The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program is the key initiative of Surfing Victoria’s Indigenous Strategic Pillar and is one of the longest running Indigenous engagement programs in the country.
Now in its 23rd year, the program uses Surfing as a way to connect Indigenous Victorians with the ocean whilst learning new skills, water safety knowledge and healthy habits. Strong Aboriginal community leadership and engagement in culturally safe and engaging environments that are inclusive, respectful and flexible are they core values of the program to ensure its success.
Meet the Mentors
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- Surfing Victorian’s Indigenous Aquatics manager
- 11x Victorian Indigenous Champion
- Was first introduced to the program in 2006
- Wadawurrung Traditional Owner
- Surfing Victoria Board Member
- Was first involved in the program 15 plus years ago
- Founder and CEO of Strong Brother Strong Sister
- Started as a participant of the Indigenous Surfing Program in the early 2000’s
- Program Mentor
- Started as a participant in 2014
- Program Catalyst in 1998
- Former Indigenous Aquatics Officer
“The girls have been dealing with a lot of social issues, the program and surfing has been an amazing outlet for them”
– Shane Bell
"To see Jarrah’s little face absolutely ecstatic after catching his first few white waters to beach was priceless and makes me enthusiastic for us to continue down this path of enjoying the ocean and learning to surf whenever possible. I think this program you guys run is fantastic."
"For 6 years I've been volunteering to take kids away to Koori Surfing programs across the state. All the kids engaged in everything, from learning to surf and their culture... these events are so important for our mob in so many ways!"
– Naomi Murphy
“Its amazing to see everyone doing the programs together, elders getting to come down and see their kids, grandchildren and all doing it together as one big community."
– Teresa Free