GIRLS TAKE TO THE WAVES IN MASS AS THE RIP CURL GIRLS GO SURFING DAY EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY
More than 1600 girls of all ages and ability took to the waves in mass today around the Australian coastline, as thirty two surfschools ran ´learn to surf´ classes simultaneously as part of the annual Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day.
Despite unseasonal December rain and onshore south east winds along most of the East Coast, most girls still turned out in large numbers, excited and keen to hone their surf and ocean skills.
A fun and inspiring national project to encourage girls to learn to surf, the Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day has redefined entry numbers for women´s surfing to now become the biggest event based surf program in the world. This year is the 11th edition of the program.
With the primary focus on fun, participation, and encouraging girls to take to the waves, participants around the country were tutored by qualified instructors in different areas of ocean awareness, equipment, wave riding techniques, and skill development. All wetsuits and surfboards were provided.
Classes will continue around Australia tomorrow and on following weekends in key areas based on demand. All up more than 3000 girls are expected to take part in the program.
"The response from all the girls has been fantastic and this is now the biggest surf event in South Australia", said Christine Cox from Surf Culture Surfschool, Moana, South Australia. "We´ve had small easy waves, sunny skies, the girls have all had a lot of fun, so it´s been a great success", she added.
Up in Queensland, Ian Portingale from the Sunshine Coast Surfschool commented, "We´ve had sensational numbers and fun small waves at Alexandria Headland conducive for girls to learn. Today was a great day".
At Newcastle on the NSW mid north coast, Warren Keogh from Anna Bay Surfschool summed up proceedings, "The response has been overwhelming and all the girls are absolutely stoked. It´s been great for all the girls to get out there in the ocean and really have a go..typically many have felt intimidated in the past, but this is opening up new boundaries for all the girls".
Rip Curl´s Adam Sharp added, "The weird weather in many parts of Australia today has definitely not put a damper on the girl´s enthusiasm. The numbers have exceeded our expectations with most surfschools around the country stretched to capacity. It´s been a great day for girls surfing Ethe girls of Australia have shown they rock".
Classes will continue around the country from early tomorrow morning.
RIP CURL GIRLS GO SURFING DAY CAPS THE BIGGEST INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND FOR WOMEN´S SURFING EVER SEEN IN AUSTRALIA
Day two of the national RIP CURL GIRLS GO SURFING DAY continued in earnest around the Australian coastline today, capping the biggest introductory weekend for women´s surfing ever seen in this country.
Adding to yesterday´s record turnout of approximately 1600, today another estimated 1200 girls were tutored by 90 qualified instructors, from 32 different surf schools across six different states.
Favourable weather and small waves in most states made conditions ideal for learning, and with enthusiasm levels raging, girls of various ages and from various surfing and non-sporting backgrounds were given the perfect introduction to surfing. The primary focus remained on fun and participation.
Like yesterday, girls in today´s classes were tutored by accredited coaches in multi-faceted areas covering ocean safety, skill development, and wave riding techniques. Professional advice and tuition enabled a lot of inexperienced girls to overcome previous fears and inhibitions, with all walking away with the ´adrenalin´ and ´stoke´ that a fun surfing session provides.
Media spokesperson and Rip Curl Girl professional surfer, Julie Morris summed up her involvement, "I was helping teach at Byron Bay and it was really satisfying to see so many girls walk away stoked on the unique feeling that surfing provides, many for the first time. I feel really proud to have been involved with the program again this yearE.it´s been a phenomenal success".
"The 2001 program has definitely exceeded our expectations and the growth curve for women´s surfing in this country looks extremely healthy. At Surfing Australia we´re very proud to be a driving force behind this", added Tony Pope, national coaching manager from Surfing Australia.
Based on mass interest state by state around the nation, all participating surfschools will now also have the chance to run more classes over the next few weekends through the busy Christmas - New Year period.
Participating surfschools in the 2001 program included :-
New South Wales
Surfing Byron Bay (Byron Bay) 0500 853929
Cronulla Surf Design (Cronulla) 02 95440433
Central Coast Surfschool (Avoca) 02 43821020
Anna Bay Surfschool (Newcastle) 0411 419576
Summerland Surfschool (Evans Head) 02 66824393
Manly Surfschool (Manly) 02 99776977
Pines Surfrider Surfschool (Lake Illawarra) 02 42291202
Dawn Light Surfschool (Pt Macquarie) 02 65841477
Lets Go Surfing (Bondi) 02 93651800
Style Surfschool (Byron Bay) 02 66855634
Pacific Palms Surfschool (Pacific Palms) 02 65540929
Ocean Rhythm Surfschool (Fingal) 07 55241488
Tezza´s Surfschool (Tumbi Umbi) 0408 853788
Sydney Surf Experience (Slyvania) 02 95222278
Sapphire Surfschool (Merimbula) 02 64954994
Terry McDermott Surf Coaching (Budgewoi) 02 43993388
Surfing QLD Surfing Academy (Burleigh) 0419 029058
Sunshine Coast Surfschool (Buderim) 0414 757088
Pt Lookout Surfschool (Pt Lookout) 07 34098342
Agnes Water Surfschool (Agnes Water) 07 49749072
Rainbow Beach Surfschool (Rainbow Bch) 07 55201150
Surfing WA Surfschool (Nth Beach) 08 94480004
Yallingup Surf School (Yallingup) 0429 881221
Big Wave Surfschool (Shelley) 0417 950867
Go Ride a Wave (Angelsea) 03 52632111
Offshore Surfschool (Inverloch) 0407 374743
Easy Riders Surfschool (Warnambool) 0418 328747
Island Surfboards Surfschool (Phillip Island) 03 59523433
Surf Shack Surfschool (Lakes Entrance) 03 51554933
Mornington Peninsula Surfschool (St Andrews Bch)03 59886143
42 South Surfschool (Scamander) 03 63725744
Surf Culture (Port Noarlunga) 0500 555989
With strong support from Surfing Australia, LIFE SAVERS, DOLLY Magazine, and WIN Television the Program has reinforced the overwhelming strength and interest across the country for women actively surfing and wanting to pursue the surf lifestyle.
A fun and inspiring national project to encourage girls to learn to surf, the Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day has redefined entry numbers for women´s surfing to now become the biggest event based surf program in the world. This year was the 11th edition of the program.
The 2001 "Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day" is proudly sponsored nationally by LIFE SAVERS and DOLLY Magazine, and supported by WIN TV and SURFING AUSTRALIA.
For information on all participating Surf Schools and further entry details, contact Surfing Australia on (0755) 201150, or check the Surfing Australia webpage www.surfingaustralia.com ..
For further media information, please contact :-
Adam Sharp from Rip Curl,
+61 408 027198,
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