Girls let rip in surf

A NEW Layne Beachley might have been unearthered at Charles-worth Bay, Coffs Harbour, on the weekend at the Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day.

More than 70 Coffs Coast girls joined thousands around the country for the 14th annual event (second in Coffs Harbour).

The day was designed to introduce girls to surfing, although organiser Bob Palmer said some intermediate level surfers also attended.

"We had girls aged from eight up to mid 30s and everyone seemed to enjoy it," he said.

"Most of them were new to surfing, but some had a few lessons before and came for a bit of extra coaching.

"It was very successful, we had about the same numbers as last year, but the heavy rain on Friday slowed bookings down."

Palmer said everyone had caught a wave by Sunday afternoon.

"Everyone stood up over the two days," he said.

"Once they stand up, it seems to give them the drive and the interest to keep going."

Palmer said events like the Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day are slowly eroding the male-dominated stigma of surfing.

"More and more girls are getting keen to have a go," he said.

"Some of them still get a bit intimidated when there are a lot of guys out there though.

"These events are designed to make them more comfortable in the water and overcome that mild intimidation."

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