School surf­ing to­wards the fu­ture with new acad­emy for 2018

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SURF­ING at school - yep it’s a thing dudes. Dis­cov­ery Chris­tian Col­lege, at Agnes Wa­ter, will be­gin the Dis­cov­ery Surf­ing Acad­emy next year, one of only a hand­ful in the coun­try. Teacher James Os­borne, a keen surfer him­self, is the man be­hind it. “We have some re­ally tal­ented surfers and we want to pro­mote and cel­e­brate them,” he said. “We want to show them the path­ways in surf­ing – not just com­pe­ti­tion, but the wider in­dus­try.” Mr Os­borne said it was a good way to keep kids mo­ti­vated in school. “The Dis­cov­ery Chris­tian Col­lege com­mu­nity is blessed with many tal­ented and pas­sion­ate surfers,” he said. “Our surf­ing stu­dents have achieved some no­table suc­cess al­ready within the school surf­ing con­text and be­yond.” The Acad­emy will be well placed as one of only sev­eral schools na­tion­wide pro­vid­ing in­te­grated surf coach­ing and tu­ition. The pro­gram aims to pro­vide stu­dents surf train­ing and coach­ing for both long and short board dis­ci­plines, sup­port to en­ter and com­pete in School Surf­ing con­tests and re­gional con­tests, and en­rich­ment pro­grams for ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in surf coach­ing, surf life­sav­ing, shap­ing as well as health and well­be­ing. En­try into the pro­gram will be based on surf­ing abil­ity and in­di­vid­ual mer­its of stu­dents. Mr Os­borne said the cap would be 21 for the first year, with the po­ten­tial for growth. In­ter­ested stu­dents can phone the school on 4974 7336.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SURF'S UP: Cruz Ryan show­ing his stuff at Agnes Wa­ter where the Dis­cov­ery Surf­ing Acad­emy will be based from next year.

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