of the Nekweta Surf Camp, your guide and boat skipper.I'm a 4th generation Caledonian and born from a large Bourail family. i'm a licensed skipper, an experienced surfer and fisherman, and fully dedicated to the preservation of Bourail's ecosytems.
I will guide you and share my experience of the surrounding environment, which i know like the back of my hand, during your excursions on the boat. Surfing, fishing, and ecotours on the boat - consisting of snorkelling, observation of dolphins, eagle spotted rays, turtles and more - are part of the program.
He is a self-taught and passionate preservationist, who admits that a few years back, like most locals, he was not aware that the Nera river was at risk, nore that spear-fishermen were a serious threat to the fish live stock in the passes because they systematically eliminate the reproducers. He found out only 40 big-head turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach every year, when there were 400 just 20 years ago, and then in January 2006 he found new born turtles massacred on the road !! This was the turning point, the local surfer, fisherman and diver he is decided to get involved. The creation of the Bwara Marine Turtles association came swiftly.
Manu built his surf camp with timber and stone. He cruises slowly on the Nera river to minimize the impact on the mangroves, fishes reasonably to allow his guests to sample fresh fish, recycles his waste, and makes his own compost. He spends many summer nights on the beach with his friends and members of the Bwara Marine Turtles association, to protect the turtles, and to educate locals and tourists. He has set up educative signs to create awareness, and has revegetated the beachfront. He never stops, he fights against the town to build a water treatment plant.
The greenie is now an activist, and his message is : the Bourail coastline must become an example of sustainable development. New-Caledonia hosts an exceptional natural heritage we must protect at all cost, everyone must participate, it is the key to our common destiny. There is only one path that will unite us all, a project based on respecting this land, its natural heritage, and the populations who live on it.
2000 Creation of the first surf club in Bourail : Gouaro Surf Club. Chairman for 2 years.
2003 Runner-up in the New-Caledonian surf championship
2006 Creation of the first New-Caledonian surf camp
2006 Runner-up in the New-Caledonian surf championship
2006 Creation of the Bwara Marine Turtles association
2008 Winner of the New-Caledonian Surfing Cup