Albany Boardriders extend an invite to hang 10 in September at 2023 Girls Surf Camp in Bremer Bay
Great Southern surf club Albany Boardriders will be holding its annual three-day Girls Surf Camp at Bremer Bay from September 30 and the group is hoping to attract as many women as possible to the event.
Boadriders general committee member Becky Mitchell said the camp welcomed women of all ages and abilities.
“The camp has been going for over 20 years,” she said.
“It’s something that came about because even 20 years ago the sport was quite male-dominated.
“A lot of those original ladies have moved on but a lot of them still come back and compete in tournaments and some of them still return to the camps.”
Ms Mitchell said the Girls Surf Camp provided a comfortable space for women to come together, connect and learn.
“You can be a beginner or someone who surfs on a regular basis and still get something out of it,” she said.
“We’ve got three female coaches and two male coaches who are all accredited and there’s some locals as well which is fantastic.”
The camp will feature daily surfs as well as water safety awareness sessions and yoga.
“We’ll do a lot together as a group, it’ll be early starts with stretching and getting to know each other before we split up based on experience,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Novice groups will learn the basics in the shallows, how to get up on the board, that kind of thing — the beach at Bremer is ideal, it’s not very deep and it slowly goes deeper.
“At the other end, there’s a bigger surf break for the more experienced surfers, it’s an easy beach to access.”
Stance, feet positioning, board selection and competition technique will be covered at the camp and boards and wetsuits will be available.
“Embracing mother nature, loving the feel of the ocean, the feeling of the ocean’s power, it’s so important,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Coming together, getting all the ladies together, it creates a real bond — this time of year you often see whales and dolphins and that experience alone is wonderful.
“If you happen to be in the ocean at the same time it’s even better.”
More information on the event and registration forms can be found on the Albany Surf website.
Online registration closes at 6pm on August 20 but anyone who misses the cut off can email the club at email@example.com
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