The first Boogie Youth Development Clinic of 2016 was held at Tuncurry Beach on Sunday 10th January with blue skies, a warm brisk offshore wind and 1 to 1.5ft of glassed off swell.

A very eager group of kids raced to the sandy shores, all but frothing at the mouth with excitement wanting to learn how to bodyboard.

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Massive thank you to Mid Coast Water, Rotary Great Lakes, NMD Co, VS Bodyboards, Forster Surf Live Saving, Woolworths Forster, McDonalds Forster, Good Sports Australia, Drug Foundation Australia.

Our amazing instructors were Levi Wagner, Shane Chalker, Joel Cockeram, Gavin Williams, Josh Aurisch, Daniel Smith, Sam Elbourne and Aaron Dodds.

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Statistics

  • 55 participants
  • 22 girls, 33 boys
  • 45% Under 12yrs of age
  • 45% indigenous
  • 25% have bodyboarded before and are a part of current bodyboarding community
  • 40% beginners

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The clinic started out with acknowledgement of Country, respect to past present and future elders of Worimi and Birpiri land.

Instructors discuss Take 3 Campaign and address each and everyone’s environmental footprint Massive thanks to Booging Amnesty, all participants gear up with hand me down boards, fins and wetsuits and hit the water with instructors to gauge water awareness and Bodyboarding skills.

Early Conditions were pristine for coaching, offering up some early barrels and flip bowls for the more advanced riders.

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While everyones in the water Great Lakes Rotary cook up a feast of bacon and eggs for breakfast and provide fresh fruit thanks to Woolworths Forster for that quick snack before returning to the next session.

All youth were broken into specific groups for speciality coaching, where they circulated in groups

– surf awareness and real life rescue techniques,

– Bodyboard 101 (2 different instructors groups to allow different skillsets be taught),

– introducing grass roots clubs to all youth

Winds, swell and numbers on the beach changed drastically making conditions extremely difficult to educate. Some land based activities occurred focusing on bodyboarding basics and some fun games.

Lunch was provided by Great Lakes Rotary. Post lunch, we all rehashed on what we were taught throughout the day, especially “who is the most important person in the water” “Surf and Rip awareness” “how to grab rail and set clean lines” and “body placement”.

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Boogie Youth closed the day, first thanking all instructors, and headed into some prizes, each participant received a BY Tshirt, Surf awareness packs and were introduction to the local Bodyboard Club, Forster Tuncurry Bodyboard Club.

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Many youth were encouraged and recognised for their development and attention to learning, especially 2 amazing kids whom at first would not enter the water at 8am to then the biggest smiles and wouldn’t get out of the water at 1pm.

Thank you for supporting the Next Generation

The next Boogie Youth Development Clinic is at Newcastle on the 14th Feb, for more information

please contact boogieyouth@gmail.com