Gold Coast: full of recreational surfers

A group of Australian wave riders has announced the launch of the Recreational Surfing Association.


Tired of pro surfers and their impossible tricks in magazine covers? Jim Wilson and Andrew McKinnon believe that we should surf for fun and to protect the beach and surf amenity.

Having in mind that recreational surfers make up 95% of the surfing population, the new non-profit community organisation aims to see the 38-kilometer Gold Coast's coastal strip be declared a World Surfing Reserve, from South Straddie to Coolangatta.

"Today is an exciting day for participants from all walks of life and all ages, creed, race and colour, who engage in recreational surfing, in Australia and the world," says Jim Wilson, Chairman of Recreational Surfing Association.

"Recreational surfing includes all genders and ages who 'go to the beach' to surf for the fun of it, body surfing, shortboards, kneeboards, longboards, bodyboards, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boards, kayaks, surf ski's and all manner of surf craft available to them."

The voice for the recreational surfer and beach lovers will be driven by the social media network, and it replaces the former Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance (SOSBA), which fought for Kirra and its surf breaks.

"Our new organization will breathe new life into our wonderful lifestyle that has a huge demographic of the wide populace who just love surfing for the pure, simple fun of it," concludes Andrew McKinnon, Secretary of RSA.