Parents follow kids into surfing schools
PARENTS don't drop their kids off at surf school anymore.
Instead, they're increasingly staying and enjoying the fun themselves.
Head teacher and owner of the Yamba Angourie Surf School Jeremy Walters said the trend had grown steadily in the 12 years he has run the Yamba Angourie Surf School.
"Instead of parents booking their kids into classes, more and more are choosing to come along and learn some skills with them," Jeremy said.
"A lot of them wished they'd had a go at surfing when they were young and decided they'd try it with their kids.
"It's a great thing to do. Both the parents and kids seem to have a really great time together."
This summer, sunny weather and a small surf have combined to create perfect conditions for novice surfers.
"While some experienced surfers might want the bigger waves, the smaller surf is perfect for learners," he said.
"I can also help them with the right equipment and teach how to read the conditions as well."
As well as parents, Jeremy has noticed an increasing number of older people learning to surf for the first time.
"There's a lot of people out there who might have tried surfing with their mates years ago and never stuck with it," he said.
"They're here on holidays, the weather is good and they decide it might be something they'd try again."
Jeremy said it was hard to estimate how many people he might have taught over the years.
"In good years I might teach 200 to 300, but other years, when we have bad weather it's not so good," he said.