WSL pro surfer Codie Klein with Kingscliff High School students Lisa Cook, Nina Jackson, Molly McNamara, Evee Thuys, Renee Ng and Taylor Durrant.
WSL pro surfer Codie Klein with Kingscliff High School students Lisa Cook, Nina Jackson, Molly McNamara, Evee Thuys, Renee Ng and Taylor Durrant. Liana Turner

Pro surfer visits Kingy High to celebrate female success

PRO surfer and former Kingscliff High School student Codie Klein visited her old school today to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Ms Klein, who travelled to Peru with the Australian surfing team while in Year 12 in 2011, spoke to a crowd of Year 10, 11 and 12 students about reaching for the stars in a male-dominated field.

“Today is a beautiful... time to be a young ambitious woman,” Ms Klein said.

She said surfing began as a stress-relieving passion, but she developed a love for the sport which was unrivalled.

While competing during the HSC - and now during her university studies - hasn’t been easy, Ms Klein encouraged the students to pursue their passions.

“Doing a university degree and surfing has not been easy... but it was all in line with my goals... so I never second-guessed any of it,” she said.

“I chased waves instead of going to Schoolies. I left parties early to train the next day.

“From the outside looking in, travelling the world and competing in surfing events would seem like a never-ending holiday.

“But... picking a sport that is at mercy to nature has been forever humbling.”

Ms Klein, who will complete a degree in accounting and finance at Bond University this year, said embarking on two careers in predominantly male fields was never a problem because of her passion for both.

“For an outsider the surfing world is sexualised and suffers from serious inequality in numbers and prize money,” she said.

“But the change starts with every single one of us taking a step back from why we can’t or why we shouldn’t and figuring out how we can because one step toward equality is every woman believing in herself.”

Ms Klein, who is still a Kingscliff local, remains on the professional surfing circuit and hopes to commit next year solely to surfing.

Kingscliff High School captain Renee Ng welcomed Ms Klein’s return to the school.

“It’s definitely very important to celebrate and acknowledge all the great (things) women have achieved,” Renee said.

“It’s important to show that great things can be achieved by everybody, men and women.”



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