Surfing: there's nothing like study and practice

Ever thought of asking admission to a MBA in Surfing? Would you imagine yourself in the Surfing University?


Well, nowadays you can develop your academic knowledge in the wave riding science in several postgraduated studies, from Europe to Australia. There are several university programs for surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders.

In the end, you will be able, for instance, to design and manufacture board fins based on principles of aerodynamics. Here are some of the finest postgrad surfing studies in the world:

Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Portugal

Website: www.fmh.utl.pt/fmhsurf
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
What: Postgraduate Degree in Surfing
How: The course has 13 modules in the Sport Science scientific areas (theory and practic classes) with a total of 205 hours, in two semesters.

The course is taught mostly by teachers of the Faculty of Human Kinetics and by professionals from other institutions with recognized professional competence in specific areas.

Plymouth University, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=34512
Where: Plymouth, United Kingdom
What: BSc (Hons) in Surf Science and Technology
How: This course provides an opportunity for those with an interest in surfing to pursue rigorous academic study of the scientific, technical and business aspects of the international surfing industries. Each year of the course is complemented with opportunities for practical surfing.

The University has close links with the British Surfing Association (BSA) and as part of the Surf Science and Technology degree you will have the opportunity to complete your BSA level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications. The opportunity to complete the NARS Beach lifeguard qualification is also provided at level 1.

The course has a duration of three years in full time.

Southern Cross University, Australia

Website: www.scu.edu.au/coursesin2010/?action=matrix&command=matrix_temp_load&spk_no=301074
Where: Tweed Heads, Australia
What: Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) HOW: Combine your passion for surfing with an exciting career.
How: The Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) was developed in response to industry demand and in conjunction with Surfing Australia to provide the knowledge and skills required of employees and managers in the expanding global surf industry.

The Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) also provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Edith Cowan University, Australia

Website: www.southwest.ecu.edu.au/surf/course.html
Where: Margaret River, Australia
What: Bachelor of Science (Surf Science and Technology)
HOW: This three-year full-time or equivalent part-time degree offered by ECU South West provides an opportunity for individuals with an interest in surfing to pursue the scientific, business and technological aspects of the surfing industry.

Students acquire the skills necessary for management in this diverse, expanding and exciting industry. Subject areas considered include ocean sciences, materials technology, event management, human performance, business studies together with units of study associated with the surfing genre.

This course is available by full time or part time mode.

Universidade da Prancha, Centro Universitário Monte Serrat, Brazil

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Where: Santos, Brazil
What: Postgraduation in Surfing
How: Unipran has been developing numerous academic activities in surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding and snowboarding, including: postgraduate courses, research, book publishing, etc.

This course offers the opportunity to work with surfboard resin (laminating and repairing), learn the basics of Exercise Physiology and even to talk about yoga philosophy and practice, without mysticism, showing its importance today, for obtaining a more harmonious life.

Universidade de Sao Paulo, Escola de Educação Física e Esporte da USP, Brazil

Website: www.ibrasurf.com.br/
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil
What: Surfing: Administration, Marketing and Business Management
How: The two-month course "Surfing: Administration, Marketing and Business Management" promises to gather the best names of the Brazilian surf industry in a complete lesson kit.

The MBA of Portuguese-speaking surfers features several interesting dossiers. History of the surfing market, managing surf companies, marketing in surfing, events and sponsorships, surf publishing, surfing legislation and surf retail.