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Indigenous surf program kicks off in Queensland

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Surfing Queensland’s Krurungal or “Fish Kids” Surfing Program activated

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 September, 2013 : - - Gold Coast, Queensland - Surfing Queensland’s Krurungal Surfing Program made a huge splash today as over 50 Indigenous participants hit the water on the Gold Coast to learn to surf.

The Krurungal “Jallum Jarjums” or “Fish Kids” had a huge day of September school holiday surfing fun in the sun as they experienced surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons. They were engaging in a surfing program that is designed to encourage Indigenous Queenslanders to experience and potentially embrace the sport of surfing.

Sport and active recreation plays an important role in Indigenous communities. It provides many health and social benefits and also helps combat the growing issue of obesity which affects all Australian communities. With this in mind Krurungal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation accessed a Queensland Government grant of $40,000 provided through the Active Inclusion Program to deliver an Indigenous Surfing Program to get more Queenslanders active through sport and recreation.

The initiative was supported further by a $5,000 grant from the recent Westpac Community Grants program. This opportunity for Indigenous youth was then activated by Surfing Queensland.

After a morning surfing, excitement was at fever pitch when it was time to get wet again and go stand up paddleboarding. This event had a real family friendly atmosphere and there was no shortage of parent and community volunteers stepping up to give some of the younger Fish Kids a great time supporting them on this surfing equipment.

At the end of the day, in a chat with a few of the older kids participating, they said that despite never surfing before they identify with the sport because they live on the Gold Coast. “There’s surfing everywhere here and now I feel more a part of it all because I’ve tried surfing.” Another child added, “Hey imagine doing that on real big waves like those pro guys,” and that is perhaps where dreams begin, with opportunities like this program.

Whether or not the participants choose to continue in the sports they tried today. They will take away some skills in beach safety, will have developed greater ocean awareness, experienced one of the fastest growing participation sports in the world and have the memories of an incredible experience.

For more information regarding the ongoing Krurungal “Jullum Jarjums” surfing program, contact Surfing Queensland. If you would like more information on learning to surf, Surfing Queensland has a full list of their accredited surf schools at their website

Source: Surfing Queensland

Author: Ben Whitmore

Tags: Indigenous, Gold Coast, Learn-to-surf

Camps: Surfersvillage


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