Nip­pers get new boards

Stirling Times - - Front Page -

DO­NATED knee­boards are en­abling ju­niors to nip about in the wa­ter dur­ing their foun­da­tion life­sav­ing train­ing at surf clubs this sum­mer.

There are more than 7000 nip­pers in train­ing pro­grams at surf clubs each Sun­day across WA.

Each club was given 12 of the boards by Surf Life Sav­ing WA sponsor AGL this month after an­other do­na­tion last year.

“All 31 clubs in WA now have 18 each of th­ese nip­per boards, mean­ing our young life­savers of the fu­ture have ac­cess to equip­ment es­sen­tial to help­ing them de­velop both their skills and con­fi­dence in the wa­ter,” Surf Life Sav­ing WA pres­i­dent Craig Smith-Gan­der said.

“I want to be a life­guard to help save peo­ple from the ocean,” City Beach SLSC nip­per Madi­son Turn­bull (11) said.

Last year’s boards were dec­o­rated by North Cottesloe SLSC mem­ber and artist Ja­cob But­ler, known as ‘Shakey Jakey’.

Mr But­ler cre­ated a unique de­sign for the lat­est tranche of the surf equip­ment.

How­ever, the boards’ dec­o­ra­tions were the last thing on the minds of nip­per Madi­son, her club mate Cooper Webb (8) and Scar­boro SLCS’s Trent Yates (8) when they were tested in the waves at City Beach last week.

“You can go faster on them and you don’t have to use your legs,” Trent said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d489121

Cooper Webb, Madi­son Turn­bull and Trent Yates with one of the do­nated nip­per boards.

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