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Auckland students lining up for Learn to Surf Program

Stoked grom from last year's event in Piha © Surfing New Zealand



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Award winning Learn to Surf Programme set to run

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 November, 2013 - Auckland students will be hitting the water from next week through into December with a three week long learn to surf programme which will be staged at Piha and Muriwai Beaches on the West Coast of Auckland.

The ASB Community Trust Have A Go Surfing Days programme will give students the ultimate chance to learn surf safety and hit the waves as the country winds into another summer of fun at the beach.

Surfing New Zealand has once again partnered up with ASB Community Trust to deliver the three week long programme which will take place from the 25th Nov through to the 13th of December.

The programme, which recently won the Awareness Award at the Sealord Water Safety NZ Awards in Queenstown last month, is aimed at Year 8 and below school children who are keen to give surfing a go.

Over 15 schools from West and South Auckland have already signed up to be part of the action.  Many of the schools have noted that most of their students would not have had the chance to experience surfing without this programme but they are super keen to give it a shot.

Approximately 750 students will take part in the programme which is experiencing high demand with limited spaces available.

“We are excited to partner up with ASB Community Trust and bring this learn to surf programme to Auckland for the second year running” says Surfing New Zealand Development Manager Lee Ryan.

“This project is going from strength to strength and our team of instructors can’t wait to take the children surfing and teach them valuable surf safety tips. We are sure they will have the time of their lives” added Ryan of the daily activities.

The surf lessons include a fun-filled practical lesson in the water as well as some theory on land prior to getting wet.  Students learn about the ocean and ways to stay safe in the water as well as the best techniques to get up and riding and enjoy the thrill of catching waves.

“We have a big focus on beach safety and teaching the kids about rips and currents and how to keep out of danger.  These skills remain with kids for a life time.  Even if they do not continue to surf they can use these skills whenever they go to the beach” said Ryan.

The programme follows on from the successful implementation of the Kiwi Sport Have A Go Surfing Days that have been held in Northland, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.  Over 1100 eager youngsters from forty schools have had a taste of surfing in these five regions, some of whom are now hooked on the sport.

The learn to surf programme is the first step of the development pathway for surfers who can then move on to surfing at events.  Events include the Primary School Championships, the New Zealand Grommet Series which offers three divisions for boys and girls – Under 14, Under 17 and Under 20 and the Regional and National Scholastic Championships held each year.


Ben Kennings

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