New generation of surfers catch waves

Federal Minister for Sport Mark Arbib, Tom Carroll, Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark and Mark Richards with Vegemite SurfGrom participants.
Federal Minister for Sport Mark Arbib, Tom Carroll, Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark and Mark Richards with Vegemite SurfGrom participants.

26 Sep 2011


Surfing Australia has launched the world’s first national program to encourage more kids to surf.

The SurfGroms program offers children aged five to 12 years a chance to learn surfing from accredited coaches at every Surfing Australia licenced surf school.

A partnership between Surfing Australia and the Australian Government, SurfGroms provides 12 hours’ coaching in a program carefully designed for different ages and abilities.

Launching SurfGroms at North Bondi in September, Minister for Sport, Mark Arbib, said it was a great way to keep kids active and develop ocean awareness and beach safety skills.

‘Surfing Australia has more than 22 000 members and the SurfGroms program will help attract more youngsters into the sport,’ he said.

‘We may even uncover the next Stephanie Gilmour or Mick Fanning.’

Senator Arbib said the SurfGroms program was a credit to the innovation and professionalism of Surfing Australia.

Chief Executive Officer of Surfing Australia, Andrew Stark, said SurfGroms was important to the sport’s development pathway.

‘SurfGroms provides an innovative and cutting edge junior development program for kids all over Australia,’ he said.

The Australian Government is investing more than $1.5 million in Australian surfing in 2011–12, including $500 000 per year in participation funding to support the SurfGroms program.

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