Indigenous Locals Take Lead for WSL Opening

Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Before the pros hit the waves at Snapper Rocks for the opening round of the 2017 WSL World Championship Tour, a welcome to Country and Indigenous/Pro surfer challenge will again form part of an Indigenous opening event on Monday 13 March. 

Last year saw the inaugural Juraki-WSL partnering on the trials day for the Quiksilver Pro and included local elders relating their stories and welcome to Country, the team challenge and the opportunity for local indigenous students to watch the trials in prime position and meet and greet with some of the pro surfers.

In 2017, the tradition continues with a series of events scheduled to take place in the morning on Monday 13 March, including:

  • Welcome to Country and the Juraki Dance which will relate the story of “Churakai”, the first officially recognized lifesaver (for the area from Kirra to Tweed River)
  • Team challenge – pro surfers are still to be selected and a shift has been made to partner these pro surfers with up and coming junior indigenous surfers as part of a mentoring program
  • Approx. 80 indigenous students will be attending along with local elders and community members

It gives locals and visitors the chance to glimpse the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro set-up before the crowds come the next day, as well as watch a cultural performance and young indigenous surfers take on the pros – with Joel Parkinson, John John Florence and Stephanie Gilmore just a few names to confirm their attendance this year.

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