FUN IN THE SUN: Girls Go Surfing Day will give novices the chance to catch a wave.
FUN IN THE SUN: Girls Go Surfing Day will give novices the chance to catch a wave. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Surf session set aside for girls to learn

IF YOU'RE female and you've always wanted to learn how to surf, this weekend is your chance.

The annual Girls Go Surfing Day is on again and the world's longest running female learn-to-surf program will provide an opportunity for women on the Northern Rivers to get in the water and hang 10.

The Girls Go Surfing Day has been running world-wide for the past 24 years and not surprisingly, has had a strong presence in Byron Bay.

The initiative encourages girls of all ages to head to the beach and have a go at learning to surf in a supportive environment.

Surfing Byron Bay is getting in on the Girls Go Surfing action this weekend and will be holding lessons at Clarkes Beach for all generations of women eager to try to catch their first wave.

COOL KIDS: Mahia Adams, 8, Courtney and Tayla Slater, 11 and surf coach Karin Ochsner getting ready for the Girls Go Surfing day next weekend. STORY PAGE 2
COOL KIDS: Mahia Adams, 8, Courtney and Tayla Slater, 11 and surf coach Karin Ochsner getting ready for the Girls Go Surfing day next weekend. STORY PAGE 2 Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Surfing Byron Bay owner Serena Adams said the weekend was an opportunity for women of all ages to have some fun in the waves.

"Surfing is a very social sport, when you see another girl out in the surf you always say 'hello'," Ms Adams said.

She also said learning to surf helped women build confidence as well as helping to keep fit and healthy.

"The weekend is a great opportunity for girls, mums, aunties and grandmothers to come down to the beach and have a laugh together," Ms Adams said.

A Surfing Australia spokesman said the day was designed to promote fitness and well-being to females of all ages.

"The event will take place across a vast selection of Australia's beautiful beaches at the perfect time of year," the spokesman said.

Girls Go Surfing Days will be held around the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Go Surfing

To book a lesson with Surfing Byron Bay contact Serena on 0401 099 029

Lessons are $55 for two hours

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