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Surfing Participation Program



This program, now owned by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong, has grown from humble beginnings 13 years ago and now includes the annual Woorrangalook Victorian Koori Surfing Titles.

Max Wells, Executive Director of Surfing Victoria, originally launched the program and is proud of the way the carnival has enabled Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria to reconnect. The program has improved the self-esteem and pride of those who have taken part, and it has created jobs for people, some of whom had drug and alcohol problems, or issues within the justice system.

Kelly Slater, winner of the 2010 Rip Curl Pro, gave his trophy, the iconic Bells Trophy, to the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. This symbolic gesture acknowledged the importance of a partnership between the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and Surfing Victoria/Rip Curl (co-owners of the Rip Curl Pro).

Abstract adapted from Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)


Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd
Lot 62 Morgan Street
North Geelong VIC 3215
Ph:(03) 5277 0044
Fax:(03) 5278 4123

Related publications

Life is health is life: taking action to close the gap (2011)


This evidence-based health promotion resource provides information and guidance for action to improve the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians.

It brings together stories of health promotion practice from across Victoria and a review of the scientific literature, as well as providing the evidence for effective interventions that can be used in health promotion planning. The resource covers areas where significant health gains can be made, such as:

This resource is designed for people who work in community and women's health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and local government.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Health Promotion Foundation


Last updated: 30 June 2016
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