Riding the Wave in Margaret River
Margaret River Police joined the Wadandi Surf Academy, surfing alongside students from both Margaret River and Busselton Senior High School during a recent six-week program.
The program introduces socially disadvantages kids aged 12-18 to a healthy and active lifestyle through surfing and incorporates a strong cultural awareness program which promotes connection to land and sea.
Surfing Western Australia has brought together a group of Indigenous people from the Southwest area with a focus on creating a sustainable Aboriginal Surf Academy that will lead into pathway programs for future Aboriginal professional surfers, high performance training, surf coaching and opportunities to employ Aboriginal judges, team leaders and coaches.
Margaret River Constable Kyle Hey said each week students battled tough conditions, including large swells, strong winds, flash rips along with anything else Mother Nature could throw at them. “The students were in safe hands, thanks to local surfing legend Josh Palmateer and his coaching team which included professional big wave surfer, Felicity Palmateer,” he said.
“The program wrapped up on 8 December with near perfect conditions and special guest appearances by professional surfers Taj Burrows and Jacob Wilcox who were more than happy to get involved and speak with the students.”