Government backed water safety program continues
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 September, 2013 : - - Torquay, Victoria: The Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls Presented by Ghanda is back in 2013 visiting 9 beaches across the state from Portland to Mallacoota with the help of World Tour Surfer, Bec Woods.
Heading into its 14th year, the female engagement program is backed by the Victorian government water safety initiative, Play it Safe by the Water, and teaches girls valuable water safety leading into summer.
The program uses positive female role models and professional surf coaches to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation of female surfers.
LSV Manager - Education Services Kate Simpson said that the Surfing for Girls program is a great opportunity for girls to learn water safety in a practical setting, so they can be ready to head out surfing this summer.
“The program is a fun learning environment for new young surfers and a great way to educate participants on lifesaving techniques and key water safety messages,” said Ms Simpson.
“While they develop their surf skills, they are also taught how to identify potential dangers in the surf as well as skills to aide in a rescue.”
Returning to lead the popular program is ASP Women's World Tour surfer, Bec Woods (Copacabana, NSW). Woods is in her 9th year on tour and will be returning to pass on her knowledge of surfing and water safety to Victorian females.
"Coming back for a third year is great. The program has been going from strength to strength thanks to Surfing Victoria and Play it Safe by the Water."
"It is great to give women exposure to the ocean and surfing in a safe environment and introduce them to something that has shaped my life from a young age " said Woods. "Hopefully they enjoy it as much as I do!"
Joining the tour again will be stars of the film "First Love" Jess Laing (Phillip Island) and India Payne (Phillip Island). Both Laing and Payne have had immensely successful junior surfing careers, with both girls winning Australian School Pairs Titles respectively.
Surfing Victoria Max Wells, is looking forward to continuing the long standing program for another year. "This program has been one of the longest running programs we have ever run, and every year its amazing to see new girls come along and experience going surfing with some incredible role models."
"Ghanda and Play it Safe by the water have been great supporters of this program and its awesome to see them back along with our role models Bec, Jess and India." Ghanda Founder, Josh Rudd, is excited to be back on board with the program.
"Ghanda is the leading supporter in Victoria for young sportswomen & we make no exception for surfing. The surfing for Girls tour promotes a active lifestyle and a great sport. Ghanda would love to see more girls in the water taking up such a great sport."
"We urge everyone to participate in this great event and get a free Ghanda t-shirt for doing so." All participants will receive a show bag at the end of the day packed with gear from Ghanda and other sponsors. The Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls is Presented by Ghanda and Supported by Cancer Council Sunscreen & Team Up.
Nov 24 Ocean Grove
Nov 26 Portland
Nov 27 Warnambool
Nov 28 Point Leo
Nov 29 Phillip Island
Nov 30 Inverloch
Dec 3 Mallacoota
Dec 4 Cape Conran
Dec 6 Sandy Point
Source: Surfing Victoria
Author: Liam Robertson
Tags: Bec Woods, Water Surfign for Girls, Ghanda