By Leigh O’Connor.
Inspiring women to overcome adversity and achieve their
goals and dreams is the mission of Salty Girls Surf School founder Belen Kimble-Fuller.
Based on the Tweed Coast, Salty Girls is Australia’s first
all-female surf school, bringing women and the ocean together, with group and
private lessons, clinics and yoga classes.
Belen learned to surf at age 15 while living in California
and after graduating from high school, worked at Water Girl – the world’s first
all-female surf shop and taught surfing at Surf Diva. She went on to teach
surfing at all-female schools in Costa Rica, Canada and Hawaii, before moving
to Australia in 2007.
Belen’s talents in the water and her passion for the sport
led to a career as a Billabong-sponsored professional surfer and 15 years
travelling the world, filming for movies and magazines promoting women’s
Photo credit: Tano, instagram.
Since arriving Down Under, she has introduced women of all
ages to the sport and spirit of surfing, in an encouraging and fun environment.
Salty Girls offers everything from first-time surfing
experiences, to professional coaching and fine tuning. Those new to surfing are
taught in waist deep water with small groups and a high coach-to-student ratio,
to ensure safety.
Each surf lesson, whether private or group, is specifically
designed for individual needs, abilities and goals. Located on the beautiful
far north coast of New South Wales, Salty Girls operates on several different
beaches, depending on daily conditions, but with most lessons run at
Kingscliff’s main beach.
For those wanting a magical start to the morning, try Salty
Girls’ yoga and surf session, while the town is still sleepy, the water warm
and glassy and the waves perfect. A gentle 30-minute yoga class – where you can
breathe, stretch and strengthen your muscles – is followed by a 90-minute surf
coaching session, tutored by first-class coaches.
The school’s professional, expert instructors are trained to
work with people of all ages and skill levels, and are also certified in CPR
and First Aid. Schedule a private lesson for yourself, or with a small group of
friends and family for a memorable day out – or even a laughter-packed Hen’s
All you need to bring is a positive attitude, swimwear,
towel, sunscreen and drinking water – all surfing equipment is provided as part
of the lesson.
Surf clinics are the ultimate way to learn the sport, or
take it to the next level, with various options available. Enjoy six weeks of
fun while learning everything you need to feel comfortable and competent in the
ocean, covering all aspects of surfing from safety to etiquette, paddling and
wave riding skills.
So get ready to hang ten and hang loose with gnarly waves
and girls who know how to ride them! For more information, check out Salty
Girls Facebook page, by clicking here.