The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program is one of the longest running Indigenous engagement programs in the country, now in its 21st 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, respectul and flexible are they core values of the program to ensure its success.
The program is headed up by Surfing Victoria Indigenous Aquatics Manager, Jordie Campbell and utlizes an extensive group of role models across the state to run programs. In 2016/17, the program saw over 720 Indigenous Participants.
Over the past 2 years, the program has expanded from coastal location to inland, with the inclusion of SUP the program has been able to reach new communities in regional inland locations.
Programs are run across the state between October and May with locations covering the Surf Coast, Western Victoira, Ballarat, Bendigo, Metro Melbourne, Bass Coast, Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota.
Shane Bell: “The girls have been dealing with a lot of social issues, the program and surfing has been
an amazing outlet for them”
Tyrone: "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”
Naomi Murphy: "For 6 years I've been volunteering to take kids away to Koori Surfing programs across
state. All the kids engaged in everything learnt surf and culture... these events are so important for our
mob in so many ways!"
Teresa Free: “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."
For more information or to discuss the program further please contact Jordie Campbell on (03) 5261 2907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program is proudly supported by VicHealth, the Victorian Government, Play it Safe by the Water and Vitality Brands.