Hang­ing ten on the week­ends

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

SPRING is spread­ing blue skies and sun­shine across Queens­land and with the per­fect weather comes the ideal time to en­joy the state’s golden beaches.

Once on the coast, many swim­ming de­lights beckon in­clud­ing surf­ing.

Sail­boards & Surf­boards and Wa­ter­sports & Gear sec­tions of­fer surf­boards of all shapes and sizes along with surf­board cov­ers and wet suits.

Caloun­dra res­i­dent Apryl Cord­ing­ley, 29, has been a keen surfer all her life and said watch­ing her dad and un­cles surf as a child fu­elled a love for the ocean.

“All you need to surf is your­self, your board and the ocean and no wave you ride is the same,’’ Ms Cord­ing­ley said.

“I also love the ca­ma­raderie be­tween surfers – re­gard­less of their back­ground or lan­guage, they share a bond through their love for the ocean and the waves.’’

Af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Nip­pers pro­gram at Kings Beach as a child, Ms Cord­ing­ley is now a pa­trolling mem­ber of the Metropoli­tan Caloun­dra Surf Life Sav­ing Club (SLSC).

She is also the club’s spon­sor­ship and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor.

“Surf­ing is a sport peo­ple can en­joy all their lives and start at any age and it’s also pretty cheap,’’ she said.

“All you need is a board, some wax and some zinc cream which is good for pro­tect­ing lips and noses, as well as a wet shirt for sun pro­tec­tion or a wet suit for cold pro­tec­tion.”

Ms Cord­ing­ley said it was also im­por­tant for surfers to stay safe and to know their sur­round­ings by check­ing first for reefs, rocks and rips.

“For those un­sure about lo­cal con­di­tions or board rider ar­eas, ask pa­trolling surf life savers, contact a nearby club, check web­sites or even smart phone apps,” she said.

“Also re­mem­ber to be sun smart, keep hy­drated and use board rider eti­quette.

“This in­cludes not drop­ping in on some­one else’s wave and stay­ing within board rid­ing ar­eas, which are on the out­side of the black and white quar­tered beach flags.”

Ms Cord­ing­ley is Metropoli­tan Caloun­dra SLSC’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 2012/13 Jupiters Casino Sum­mer Surf Girl Pro­gram.

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