Surf school is just for women
CABARITA is home to one of the few all-women surf schools in Australia.
Belen Kimble created her dream job teaching women to surf in Cabarita when she founded Salty Girls Surf School two years ago.
Ms Kimble was sponsored at the age of 18 to surf and promote women’s surfing on the world stage.
“I loved it and I only competed because it would bring all the girls together that you would not see often,” Ms Kimble said.
“I won an amateur longboard title and competed against the boys in some divisions. But I pulled away from the competition part of it and just wanted to do surf trips with friends for magazines and films.”
Ms Kimble now teaches women to surf seven days a week on the Tweed Coast.
“I was constantly hearing from women how male-dominated the line-up was, and male surf instructors hitting on girls more than actually caring about teaching them to surf,” Ms Kimble said.
“I have taught at all-girl surf schools all over the world and found that women find it more comfortable to learn from a woman.
“They see that I have been there and understand about having breasts get in the way, or moving your hips differently to stand up.”
Ms Kimble said she had been coming to Australia for almost 10 years on surf trips before she moved here.
“I had been teaching surfing since I was 16 ... so starting Salty Girls Surf School seemed like the natural step.”
Ms Kimble’s surf school teaches women mostly in their mid-30s, but she said students have ranged from four years to 78 years old.
Visit www.saltygirlssurfschool.com for information.