Groms hit the surf to begin season
THE Tweed’s future Mick Fanning’s and Stephanie Gilmore’s will hit the beach tomorrow to learn the ins and outs of surfing as the new Grom season takes off.
The D’bah Groms, part of D’bah’s famed boardriders, will be teaching the foundations and techniques of surfing to 60 kids at the opener of their six month season.
The kids will break into under 6s and under 12s sections, for dedicated and hands on coaching from experienced surfing coaches and mentors.
Director of D’bah Groms, Heidi Argent, takes the under 6’s and said it’s a great way for kids to be introduced safely into surfing.
“They do a basic overview of what surfing involves and we teach them ocean safety and the awareness of the dangers of surfing,” Argent said.
“We do an hour with the board on the sand and they practice paddling and standing up techniques.”
Argent said the under 6’s program is guardian assisted, and if guardians don’t surf, they’ll be able to learn how to supervise and teach kids correctly.
The under 12s Groms are more advanced and their season involves learning how to surf competitively, during dedicated competitive surf sessions from Gold Coast Surfing Centre’s Dave Davidson.
Argent said the parents get right into it, and enjoy seeing their kids learning to surf in a competitive environment.
Along with existing sponsors, a range of new sponsors came on board for the upcoming season, including Elanora’s Koryzma Constructions, who’s owners helped to make the program possible.
“They’ve provided a tent and a barbecue and they have two little boys who are involved with the Groms,” Argent said.
“The wife has done a lot of admin work for me and she has made it (organising) easy and achievable.”
The D’bah Groms program is highly sought after and numbers are full for the upcoming season.
But Argent said that those who are interested in getting their kids involved, can come down and gain an insight into what the program involves.
“We are capped at 60, but people can still come down and check it out and they can drop off their details for sign up for the following season,” Argent said.
Opening day kicks off tomorrow at 8am (QLD) and runs through to 11am.
There will be water available plus a sausage sizzle, and kids will receive a welcoming pack on arrival.
Argent said the season is fun for everyone involved, and has been well received in the past.
“It’s good for the little ones to get down and have a bit of ocean awareness and the community get down there and get around it,” she said.