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Learning to surf at school

​A Miami State High School surfing student spending a lesson in one of the most scenic Queensland classrooms

​Imagine being able to call the beautiful Gold Coast beaches your school classroom... students from Miami High’s surf program get to do exactly that.

The Miami State High School Surfing Excellence Program is new in 2019 and is already attracting applicants from all around the world.

Miami State High School Dean of students – Enrichment, Rob Petersen, said that Miami State High School's Surfing Excellence Program was established after huge interest from the community.

“The goal of the program is to not only develop the competitive and free surfing performance of the athletes but also to give students opportunities to gain employment in the wider surfing industry,” Mr Petersen said.

“Students currently study surfing as part of their school timetable – they study 4 sessions per week with 2 practical surfing sessions, one of which is facilitated by Mark Richardson from Surfing Services, a local high performance professional coach who currently assists a number of World Tour competitors.

“The final session of the 4 is dedicated to a surf-specific strength and conditioning program, this is facilitated by Taylor Cecil who currently works with the likes of local Gold Coasters Mick Fanning and Ali Day and gives students the opportunity to learn key aspects of not only surfing performance but also various aspects of the surfing industry.”

Miami State High School Principal Susan Dalton said the school’s location just moments from the beach made the excellence program possible.

“We are very blessed to have one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at our doorstep,” Mrs Dalton said.

“Our location ensures the course nurtures and promotes the development of young surfers and our staff, with specialised teachers and industry professionals, deliver a world-class school surfing program.

“Our student athletes are provided with innovative opportunities and authentic learning experiences that aim to excite, engage and empower.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this excellence program at the school with the program aiming to provide a holistic approach to the development of a professional surfer – and who knows, we may have an upcoming world champion in training,” she said.

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Last updated
29 July 2019