Surfing all-year round
FROM smashing the lip to sliding the tail, and standing up of course, the girls from Lakeside Christian College hit the surf at Kirra Beach every week to learn to surf, even in winter.
The ten girls, unphased by the oncoming chill of winter, chose surfing over other 'rec sports' because they were keen to do something different, but with all of them having never surfed before, instructor Jay Gates knew he had his work cut out.
Mr Gates said, although the girls eventually spend some time in the surf during every lesson, they do a lot of work on the beach because technique is what surfing is all about.
"We're just getting them to stand up with the right technique and over the next few weeks you perfect that and get them into manoeuvres like a couple of little turns and walking up the board," he said.
With the weather reasonably warm all year round on the Tweed and Gold Coast, Mr Gates isn't surprised the girls chose surfing because they probably spend their weekends at the beach anyway.
"I think they enjoy it any time of year really, and I just asked the girls why they're here and the main reason is either they have a love of the beach so they're pretty much at the beach all year round," he said.