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Happy little surfy-mites roll up

THE recent launch of the Surfing Australia Vegemite Groms National Surf School at Currumbin Alley was a huge success with literally hundreds of grommets gathering around sporting identities including four-time World Champion Mark Richards.

Surfing is an obsession, a bit like eating Vegemite, and when both come together, it's a natural combo.

The iconic Australian made brand that was invented in 1922 from leftover brewers extract rich in vitamin B is now sponsoring the second year of the hugely popular grommets learn to surf program.

For ages five to 12 years, the grom schools will kick off during the September School Holidays (September 24 to October 4) with two morning sessions at 90 minutes from 8am or 10am.

The cost is $180 but the kids' - ahh, groms - will be fully buffed out with all sorts of Quiksilver gear, backpack, rash vest,sunhat,water bottle and a tube of Vegemite plus a couple of wahu toys, representing amazing value for money.

Classes will be graded on age and experience and soft surfboards will be provided for the lessons.

"VEGEMITE SurfGroms has been an amazing success story in Australian sport," said Surfing Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark.

"To achieve 8000 participants and welcome such prestigious partners in the first year of the program was an outstanding result we are all very proud of.

"We very much look forward to the day a VEGEMITE SurfGrom holds up the World Championship trophy."

MR (Mark Richards) is tipping that either Fanning or Parkinson will claim this year's World title adding with a chuckle, "Kelly's got enough World Titles!"

To register for the Surf Grom program, go on the Surfing Australia site and look for, enter your area and sign up.

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