We’re excited to release this amazing line-up of workshops & activities, where you’ll meet, learn & be inspired by incredible surfing legends & specialists.
OCEAN CONFIDENCE & BREATHE
What happens to the mind and body when experiencing intense ocean situations?
This workshop brings surfing insights to provide a deeper understanding of what the human body and mind goes through when stressed, particularly when underwater in tumbles and hold downs. You’ll learn skills to deal with these situations, by developing processes for managing stress, self-awareness, self-control and good decision making. These skills can be applied not only in the water, but across all facets of life, benefiting health and wellness.
Suitable for women of all ages who surf and want to start experiencing bigger waves, but may not have the confidence or knowledge to try.
LONGBOARD TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE
Ready to take your longboarding to the next level?
This is an interactive land-based workshop where you’ll learn how to trim, read the wave & timing, use your rails, how to turn your longboard by cutbacks, drop knee and cross step cutty, through to the ultimate noseriding technique… Whether you’re considering entering competitions, or just want to learn some technical longboard skills to add to your surf sessions, this is the workshop for you!
Suitable for women of all ages who longboard and ready to take their technical performance to the next level.
TRAIN LIKE A WOMAN
Improve your surfing by training like a woman.
You could ignore the ‘pink elephant’ in the room and dismiss your unique female biology. You could continue to train like most people, with techniques that are more suited to men. But you’ll miss vital information that will help you surf your best waves. Candice Land takes you through land-based conditioning strategies that can reduce our unique injury risks and also help women paddle better and decompress from a surf session. These exercises are ones that you will be able to keep in your quiver for a lifetime.
Suitable for ages 13 years and older.
BYO towel and water bottle.
OCEAN LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY
How to take amazing surfing photos every time
Surfing was one of the reasons that I got into photography. Even though I’m now a surfer myself, I still love to shoot surfers. As my knowledge of photography has progressed, so has my ability to take great surfing photos. So now I’d like to share my top tips with you. The session will cover gear and equipment, tips on camera settings and lighting, how to get creative with surf photography, and how to move your surf photography from land into the water. After the session, anyone who wishes to practice with their own camera is welcome to join Hannah on the beach to put your learning to action.
Suitable for photographers of all ages who are interested in trying surf photography for the first time or who have just begun and wish to improve. A basic knowledge of photography is ideal but not essential.
FOOD, MOODS AND HORMONES
Let’s celebrate being a woman
And have a frank conversation about how food can really make a difference to improve our moods, and ultimately our hormones! Nutrient-rich fresh foods are just the first step to achieving a healthier hormone balance and keeping your moods in check. Join us for an informal chat with Nutritionists Rachel Enright and Kimberly Kushner around menstrual cycles, pain, endometriosis, moods, and simple dietary advice to relieve some symptoms and regulate unbalanced hormones. This will really open your mind for some friendly and mood-changing advice.
Suited for females aged 15 years and older
THE MINDFUL SURFER
Individuation within the Surfing Culture
Mindfulness is an important and effective way to create more positivity and meaning in anyone’s life. Being a ‘Mindful Surfer’ however, can aide to engage a person more fully in all facets of surfing throughout their lifespan. Being fully aware, present, and engaged with the surfing lifestyle as it prescribes to the individual is the difference between ‘a person who surfs’, and a ‘surfer’.
This workshop will seek to explore and discuss emotional resilience in surfing, vulnerability and coping, gender neutrality and bias, competitiveness and personality types, the history and culture of women’s surfing in relation to the individual female surfer of today, and, acts of respect – activism for you, by you, for others, as a way forward.
Sarra will show you that by adopting a practice of mindfulness that considers all of these issues as they relate to your own surfing and life, you will benefit most from the surfing lifestyle on a personal, community and global level.
Suitable from seasoned surfer to landlocked wannabe, bringing mindfulness to your surfing journey will benefit every aspect of your life.
STYLER INSPIRATION SESSION
Join us as we bring some of the best female surfers together to celebrate and inspire. Meet our host Rachel Tilly, with guests Mason Schremmer, Sierra Lerback, Lilliana Bowery & Jalaan Slabb, who share their passion for this amazing surfing culture and lifestyle.
GET THE MOST OUTTA YA SURF SESH
Wanna get the most out of your surfing sessions?
Some of it’s in the planning and your set up as well as knowing a few tricks and tips whilst you’re out the back (or enjoying the foam)… Find out about how to get ready for local comps and what judges are looking for. Here’s your chance to find out how to get the most from your surfing, no matter what level you’re at!
This is an interactive land-based workshop where you can learn from a couple of the most accomplished and well-liked female surfers.
