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Introduction ; -
Several universities offer "Surfing Studies" and degrees. Typically a Diploma in Sport Management (Surfing Studies), or degree in Surf Science and Technology, is aimed at those who work in, or wish to work in, the management of the sport, or the industry.

Australia: -

Surfing Studies Diploma Awarded : -
Southern Cross University in Australia offer surfing studies at its Tweed Gold Coast campus. The Diploma in Sport Management or Surfing Studies is aimed at those who work in, or wish to work in, the surfing sport or industry.

It is endorsed by the peak sporting body, Surfing Australia, and supported by major industry players. 40 places were available for the 2003/04 curriculum year. The industry consulting group for the program includes principals from Billabong, BASE Surfboards, Quiksilver, Brothers Neilsen, Ripcurl, SurfCult.

The program is linked in some of its elective practical components to the Surfing Australia High Performance Training Camp at Casuarina Beach, south of the Gold Coast. WQS and Pro Junior circuit surfers will be specifically catered for in the Course with respect to their competition needs.

SCU offers year full-time, or two year part-time, courses covering subjects such as marketing, events management, sport media, business and sport management. Applicants do not have to know how to surf, but the university says it would help. Two million Australians surf.

Surfing itself is not on the curriculum. "This is not a degree in surfboard riding, but rather a vocationally-focussed professional development programme," says SCU vice-chancellor John Rickard. As a fully fledged course at a reputable university, the diploma will cost aspirants A$9600 (US$6816). For more information contact Surfing Australia

More information at Southern Cross University

United Kingdom: -

Surf Science and Technology Degree : -
The University of Plymouth offers a four-year degree -- Surf Science and Technology. This was a pioneer program and is now viewed as an innovation that may soon become a model for other unconventional degrees.

This course provides an opportunity for those with an interest in surfing to pursue rigorous academic study of the scientific, technical and business aspects of the international surfing industries. Each year of the course is complemented with opportunities for practical surfing.

Oceanography, business management, anatomy, environmental studies, meteorology and " materials technology and design construction, " a lab course devoted mostly to building surfboards are some of the courses covered

Graduates from the Surf Science and Technology course are well prepared for management careers in the surfing industry. The degree also provides a route into other careers for which any science degree may be appropriate.

Since finishing their course, some graduates have found work within the multi-million pound surfing industry. Surf science graduate Jim Edmundson for example, is a now a marketing executive with Gul International, a world leader in wetsuit manufacturing.

For more information contact University of Plymouth

Western Australia: -

Surf Science and Technology Degree : -
Edith Cowan University, This three-year full-time or equivalent part-time Bachelor of Science degree (Surf Science and Technology) offered by the South West Campus (Bunbury) provides an opportunity for well-qualified individuals with an interest in surfing to pursue the scientific and technological aspects of the surfing industry.

Students acquire the skills necessary for management in this diverse, expanding and exciting industry. Areas covered include ocean sciences, materials technology, event management, human biology, business studies as well as contemporary issues in surfing.

Market research shows that graduates will have access to a wide range of careers in the surf industry. These include design and manufacture of equipment and clothing, management of surf-related enterprises, marketing, media work and international trade and logistics.

This science degree also prepares students for careers for which a Bachelor of Science degree is an asset or required.

The array of skills that are developed during the course will also allow students to enter the ‘general graduate pool’ and find employment in other fields such as environmental management, coastal zone management, teaching, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.

For more information contact Edith Cowan University

France: -

Master Sports de Glisse : -
Formation : MASTER Sports de glisse, 1 an, délivré par l’Université Victor Ségalen Bordeaux 2, en partenariat avec l’ESTIA.

Parrainée par Joël de Rosnay, Docteur es sciences, Directeur de la Prospective de la Cité des Sciences et de l´Industrie de la Villette et surfeur émérite, cette formation innovante, unique en Europe, vise à former des professionnels capable de concevoir, de conduire, de gérer et de valoriser des projets et/ou des produits dans le domaine des sports de glisse.

Ce terme désigne l´ensemble des pratiques utilisant comme support l´air, l´eau, la neige, la terre...

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Canada: -

North Island College : -
North Island College on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada is working with Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia to provide North America's first surfing studies diploma to teach the business behind surfing. The diploma will help qualify students to teach lessons, manage surf shops, & take positions in surfing-oriented companies in Canada & abroad. The two-year diploma of sports management in surfing studies will be centered in Port Alberni and Tofino.

The curriculum is academically challenging, not an excuse to hang out at the beach. Classes cover everything from surfboard design to event planning, along with traditional business courses. Surfing experience is not necessary. Students receive in-water training, as well as internships with surfing research, retail, and manufacturing companies throughout Canada. The inaugural 20-student class will be donning wetsuits and surfing as of September 2009.

More information available here

United Sates of America: -

Surf Science and Technology Degree : -
Currently, an un-named U.S.A. university hopes to foster links with Plymouth University, which launched a similar course in board science in 1999. It will help graduates find work on the business side of the surfing industry, or in environmental management. It is a rigorous degree... not a play course, and partcularly well suited to people who perhaps only work well when they have something that interests them, and who may tackle a university degree when they otherwise might not do so.

Further details on this facility will be posted when available.

Surfing Studies
The above universities offer "Surfing Studies" and degrees. Typically a Diploma in Sport Management (Surfing Studies), or degree in Surf Science and Technology, is aimed at those who work in, or wish to work in, the management of the sport, or industry. So, rather than trying to win it big at an online casino
or the next big surf event, why not get an education at one of these great universities.

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