Australia’s first surf park, URBNSURF Melbourne has finalised a three-year partnership with Surfing Victoria ahead of its public opening in January 2020.
As part of the deal, Surfing Victoria, the state’s organising body for surfing, will deliver ongoing training to URBNSURF’s coaches and staff, advise on URBNSURF’s Surfing Academy, board riders club and competitions, deliver high performance training and guiding to Victorian, Australian and international elite surfers and assist with broader advocacy and education.
URBNSURF will also assist Surfing Victoria with grassroots surfing communities in the state, including providing all Victorian coastal board riders clubs the opportunity to host a club round competition at the surf park for free.
Surfing Victoria chief executive, Adam Robertson, said Surfing Victoria is excited to begin working with URBNSURF Melbourne and for the park to officially open to the public.
“We’re pumped to be in partnership with URBNSURF Melbourne,” Robertson said.
“The inclusive nature of what URBNSURF is aiming to achieve with the surf park, to open the sport up to all ages and abilities, complements Surfing Victoria’s purpose of enriching Victorian communities through surfing,” he said.
The partnership was announced at an event at URBNSURF Melbourne that saw rising stars of Victorian surfing join Sally Fitzgibbons and Julian Wilson to experience the first waves at the park.
URBNSURF’s founder, Andrew Ross, said this partnership will help many young Australians achieve their dreams.
“We’re stoked to be partnering with Surfing Victoria to deliver high-quality surf lessons and coaching programs at Australia’s first surf park, and to help more talented surfers from Victoria, and around Australia, achieve their dreams of competing on the world stage,” Ross said.
“The team at Surfing Victoria will be invaluable in helping us educate and develop the skills of our staff, coaches and lifeguards, as well as establishing world-class learn to surf programs here in Tullamarine, so that we can equip people of all ages and abilities with the skills to surf more and to surf better,” he said.
The two-hectare surf park, based in Melbourne’s Tullamarine, will offer both left and right breaks day and night, all year long when it opens in January 2020.
Park visitors will also be able to choose to surf in beginner, intermediate or advanced one-hour surf sessions, or learn to surf as part of a group or private one hour and 45-minute lessons.