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Aussie Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day ready to rock


The 10th annual edition of the "Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day" is set to rock the shores of coastal Australia over the weekend of December 16-17, 2000. To date, 29 Surf Schools at 35 beach locations nationwide have been inundated with more than 1,700 bookings from enthusiastic girls keen to take to the waves.

A fun and inspiring national project to encourage girls into the water, the program is multi-faceted and designed to support girls of all ages and surfing ability.

Rip Curl in conjunction with Surfing Australia and their national surfschool network have developed all aspects of the program to service the growing number of girls interested in surfing. In 1998, research undertaken to quantify the total amount of Australian men and women who actively surf, revealed 720,000 males regularly surf compared with 180,000 females (AMP: Quantum Harris - Surfer Profiles 99). In the same study, an additional 450,000 women stated that they were ´interested´ to pursue surfing but had never tried.

For beginners with no previous experience, surfing can often be an intimidating and difficult sport to adopt. Strong currents, rips, close-outs, other surfers, and general ocean knowledge, are just some of the things a person must contend with when starting out ; showing why so many girls are often hesitant to hit the waves.

Each of the accredited Surf Schools involved in this year´s program will run sessions tailor made for girls of all ages and ability. Under the careful guidance of qualified professional surf instructors, all female participants will have the perfect opportunity to overcome their fears and inhibitions. Each clinic will focus on ´fun and participation´, with strong emphasis on skill development, ocean awareness, and wave riding techniques. Surfboard equipment and wetsuits will be provided to all starters at each clinic.

Professional surfer and Rip Curl Team member Julie Morris from Byron Bay, NSW, is the official "Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day" media spokesperson. Julie´s professional experience and hardcore surfing knowledge has added enormous value and a strong grassroots connection.

Julie commented : "I´m stoked to be involved with the 2000 Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day. Women´s surfing has come along way in the last 10 years and it´s programs like this that are awesome for our sport. It´s a great vehicle for girls to get into surfing and experience the joy and excitement that the sport can offer".

Surfing Australia´s National coaching director Eddie Valladeres added : "Women are taking to the waves in droves and surfing is better for it. Girls are no longer content sitting on the beach looking good, they´re out in the surf going for it. Go the girls`.".

The "Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day" is a product of Rip Curl´s Core-Grassroots Program, dedicated to the ongoing support and development of grassroots surfing nationwide.

Rip Curl´s Adam Sharp added : "Rip Curl is again proud to be involved with the 2000 Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day. This year we´re expecting in excess of 2,000 girls to turn out at a time when support for women´s surfing is at an all time high. We are super excited and stoked to have the support of Surfing Australia and their national surfschool network".

The 2000 "Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day" is proudly co-sponsored nationally by LIFE SAVERS and DOLLY Magazine, and supported by WIN TV and SURFING AUSTRALIA.


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