Suitable for women of all levels.
OCEAN WOMEN & THE ART OF BUSINESS
Despite a global pandemic, it’s never been easier to “launch a brand”.
How to use strategy and systems to build brand value and design a creative lifestyle business your way. However, to survive the odds of remaining in business longer than three years* requires tenacity, resilience and mindful strategies – not just a banging Instagram account and neat aesthetics. Successful businesses use vision, value and strategy to transcend failure and one-hit-wonder-ism. Danielle Clayton, founder Salt Gypsy discusses the foundations required for creating a profitable lifestyle business while fostering environmental and social stewardship.
Suitable for ages 15 years and older
GROMS SURF LESSONS
This is the perfect session for to get your little grom out on a surfboard for the first time!
If your child has never surfed before or you want to refresh their skills, this is the perfect lesson to get into. Our friendly experienced Salty Girls Surf all female crew will cater for the absolute beginner and have coaches that will paddle out the back with kids ready for the next level of surfing, so no child is left out. This is a super fun lesson that your little one will come back full of smiles!
Audience: For girls aged from 5 years to 12 years. No surfing experience necessary, however must be water confident.
Limited to just 20 groms. (Coach to surfer ratio is 1:5)
BYO towel and swimwear/wetsuit. Foam surfboards will be provided.
FEMALE LEARN TO SURF LESSONS
It’s time to experience the excitement of riding your first wave!
If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is your perfect lesson. Our friendly experienced Salty Girls Surf all female crew will cater for the absolute beginner, and have coaches that will paddle out the back if you’re ready for the next level of surfing, so no-one is left out. This is a super fun lesson that you’ll come back with a wicked grin!
Audience: For women of all ages. No surfing experience necessary, however must be water confident.
Limited to just 20 ladies. (Coach to surfer ratio is 1:5)
BYO towel and swimwear/wetsuit. Foam surfboards will be provided.
SURF ART CLASS
Create your own piece of surf art with Surf Artist Amanda Davidson.
This interactive session will cover basic acrylic painting techniques, how to draw and paint a wave and incorporate paper collage into a finished artwork piece. You’ll create your very own piece of surf art and have fun while learning some new skills whilst connecting with like-minded people!
Audience: For all ages. Children under 8 years will need to be supervised with an adult.
Limited to just 10 budding artists.
BYO drink and art apron. All paint and artwork tools will be provided.
Surf for longer as you age, or simply spend longer in the water with each session.
Maybe you’ve come back to surfing post kids, or you’ve just found surfing? Perhaps you can only surf a couple of times per week and you want to make every session count.
Our goal is to make sure you that every time you hit the water you’re ready to enjoy the best surf ever! This means ensuring you have mobility, strength, flexibility and the right headspace. You are minimising the risk of injury and are in the right shape to catch every possible wave no matter your experience or level of surfing.
We will also show you how to recover for your next surf by way of self massage or myofascial release and we always finish each session with pranayama and meditation.
BEACH YOGA & BEACH CLEAN UP
Start your day with an incredible and relaxing 45-minute yoga session to breathe pure goodness into your body on beautiful Coolangatta beach.
Follow on with doing good for the ocean, with a beach clean-up and chat with yoga practitioner and marine conservationist, Mollie Cox.
Suited for females aged 15years+. Mollie can tailor the class for individual abilities.
BYO towel/yoga mat & water bottle. Beach clean kit and gloves will be provided.
Limited to just 20 people.
Kindly supported by City of Gold Coast Our Beaches program
FLORAL SURF CROWNS
Join the FLORAL SURF QUEENDOM with Julia Rose
Julia will be hosting a special 1 hour Floral Surf Crown Making workshop. Learn how to make your own stunning floral crown in this relaxed styled session, where Julia will guide you to embrace your inner creative. Plus, you get to take home your own floral crown creation! Queen me!
Workshop is limited to just 20 people, so secure your ticket early (includes florals and accessories to create your own Floral Surf Crown).
Julia Rose is the epitome of artistry and glamour when it comes to her floral couture.
“I love creating & designing beautiful pieces of floral art – from sweet and simple all the way to the spectacular! Flowers relax, be-dazzle, impress and evokes the senses through sweet perfumes”.
Do you love Gold Coast Ocean Beaches?
Are you interested in learning about what’s involved in looking after our precious dune ecosystem? This City of Gold Coast ‘Our Beaches’ community dune planting session is a free event aimed at giving participants a hands-in-the-sand experience; meet like-minded people while weeding, planting and learning about the plants and animals that call our coastal dunes home.’
Session is limited to just 30 people, so please secure your ticket early
Please note Schedule is subject to change – ticket holders will be informed