Gidgets get down to Farnborough for Girls Go Surfing Day
SHE may want to pursue a career in neuropsychology at university next year, but for Yeppoon's Sophie Eastwood, there's no need to think too much when it comes to hopping on a surfboard.
The 17-year-old graduate of The Rockhampton Grammar School said being in the ocean was more of a second nature to her.
On the weekend she'll take to Yeppoon's Farnborough Beach at the Surfing Australia Girls Go Surfing Day.
"I've got a lot of friends who I invited to come along; it's a really fun day and a really rewarding experience," Sophie said.
"Basically everyone can stand up on a board by the end of the lesson."
Sophie's dad and proprietor of Capricorn Coast Learn 2 Surf, Pat Eastwood said the event had been running in Yeppoon for the past 10 years and attracted girls and women of all ages.
"We get kids from five to 75 year olds and our event gets the biggest attendance in the country," Pat said.
"It all depends on the weather, but this weekend is looking like really good swells and weather conditions."
The event is held at more than 50 beaches around Australia and is in its 24th year of operation.
The program is a huge weekend on the surfing calendar, and provides an opportunity for girls of all ages to take part in a professional surf lesson with accredited Surfing Australia instructors.
"It's a great opportunity for girls to just enjoy it, learn something and feel more comfortable about having a go, and hopefully continue surfing," Pat said.
The cost is $55 and includes the lesson, the equipment hire and the Rip Curl show-bag. Call Pat on 0488076595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARN 2 SURF
WHAT: Surfing Australia Girls Go Surfing Day
WHERE: Farnborough Beach, between Beachside Caravan Park and the Bluff picnic area
WHEN: From 8am, 10am or 1pm on Saturday and Sunday