Hanging ten on the weekends
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.